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Several Open Books


  The Giving Time (2024)

    Dietrich Mickler is a hero to his family. And he's a bitter old man running out of time.
    Diagnosed with weeks-to-months to live, his daughter and son vie for his attention. Liesa is a recent convert to Christianity, and Berno is a staunch atheist. Both want him to make “the right decision” for his remaining time on Earth.
    Health in decline, Dietrich remains emotionally burdened by the recent death of his wife. She, too, was a non-believer. And now his daughter is implying that she still exists but is likely not in a ‘good place’ and that he’s on track to go there as well.
    But, in the midst of the dread, something unexpected happens: his health returns—energy, stamina, and a clear mind—and no more pain.
    Is it a miracle? Or is it what his oncologist quietly describes to Liesa as "the giving time"—a very short last opportunity for the family to make some meaningful memories together and for her dad to realize that atheism is a lie that has ruled his life since long before the family's escape from communist East Germany?

Old Jeep (2025)

​     For one man, life can easily be summed up with two simple words: money and influence.

     For another, life is a sum of its missing parts—friends and a wife whose lives were cut too short.

     The paths of these men will cross, and one will present the other with what sounds like a simple question—a question that will ultimately change both of their lives forever: "Are you the one?"

---------------     Old Jeep is a WWII novel about the pain-filled memories of one man—Gaylord "Jeep" Patterson—who, in the aftermath of his experiences in Europe, fought desperately to bury and forget each and every one of them. He succeeded ... until one fateful day in 2010, when he lost the love of his life—his war bride, Bella.

     Compelled by years of Bella's encouragement to remember the friends he lost during the war, he spends the waning years of his life trying to fulfill her desire. Now, Gaylord must quickly identify the specific person who is to hear the emotional, first-time telling of his friends' stories before he, too, dies.

    A Year Behind (2026)


     Two couples—best friends—who go caving—spelunking—endure a terrifying underground experience and discover that they've been shoved backward in time exactly one year. They quickly learn that their situation will not just be a matter of watching themselves replay the past 365 days.
    No, it couldn't be as simple as all that.
    Faced with witnessing all four of their doppelgangers play out what has already happened, they soon come face to face with the stark reality of who they really were as people, both in public and behind closed doors.
    Each of the four has some explaining to do as secrets are revealed.
    Their past decisions and behaviors, though, cannot be easily undone.

    Or can they?

    Questions develop:
    • What will happen if any of them decide to intentionally interrupt the lives of their past selves?
    • What kind of impact will manipulating their pasts have on all eight of them?
    • If those re-experiencing their lives don't do anything to keep their past selves from reaching the end of the year, will they, too, be sent back in time?
    • Is it possible that they have already been through all of this before?
    • Are they destined to go through all of this again?
    • What if, in order to prevent that possibility from occurring, they force their former selves to make different life decisions? But wouldn't that cause their present selves to cease their own existence?

  Four very different individuals have one year to figure out the answers to these questions. Yet one question—pondered in the mind of one of the four—may cause all of the other questions to become irrelevant: What will happen if one of them decides to "fix things" by murder?

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