ON THE TRAIL

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Wanted Man is in homage to the only song Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash ever wrote together, doing so at a celebrated gathering in February 1969. It was recorded by Cash a week or so later as a gem for the live album, At San Quentin.

It's all about wandering, brokenness, sin, and redemption, which is the stuff of life.

Contact

Wanted Man a.k.a. Ken R. Abell, seeks to be a blessing to others. He's a rake, a rambler, and a teller of tales who understands that there is strength in a story well told and well lived.
 
He has been actively involved in pastoral ministry for twenty years. Those experiences enrich all his endeavors. He is available for seminars, speaking gigs or as a resource person.
 
To inquire or schedule an engagement, you can connect with him at the top right Contact Tab. Like Travis Bickle, as portrayed by Robert De Niro, Wanted Man is willing to go anywhere, anytime.
 

Writing

Often a song from the soundtrack of the Writing Bandit's life will get stuck inside his head. The only way to make it stop is to use a snippet of its lyrics as an entry point for an article or story, and then proceed to write it into submission and silence.
 
Many lyric-based articles having to do with life philosophies, theology, history, social commentary, and religious discussion can be accessed by clicking on the HubPages tab in the title banner.
 
Cash & Dylan, On The Road, Faith & Reality, The Jodat Chronicles and other surprises can be found at DANCESWITHCORN. Jedediah Jodat is a mysterious character who gets entangled in trials and troubles. He is a time traveler and soldier of fortune. His roots, story and ongoing adventures are always fascinating, and routinely end in cliff hanging situations.
 
The Writing Bandit has published six books.
 
An Ordinary Story of Extraordinary Hope accepts that life is hard. True life narrative is tied to Scripture to describe God’s presence in the midst of painful circumstances. It explores the full scope of grief issues to proclaim that grace and hope are stronger than the hardness of life; grace and hope are saturated with redemptive power.
 

Days of Purgatory is historical fiction. The novel is a mystery thriller set against the backdrop of westward expansion. It explores some disturbing themes regarding the depravity of the human heart and does so in a manner that ought to cause readers to examine the meaning of faith, hope, spirituality, and the broken nature of life. The action and intrigue rolls across the frontier landscape of the 19th century as the ensemble cast of characters is swept along on the currents of time, chance, fate, or destiny. Their lives intersect at those hard crossroads where faith meets reality.

From the idealism of the River Brethren of Conoy Creek to the passions of the abolitionist movement, Deke Coburn becomes entangled in the horrors and societal upheaval of the Civil War. His story is part historical epic, part spiritual odyssey. He is a man on the run, encountering friendship where he can find it. In his travels to escape his past and come to terms with his own wrongdoing, he stumbles upon a nightmare—a loopy twitch—who preys upon innocence. What happens next sets in motion terror that threatens to destroy the future. He and his companions are thrust into the place where good—however ambiguous it may be—must make its stand against evil.

Shadows of Revenge continues the story that began with Days of Purgatory. The sequel is an adventure mystery set in and around Abilene, Kansas in 1872. Deacon Coburn, a realist galvanized by his past, is startled when remnants of yesteryear track him down.

Longing and brokenness are everywhere. A headstrong orphan girl seeks to live out her dreams; a childless widow pursues meaning; a reformed prostitute desires a return to her childhood faith; a young man makes tragic choices.

It’s a tale of hope and redemption. No matter how ugly our past, every individual can choose new beginnings. In the words of a stealthy drifter, “Hope is always nearby, as sure as thunder follows lightning. Search your heart. Hope is there to lead you onward.”

Echoes of Evil, rejoins Deacon Coburn and company in a new adventure that picks up storylines and characters from Days of Purgatory and Shadows of Revenge.

Joys and sorrows are woven throughout the mosaic narrative. The pursuit of justice extracts a great price as gripping scenarios unfold and secrets are confronted in the midst of upheaval. True to his sojourner outlook, the whiskey-sipping philosophizer from Conoy Creek, always comes to the aid of others at just the right time and embodies a life-theme: “We ride upon the rippling currents set in motion for us by the Almighty. We merely lean into eddies we choose.”

Populated by old west heroes and outlaws, Echoes of Evil introduces a cunning scoundrel unseen in the saga until now. The novel is a life and death struggle that has harrowing turns and supernatural overtones.

Nightmares of Terror, continuing the saga that began in Days of Purgatory, is set in and around Dodge City in 1882. Several characters are having their sleep disturbed by dreams that are flares from the past or harbingers of the future. Deacon Coburn, flint-eyed and tenderhearted, aids others and comes to terms with hardscrabble troubles by applying gritty faith.

An outlaw is on the rampage; his life has been violent and he’s realizing that hell is a real place. A former prostitute is seeking a new life, while a teenager stretches her wings. One strong man is having a crisis of faith; while another, is in a mess of troubles not of his making. Two women are expecting and due at roughly the same time. A Texas cattleman arrives in the Queen of the Cowtowns to conclude a business deal, which unbeknownst to him, forces a onetime slave to come face to face with a seedy episode from bygone days.

All these threads are woven together in a compelling narrative in which the supernatural is commonplace and real. An overarching theme is voiced by Eliza Weitzel: “Faith is all about having confidence that whatever will be will be, and by God’s grace we have the hope that he sustains and supports us no matter what.”

Pieces of Justice, is a tale on the move that continues the adventures of Deacon Coburn and company which began in Days of Purgatory. The everlasting conflict between good and evil weaves its way through the storyline to a stunning conclusion awash in an array of natural and supernatural elements.

A mosaic of subplots dovetail into the overarching theme. A brassy woman with a mysterious past is on a cross-country mission to find Deacon Coburn, and she keeps her intentions hidden. Times are changing, which has a rakish gambler immersed in nostalgia, while a world traveler revisits Dodge City. Lives and perspectives are altered when a beloved mother and friend gets sick and dies. A River Brethren woman is overwhelmed by melancholia that is exacerbated by spiritual abuse. There are also revelations about characters that increase the intrigue.

Through it all, words of encouragement from Whitey Fitzgerald to a grieving boy provide a framework of truth: “Let me tell you something about hurting, boss. Hurting has no end. We get some faith and healing and distance enough to kick the past to the past, but nevertheless, we carry every scar until jubilee day when the Lord calls us home to glory.”

An Ordinary Story of Extraordinary Hope, Days of Purgatory, Shadows of Revenge, Echoes of Evil, Nightmares of Terror and Pieces of Justice are available at AMAZON in both book and Kindle format.

Overcomers

Ken and his wife Anita, serve the Overcomers Program at Navajo BIC Mission south of Bloomfield, New Mexico. The Overomers Program is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program with a proven track record since its inception in 1997. It is directed primarily, but not exclusively, to Navajo men who have succumbed to the ravages of addiction. It consists of a three month residential session and then three months of aftercare follow-up. It combines a clinical approach with a Scriptural base and has a success rate between sixty and seventy percent.

The vision is for expansion of the program’s reach, especially in the area of follow-up. Ken and Anita will help in the step by step process of setting in place the groundwork for growth, along with actively recruiting Home Living Coordinators, who are an essential element of the program.

Everything at Navajo BIC Mission is financed through individual gifts and offerings. Therefore, for this adventure it is necessary for Ken and Anita to raise support funds. If you are interested in partnering with them in these vital ministry efforts, you may send donations directly to Navajo BIC Mission: Navajo BIC Mission, 240 Hwy 57, Bloomfield, NM 87413. Checks should be payable to the Overcomers Program and include a note (not written on the check) designating the monies for Ken & Anita Abell’s support. OR you can donate via PayPal by using the easy access button below. THANK YOU. All contributions are much appreciated.

 

 
“Maybe Lord, I can show
  someone else what I’ve
  been through myself on
  my way back to you. . .”
 ~Kris Kristofferson~
 
"It don't matter where you bury me I'll be home and I'll be free
It don't matter where I lay all my tears be washed away. . ."
~Julie Miller~
 
 
 
 
 
"Hope is always good. Hope fixes us."
~Daniel Twosongs~
 
 
"Hope is always nearby, as sure as thunder follows lightning. Search your heart. Hope is there to lead you onward."
~Charley Jondreau~
 
 

“We ride upon the rippling currents set in motion for us by the Almighty. We merely lean into eddies we choose.” ~Deacon Coburn~

“Faith is all about having confidence that whatever will be will be, and by God’s grace we have the hope that he sustains and supports us no matter what.”  ~Eliza Weitzel~

“Let me tell you something about hurting, boss. Hurting has no end. We get some faith and healing and distance enough to kick the past to the past, but nevertheless, we carry every scar until jubilee day when the Lord calls us home to glory.” ~Whitey Fitzgerald~

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