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FAITH in a FLASH – Recent Reviews

Review by Reverend Sheila Bridge (June 2019) – For me, Kelvin’s writing is a place where prose, poetry and faith seem to meet.


Review by Lisa over on CultureVultureExpress

Faith in a Flash (2018) by Kelvin M. Knight is a great collection of short stories relating to the themes of faith and religion.

In the book, which is split into fifteen different sections, Knight looks at these topics in a very human way which was cool and fresh to see as these topics are very often dealt with in an abstract, philosophical way. So I really liked that. While I’m now part of the faithless, I grow up in a religious background so many of the characters and the rituals are familiar to me. Knight has written a collection very true to life here.

It is no easy job to pack a lot into so few words but it is done quite effortlessly here by the author. The reader gets to know the characters quite well in each piece. There is characters at various different stages of their faith journeys but they all share one common trait: learning how to better their faith and how to better themselves as people. The latter is something any reader can relate to and strive for regardless of religious identity. The writing is simply gorgeous. It is edited to perfection and each piece paints a vivid image. This collection is a great read. It is a very truthful read that doesn’t ram religion down the reader’s throat but simply wants to tell the stories of those with faith without making readers without faith feel bad for not believing. Many preachers could take note of that. The book shows both the wonderful things about religion and also it’s flaws in a very well-crafted selection of stories.

This book is very much for everyone at any stage of the faith spectrum or outside it. Reading is about taking yourself out of your own life and looking at other peoples’ lives with an open mind and most importantly an open heart. This is a wonderful book and I’m sure you will not regret purchasing it whether you are faithful or faithless. The character portrayals are stunning and reading about both them and their faith journeys is a pure joy.


Faith in a Flash – Stories With Christian Themes – See page 15 of The Way, the Diocese of Carlisle’s Easter 2019 Newspaper


“Faith in a Flash” is a series of short, 100 word sketches / stories / meditations on what it can feel like to be a Christian in different situations of life. They are fascinating, uplifting, thought-provoking. Highly recommended. Look for it on Amazon. Price £1.99

Cumbrian Cursillo Easter Magazine.


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Here’s what more readers are saying about FAITH in a FLASH:

I do not think there is anything else like this anthology. Varied and wide-ranging stories and characters yet all drawn together by faith.

The author has poured his heart and soul into these glimpses of faith.

I love it! [Joyfulness: These Bells and Shadows: Those Bells] So very true, the two sides to the Christian faith and church goers. Both are apt and totally believable! Nicely done giving us two stories for the price of one.

If your (character’s) camera snapped a photo of your prose, it would need no airbrushing to be beautiful. [Flagstones: My Camera Never Lies]

I never tire of reading this [Hope: The Bread of Life] and recalling the randomness of its inspiration.

‘Empty of ego yet full of grace.’ and ‘Gone is flesh. Gone is bone. These lights lead the way home.’ What poetic and memorable phrases! [Flagstones: Cloistering]

I do think this story is excellent – this story in 100 words about oneness, which got me thinking that after we die we cease to be separate individuals, and we are happier when alive if we try not to be separate. [Soulfulness: A Snowflake’s Moment]

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FAITH in a FLASH – my first collection of flash fiction stories

Here are some recently published reviews for my first collection of flash fiction stories:

“Faith in a Flash” is a series of short, 100 word sketches / stories / meditations on what it can feel like to be a Christian in different situations of life. They are fascinating, uplifting, thought-provoking. Highly recommended. Look for it on Amazon. Price £1.99

Cumbrian Cursillo Easter Magazine.


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From page 15 of The Way, the Diocese of Carlisle’s Easter 2019 Newspaper


Faith lives. Faith breathes. Faith can be not quite what it seems.

Faith. It touches the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the sick and the healthy, those people with everything, those people with nothing. Some people are born into faith, others die devoid of faith. Some people live their lives with an abundance of faith, others barely have a pinch of faith. Some people spread their faith willingly. Some people hug their faith closely and never think to share it with anyone else. Some people’s faith flourishes. Some people’s faith is strangled by weeds.

The stories in this collection contain characters like these, as well as others. The one hundred and fifty-one flash fiction stories in this collection are split across fifteen themed chapters: Flagstones; Charity; Humility; Forgiveness; Holy Spirit; Facing Fear; Love In Adversity; Glorifying God; Joyfulness; Shadows; Darkness; Prayerfulness; Peacefulness; Hope and Soulfulness.

FAITH in a FLASH is available as an eBook by following any of these links: Apple Books format ; Kindle format (UK) ; Kindle format (USA).

If you have any problem locating FAITH in a FLASH, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Here’s what readers are saying:

I do not think there is anything else like this anthology. Varied and wide-ranging stories and characters yet all drawn together by faith.

The author has poured his heart and soul into these glimpses of faith.

I love it! [Joyfulness: These Bells and Shadows: Those Bells] So very true, the two sides to the Christian faith and church goers. Both are apt and totally believable! Nicely done giving us two stories for the price of one.

If your (character’s) camera snapped a photo of your prose, it would need no airbrushing to be beautiful. [Flagstones: My Camera Never Lies]

I never tire of reading this [Hope: The Bread of Life] and recalling the randomness of its inspiration.

‘Empty of ego yet full of grace.’ and ‘Gone is flesh. Gone is bone. These lights lead the way home.’ What poetic and memorable phrases! [Flagstones: Cloistering]

I do think this story is excellent – this story in 100 words about oneness, which got me thinking that after we die we cease to be separate individuals, and we are happier when alive if we try not to be separate. [Soulfulness: A Snowflake’s Moment]

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Five Elements Anthology – A Review

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories by

Ted Blasche

Clayton Callahan

C. J. Jessop

Sheron McCartha

Chelsea Nolen

D. Wallace Peach

This anthology contains seven short stories from the Beaverton Evening Writers’ Group. Their remit: Write a science fiction or fantasy story including the five elements. Note: All Profits from the sale of this book will help support the Willamette Writers’ literacy program, Books For Kids: Every Child Should Have A Book To Call Their Very Own!

I heartily recommend this anthology of short stories. The writing is assured, the editing professional, and the stories are interesting and most importantly entertaining. Upon recognising a familiar name amongst the roster of authors, I quickly settled down to enjoy what each of the these authors and their contrasting storytelling had to offer. I was not disappointed, and was able to forget about the here and now for a while as I was transported to the there and then – somewhere else entirely.

The ethereal writing in Diane Wallace Peach’s opening story had me spellbound. And Toys by Chelsea Nolen had me snorting with laughter, while the Legacy of Eris by C. J. Jessop played such a tune on my heartstrings that after finishing her story I was distracted into seeking out more of her work. And the final story, Learned Magic by Ted Blasche, written in the style of an olde world fairy tale, and beginning brilliantly with Once upon a time in the land of Noll, had me nodding quietly and satisfactorily.

SUMMARY:

At ninety-nine pence, this anthology is amazing value for money and well worth adding to your electronic bookcase. And, as a bonus, you will be helping The Books For Kids literacy program.

Kelvin M. Knight

27th February 2019

Dear Readers

Sophie is an interesting writer whose work I am just discovering. When I read her story How To Make Something From Nothing on The Drabble I sat up and took notice.

The following story from The Cabinet Of Heed is ambitious in style and tone. The emptiness and lop-sided love are haunting. Comments are closed but I recommend you take a peek.

When Everything Was Too Bright And Loud – Sophie Flynn

When Everything Was Too Bright And Loud – Sophie Flynn