And Eve Said Yes! by Mark Scheel

 
 
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - June 24, 2019 - PRLog -- And Eve Said Yes with Seven Stories presents the reader with a compelling assortment of characters wrestling with life challenges against the backdrop of various world religions. A Jewish stockbroker on Long Island must decide whats the moral course of action regarding his traumatized daughter and an innocent client about to incur a steep loss. A contemporary Catholic foursomeMatthew, Mark, Luke and Johnencounter brutal exploitation, murder and a shocking apparition on the mean streets of L.A. A Vietnam veteran fights nature in a crushing ice storm only to re-experience his agnostic nemesis. One man (whose daughter is marrying a Buddhist) offers a humorous take on Buddhism to his buddy in a sports bar. A woman struggles to overcome the bitterness of a failed marriage while attending a breakfast at an Islamic cultural center. A Hindu woman doctor, studying in the U.S. on a medical fellowship, is assisted, when tragedy strikes, by a disabled loner with a compassionate heart. Finally, the novella, And Eve Said Yes, reprises some elements of the different faiths introduced in the preceding short stores as the reader follows the quest of one Jason Hunter for a renewed spiritual connection, absolution of guilt for the accidental death of a coworker and the discovery of a true soul mate. Jason, a Navy veteran now a stockroom supervisor, is without family or a clear sense of direction. Following a severe storm, Jason and a young woman stranger save the life of an elderly woman in a dark flooded street. Jason feels a profound attraction to the young woman but has no idea how to locate her once more. He entertains counsel from those closest to himhis Jewish landlady, an earthy night watchman friend, an old college buddy involved with the SRF church in L.A. and a Jewish coworker who teaches Hebrew. At last, a chance encounter with a former college professor who taught comparative religion in a class Jason had taken years before provides an avenue of hope. The professor had had a near-death experience and invites Jason to attend a spiritual study group in his home. Its there that Jasons search takes a most unexpected turn and his path begins to bend in a whole new direction toward a possible resolution.

Mark Scheel was born and raised on a farm in rural,
east-central Kansas. After graduating from the
University of Kansas in 1967, and spending a period
"on the road," he served overseas with the American
National Red Cross in Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and
England. He later took graduate studies and taught at
Emporia State University. More recently he was an
information specialist with the Johnson County Library in
Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and a member of the board of
directors of Potpourri Publications Company. He now
writes full time, represented by the Metamorphosis Literary Agency,
and has served as a volunteer on the editorial staff of
Kansas City Voices magazine. His stories, articles, essays
and poems have appeared in numerous magazines, and he is
coauthor of the book OF YOUTH AND THE RIVER: THE MISSISSIPPI
ADVENTURE OF RAYMOND KURTZ, SR. His next book,
A BACKWARD VIEW: STORIES AND POEMS, won the J. Donald Coffin
Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club. Following that,
a collection of his blog series "The Pebble" was published
under the title THE PEBBLE: LIFE, LOVE, POLITICS AND
GEEZER WISDOM and a story/novella collection is forthcoming
from Waldorf Publishing in October 2019 titled AND EVE SAID YES
WITH SEVEN STORIES.

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