of the Father. Darrell Case,Leaning
Tree Christian Publishers. 37chp 222 pgs. $12.95 Amazon, etc.
This book is so dark I had serious
trouble just reviewing it. The opening chapter has a child, ten years old in
the kitchen of the tumbledown shack where he lives. He is going on about life,
when the author reveals his step mother is chained by the ankle and cannot get
away. The is one of the more uplifting scenes in the dark novel. A dark novel
to be sure, but one with the light of the world triumphing over the dark mess
Globe has come to call, normal.
Darrell tells us on the back cover:
“Globe is ten years old, his mother is dead: his
father is a serial killer. Globe is an unwilling accomplice to murder.
Taylor Jackson is a moonshiner, a
father and a serial killer. In a jealous rage, he murders his wife in front of
their eight-year-old son, Globe. He then replaces her with another and then
another. None of them meet his standards. To Globe they are only temporary
mothers. He can visit their graves in the pasture, but he dares not love them.
His father kills everything Globe loves. Taylor is arrested and escapes. He
vows he will kill the only witness to his crimes, his son! Globe realizes the
only way to stop his father is to kill him. Taylor lures his son into a trap.
It appears that Globe will be the next victim or will he put an end to his
father’s murderous spree?”
Reviewers say, “Awesome,”
“Wonderful,” “riveting,” etc. All statements about Hands of the Father are really understated!
Each page of Hands delves deeper into the depravity of the fallen human heart; of
the devastating impact such a heart has on a child. Revulsion is an inadequate
word to describe my feelings toward the villain, Taylor Jackson. Yet, God has
His ways. I was amazed at how deftly Darrell Case brought Christ into the
sordid setting in this best book yet by this prison worker of many years.
Darrell Case is the author of Live Life to the Fullest, Out of Darkness and Never Ending Spring. He and his wife Connie are founders of Souls for Christ jail and prison ministry. For over 30 years, they have ministered to those incarcerated. They live in central Indiana on the farm Darrell’s mother and father purchased in 1948.