Landon Haley's life has gone down the drain in a matter of seven months. A member of his congregation at church, fifteen-year-old Lucy Masse, was abducted and beaten for his drug money ransom. As he tells this powerful story to his counselor, he relives every minute of it. Dealing with his anger and frustration towards God takes a toll, and he leaves, planning to do something he'll regret. After a Heavenly encounter with his dead little sister in Christ, he returns to the cross. Join Landon and Tim in this tale of two loving friends; anger, grief and pain; and the hope in a prodigal homecoming.
In this riveting story, you'll find love immersurable, sentimental characters, and true meaning of John 15:13. May you return from your anger and dismay to the loving arms of Almighty God.

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The Prodigal

Landon Haley's life has gone down the drain in a matter of seven months. A member of his congregation at church, fifteen-year-old Lucy Masse, was abducted and beaten for his drug money ransom. As he tells this powerful story to his counselor, he relives every minute of it. Dealing with his anger and frustration towards God takes a toll, and he leaves, planning to do something he'll regret. After a Heavenly encounter with his dead little sister in Christ, he returns to the cross. Join Landon and Tim in this tale of two loving friends; anger, grief and pain; and the hope in a prodigal homecoming.
In this riveting story, you'll find love immersurable, sentimental characters, and true meaning of John 15:13. May you return from your anger and dismay to the loving arms of Almighty God. Read Chapter

Rough Morning

Two Landon drove to the church, itching to shed his sweatshirt. It was turning out to be a sunny and forty degree kind of day. The on... Read Chapter

Counselling . . .

Three An alarm went off on Landon's phone, reminding him he had a counseling appointment in half an hour. He sighed and pulled on his... Read Chapter

A Night With Lucy

Four Lucy Masse bounded into her Foursquare church at a quarter til five, when she was supposed to meet her drama director to prepare... Read Chapter

Amber Alert

Five He was laughing so hard he was crying. Landon didn't even acknowledge it was nearly ten 'o clock until his wall clock donged wit... Read Chapter

The Hunt for Lucy

Six Landon's chest was heaving, his body physically and emotionally reacting to the remembrance of the night Lucy was abducted. He co... Read Chapter

A Revealing Phone Call

Seven The sharp ring of the telephone jerked Landon from his dark slumber and pulled him onto his face. He groaned, irritated that so... Read Chapter

Papa to the Rescue

Eight "So you did drugs after your father died? Did you keep your promise to Pastor Paul and tell him when you felt like smoking agai... Read Chapter

Foot Washing

Nine Tim sat back on the couch. "My God, Landon. She wasn't just traumatized; so were you." Landon nodded, laying his head back. ... Read Chapter

Sunrise Whispers

Ten "The room's lightening," she muffled into his sweatshirt. He beamed and chortled, apprehending the excitement she felt in the... Read Chapter

Landon's Downfall

Eleven Tim smiled sweetly, understanding the blissfulness Landon must be feeling. "I can tell by the way you're grinning. That has be... Read Chapter

Story Suggestion

Twelve Landon went through the next few days, trying to pull himself from the depression he'd fallen in after Ryanne had talked to hi... Read Chapter

An Encounter of the High Kind

Thirteen "I won't ever forget that story," Landon whispered, swiping at a stray tear on his cheek. "It was the most beautiful thing I... Read Chapter

Returning Home

Fourteen Landon jumped down from the bridge with her assistance and stared at the concrete with shame. "Suicide is a sin. It's murder... Read Chapter

Making Amends

  Fifteen   Although it was hard letting his daddy go home again, Landon knew in his heart that was where he belong... Read Chapter

Catch-Up Plans

  Sixteen Landon sat back in his chair, amazed at the heart of gold he had struck while reading Lucy's short story. She put ... Read Chapter

Tailgate Talk

Seventeen Lucy was leaned against the wall outside of Starbucks, wearing sleek, heeled white kicks, jeans, and a hoodie. Her eyes pop... Read Chapter

The Diagnosis and the Plan

  Eighteen   Tim wiped his eyes. "She had a hard past, didn't she? You were the first man she ever told her testimo... Read Chapter

Time With Lucy

  Nineteen   Lucy and Andrea hadn't unglued their hands until they were finally in Lucy's room once more. Andi help... Read Chapter

Homesick Stirrings

Twenty Ryanne checked Lucy's room. She was snoring peacefully. This felt like it did nearly sixteen years ago . . . waking up constan... Read Chapter

The Last Night

Twenty-One Lucy was true to her word. She was standing in jeans and an oversized camp T-shirt, grinning the world at him. Landon got ... Read Chapter

Saying Goodbye

Twenty-two Landon heard his name. It was a quiet whisper, like Samuel had experienced when God was calling him. "Lord?" He heard ... Read Chapter

Funeral Morning Blowout

Twenty-three Landon wiped his cheeks with the back of his hand. "Although it was a morning filled with goodbye, it was a moment that ... Read Chapter

First Temptation

Twenty-four Landon awoke from a dreamless slumber by the sharp ring of his cell phone. "Hello? Landon." "Hey, bud. It's your frie... Read Chapter

True Love Waits...

Twenty-five Tim look surprised. "You mean, you openly confessed to her about your drinking and she still threatened to leave you?" ... Read Chapter

Set Free by the Blood

Twenty-six Finally, Landon finished. "I stopped the drugs and drinking after she had convinced me we would stay together. I was final... Read Chapter

Touch of Heaven

Twenty-seven Landon went back to work a new man. He was thrilled to see Andrea talking to Sam, for he spun her around, dipped her dow... Read Chapter