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Buried Dreamer

David Brown Howell

In 1847, Samantha waits tables and serves grog at Logan's Tavern in Campbeltown, Scotland. She joins the love of her life, the local Presbyterian minister, on an ill-fated voyage. The Reverend Charles Stuart is forced into exile (because of his zealous passion for the poor) and placed on an overloaded sailing ship to Wilmington, North Carolina. The ship barely survives the storm of the decade and runs aground near Kilmarnock, Virginia. Samantha and Charles join the efforts of the Underground Railroad. They live under the threat of death by hanging from plantation owners and their hired assassins. Inspired by Samantha, a great-granddaughter and a minister, who is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, uncover a conspiracy near Charlottesville, Virginia, that threatens democracy in the United States of America in the twenty-first century.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Resource Publications (CA)
  • Publish Date: Mar 23rd, 2023
  • Pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.69in - 1.19lb
  • EAN: 9781666770469
  • Categories: Christian - Historical

About the Author

Howell, David Brown: - David Brown Howell is a retired licensed professional counselor in Virginia. He is a consultant for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Tethered to an Appalachian Curse: A Surprise Calling (2021) and has been interviewed by The New York Times and Time Magazine for his views on religion in America.

Praise for this book

"If Indiana Jones was a kindhearted, progressive Presbyterian minister banished from nineteenth-century Scotland along with his cadre of fellow disciples: the bereaved, the benevolent, the bandit, and the beautiful, you might have an inkling where Buried Dreamer will lead you. With imaginative and engaging characters, David Howell points to the Creator's timeless song that calls us to live into the ways of justice, purpose and place, and to never quit the courageous fight for all who have been denied their own."
--Peter Mayer, lead guitarist of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band

"A cross-cultural historical novel that crisscrosses several centuries. It's layered with Bible, theology, and plenty of intrigue. Amazingly intricate."
--Peter W. Marty, editor/publisher of The Christian Century

"Whether you come for the story and stay for the inspiration or vice-versa, you will be glad you picked up this book! Engaging characters and a suspenseful plot carry the reader across centuries and oceans, and before you know it, you catch yourself thinking a bit. About war and violence. About friendship. And especially about hope. This is a book that encourages and uplifts while challenging the mind even as it satisfies the heart."
--Jana Childers, dean, San Francisco Theological Seminary

"In this telling there is a wee thread of life and faith that runs from Scotland to North Carolina, with a detour of duty in Afghanistan. Those who carry that thread of faith and life face many 'trials and snares, ' among them racism, rabid nationalism, and regressive fundamentalism. The tracing of this thread is gentle, patient, and compelling. David Howell is a master storyteller."
--Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"David Howell does it again! Buried Dreamer is a compelling, literary voyage you dare to take if you aren't afraid to experience the full-throttled dreams of a buried soldier. Through the many dangers, toils, and snares of life experiences detailed in this novel, readers will discover that although people may be buried, dreams never die. Take and read and dream."
--Luke Powery, dean, Duke University Chapel

"With a cast of memorable characters for us to walk alongside, David Howell reminds us that when fear dresses itself up as principled violence, it becomes especially dangerous. Howell demonstrates that through time, when the spirit of love is present, hope and true faith both inspires and prevails. This historical novel is an essential book for us today when so many have turned their backs on the lessons of history and tailored their overall perspective, as well as their personal interpretation of sacred Scripture and religion, to their own needs and prejudices."
--Robert J. Wicks, author of The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart: Mentoring Yourself in Difficult Times

"Buried Dreamer opens with a warning, and well it should, for here is no ordinary or comfortable read. David Howell deftly takes us around the world and back again, across centuries, and into the innermost lives of a host of fascinating characters. Be warned: don't read Buried Dreamer if you are reluctant to enter a richly imaginative world, if you are timid about hearing some tough truth, or if you are reticent to ponder the mysterious movements of God within the lives of fascinating folk past and present."
--Will Willimon, author of Incorporation: A Novel

"Buried Dreamer is a captivating story demonstrating the reverberated effects of divergent choices made by members of the same communities, based on their differing Christian faith interpretations. The radical fa