Liberty’s Promise

I’ve come up with a sketch of an outline for my fourth book, which will be titled “Liberty’s Promise”, and is set in the period immediately before the American Revolution.  I am thinking it will end with Lexington/Concord.  It represents the two types of ideologies of the conflict: tyranny, both spiritual and physical as represented by the Tory British government, and liberty as represented by the colonials.

The story involves Anna Barton, a young widow and seamstress who lives in a community just outside Boston.  She has a teenage son.  Her neighbor is Caleb Strong, a bachelor carpenter who is interested in marrying her, but Anna is unsure.  He helps her in many ways, including teaching her and her son how to use a rifle for protection.  He expresses interest in apprenticing her son.   At the same time, she is courted by the Reverend Thomas Rockdale, a pastor who represents the Loyalists.  He is the son of an Earl, and his family has money, status, and he personally is attractive and a sought after suitor by many young women.  While seeming to promise Anna a spiritual life as the wife of a pastor, his inner intentions are far different, and he represents the tyranny the Americans will be fighting against.  He is forceful, domineering, and secretly believes that all women are sinful Jezebels trying to deceive men into falling.  He believes all women need to be in subjugation.

One suitor offers a true and steadfast, Christlike love while the other offers duty, obligation without joy, ritualism and legalism.   It represents the struggle, both temporal and spiritual, between freedom of the Spirit and the letter of the Law, in essence, tyranny.



Shaking Off the Chains of Tyranny

I love the video “God in America” by Carman.  It shows the Christian roots of those that fought for us to be a free country.  In one line, Carman says they sited 27 biblical violations.

Though Great Britain saw itself as the ruler of the colonies, the colonists saw them as tyrants, abusing their authority over them, and abrogating their rights as Englishmen.  So the colonists did what they had to–they shook off the chains of tyranny.

God never intended that people in authority should abuse their power.  Yes it happened, because people tend to forget that God has eyes everywhere.

I’m working on the synopsis for a new novel about the American Revolution.  Anna Barton is a widow on the eve of the Revolution who is torn between two men.   Caleb Strong is a carpenter, who though not handsome, and seemingly ordinary, has a strong heart and a spiritual strength that belie his outward appearance.  Thomas Rockdale on the other hand, has a lot of assets: power, status, great looks, a strong physique and money.  Yet he is a domineering man, and in his heart everything Britain represents–the tyranny of abuse of authority.  He wants to marry Anna and make her a servile wife, but Anna resists his attempts to force his attentions on her.   He is a deceitful cad underneath it all.

The novel with deal with questions of authority, love, the power of the Spirit, and biblical ideas of marriage.