I've chosen a picture that I feel tells portion of this book. The latter portion. It shows where I was abused and almost lost my eye, but it also shows my happiness for God for having mercy on me and for staving the hand of death after the brutal beating I sustained in December of 2016. It was beginning to heal, and I can smile once again. Thank you, Jesus.
Lafayette and Louise find true Paradise trying to escape small-town Texas.
The Bridge to Paradise reveals how one couple spanned the 20th Century building their bridge to forever on timbers made of promises - to their friends, family and to each other, but most importantly, to God.
A beautiful and heartwarming story.
Life's truths and God's love and mercy abound. In this day and age of broken families, it is wonderful to experience the steadfast and faithful guidance of Louise and Lafayette through hardships as well as abundance with plenty of love to go around. Earthy and spiritual.
Fred weaves a tale of a Christian family who thrives and survives some of history's world-crushing events. The strength of a rural American family, thrust into the decades of depression, war, and cultural change, demonstrates how a strong spiritual foundation produced the greatest generation America has ever witnessed. It depicts a long-lost tradition of true faith, honest values, and hard work in tune with nature that everyone needs to read.--Jan Dean, Retired English teacher.
The Bridge To Paradise by Fred Dickenson chronicles five generations of a Christian family--Lafayette and Louise--in rural North Texas from before the Great Depression to the present. The forty chapters--a number reminiscent of the years of testing in the Bible--present a nostalgic account of a family's journey through time and how their faith in God was rewarded in the lives of their descendents.
Fred's style captures the language, attitudes, and culture of Texas while integrating reflective, poetic sonnets at the beginning of each chapter. Sit back and enjoy this nostalgic portrayal of an amazing family, and how their faith gave them strength to prevail through the difficult challenges of life. --David Martz, Ed. D., Retired Assemblies of God Missionary, educator, author, and adjunct professor at Global University, and North Central Texas College.
Fred G. Dickenson is a retired captain from the USAF, and a retired high school English/journalism teacher, with more than 35 years' experience in the world of communications. He holds a BA in Communications from Wright State University, and an MA in English/Communications from St. Mary's University where he also earned his Texas State Teacher Certification. Additionally, he has two AAS degrees; one in radar technology and one in public affairs. He and his wife Rhonda are retired. They reside on a small farm in Paradise, Texas. Together, they have four children, 19 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He has been an editor, adviser, and writer for more than 20 years. As an author, he has published two books in the Hard Knocks & Consequences series. The Bridge to Paradise is his first novel.
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin
London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.
Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks, The Machinist will claim control of the Aether, and no one in either world will be safe.
To defeat The Machinist for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields."