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Available at Amazon and at my website...www.larrypatten.com
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Published in 2014. Available at Amazon.
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writer : larry@larrypatten.com
Larry Patten
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THE GRAVITY OF HAPPINESS

Nineteen-year year old James March cares for his dying mother. In their final days together, Mary March tells about a man named Joe and the four life-changing Christmas Eves they shared before James was born. After her death, and after discovering a bank account he never knew existed, James visits the town where his mother spent her memorable Christmas Eves. Though money is the outward reason for his journey, inwardly James seeks to learn more about his mother’s past and the man who may be his father.

THE GRAVITY OF HAPPINESS (93,800 words) is mainstream fiction, a "coming-of-wisdom" story for a young man whose mother, and future plans, has died. It’s also a secular nod to the Christmas tale (everything about Christmas is true, even the parts that aren't). GRAVITY is as easily read in July as December.

Christmas is referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also a night that brings out the best, and the worst, in people.


SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Hospice
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Each week at www.larrypatten.com I write “faithful and foolish” reflections on the encounters between the Holy and human.

I also write weekly thoughts about my hospice experiences at www.hospice-matters.com.

Here's a snippet, a tease, from this week's (March 21, 2017) thoughts on faith, inspired by Ezekiel's odd, compelling vision of the valley of the dry bones . . .

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THE LORD’S POWER OVERCAME ME, the prophet Ezekiel proclaimed in the 37th chapter of his eponymous book.

Part of that powerful, searing chapter involved a vision of binding two sticks together. Two sticks? But that’s the second half. The half we don’t recall and probably don’t preach.

It’s the opening verses in Chapter 37 that knocks our socks off, and takes our breath away . . . the vision of the valley of dry bones.

Those scattered, stark bones became a legion of living, breathing, vibrant humans filling an immense valley. From the dirt at Ezekiel’s feet to the far horizon, they were reassembled and rose, with the “vast multitude” demonstrating the vibrant dream and vital might of the Lord God.

The vision symbolized God’s potent glory.

The vision symbolized the rebirth of Israel.

The vision symbolized a stunning future . . .

YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE DARN DEAL at http://www.larrypatten.com/2017/03/21/we-dream-hope-but-cling-to-our-fears/

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Two self-published titles, both available on Amazon:

A COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY: 41 Reflections (mostly) On the Lord's Prayer.

ANOTHER COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY: 40 Reflections (and Questions) on Faith.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
I'm ordained in the United Methodist Church, currently working in a hospice.