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Favorite book: Out of Africa
Member Since: Jun 18, 2012

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The Skydiving Incident

Short Story by Donald Miller
Posted: Jun 18, 2012
A man is honest, at a price.
Tags:short story, church, atheist, rush limbaugh, preacher

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Novel by Donald Miller
Posted: Apr 3, 2014
Badlands is set in the American West of the mid...

The Skydiving Incident

Short Story by Donald Miller
Posted: Jun 18, 2012
A man is honest, at a price.

I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys graphic design, writing, making audio books, and is beginning to dabble a bit in documentary filmmaking. 

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Here's the poster I made for my first novella, "Badlands."

The story is about a demon-chasing bounty hunter/preacher who -- rather than going after criminals with the largest rewards on their heads -- goes after the ones who have crossed the outermost boundary between good and evil in this world, into the Badlands of the Soul.



Badlands is set in the American West of the mid nineteenth century and is the story of a heroic character with only one name, Justice. Like everyone else, he is not a flawless man, but he is a “man of God” who does his very best to stay true to his mission in life. Justice sees himself as a man who guards the border between good and evil in this world. He is a bounty hunter who, rather than track down outlaws with the largest bounty on their heads, goes after those who have crossed the border and given themselves over to the forces of darkness. He believes in demons and given the nature and deeds of some of the outlaws he tracks down he has good reason to.

The Other Characters:

Josh is a young drifter who Justice saves from both an imminently horrible death and a life that has little meaning or purpose to it. After Justice takes the young man under his wing, Josh begins finding his own path through life and has a promising future.

Festus is a onetime famous evangelist whose tent meetings were remarkable in their day. Although he is still a preacher and does the best he can in life, a dreadful run in with an especially evil man named Big Buck has taken away most of what made life good and meaningful to him. Without realizing it, Festus, just like Josh, has been taken under-wing by Justice, although he doesn’t realize it.

Hitch is a newspaperman with a strong constitution, a nose for a good story, and a healthy appetite for whiskey and women. He’s every bit as brave and heroic in his own way as Justice, but the religious views toward life and its purpose between the two men could hardly be more different. Nevertheless, the two look beyond their differences and are able to form an unlikely alliance in areas that they both agree upon and are important to them. They share many of the same enemies, without sharing very many of the same traits. Like Justice he only has one name–a nickname that he received earlier in his life because of his knack for always having his horse hitched in front of the best saloon in town.

Big Buck is an outlaw as depraved as any Justice has ever met. His hatred of the redeemed and his need for redemption is a torturous battle for the soul of a man who makes us wonder if any man is beyond redemption, and then confronts that question in a ferocious encounter.



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