"Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride.

"Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair.

"Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness."

- Blaise Pascal

"And I said, My strength is perished, and mine expectation from Jehovah. Remember mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall."

- Lamentations 3:18-19 (ASV).

"Jehovah is slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation."

- Numbers 14:18 (ASV).

The story as it now lays upon the page.

Faced with a serial killer in his church, Pastor Jack Grayson must confront his bitterness with God before he can stop the killer and save the woman with whom he's rediscovering love.

Main Characters:

  • Pastor Jack Grayson
  • Detective Brooke Simmons
  • Detective Maxwell Tyler
  • Serial Killer "Z"

Pastor Jack Grayson

Pastor Jack Grayson is a man still believing in, but embittered with, God because of a past filled with pain and one desperate unanswered prayer.

His bitterness grows when the police make him their prime suspect in the murder of one of the teens from his church. His resentment deepens when the killer begins to taunt him.

In the midst of it all he finds he can have feelings of love again. But before love can bloom, Jack must get rid of his bitter spirit toward God if he hopes to stop the murderer from killing again.

Brooke Simmons

Detective Brooke Simmons's sole focus has been following in the path of her father and grandfather: carrying a badge. Successful and in the top of her class with a natural ability for profiling, she loves her job but inwardly knows she's still missing something.

Because of her investigation of Jack Grayson, Brooke begins to discover what that hole in soul really is, but can she fill it before time runs out for her?

Maxwell Tyler

Detective Maxwell Tyler is a seasoned investigator. Brooke's partner, he tires to teach and protect her in the hope of saving her from the pain he's faced during the years of carrying a badge; like the pain of losing his wife and son to divorce.

His motto is, "Evidence first," so he gives Jack Grayson the benefit of the doubt by playing the "Devil's advocate" with his superiors and Brooke. He is a man willing to put his life on the line for those he loves.

Serial Killer "Z"

One sin births another which births another. Generation to generation breeding a man who blends in with his surroundings, a man who pleasures in the pain and death of others.

Now, not content to just control and destroy young girls, he is intent on tormenting and ruining a pastor and his church.