Faith In Times of Trouble


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share! Today, we’re talking about teens maintaining their faith in times of trouble.

Melinda is a normal teen during the turbulent sixties. She’s falling in love, her family has more than their share of troubles, and she’d love nothing more than to be accepted for who she is. One thing she hangs onto tightly is her beliefs—from church to friends to family, her life is structured in the comfort she’s always found in believing in Christ.

Will Melinda discover her inner strength?

Melinda grew up in a staunchly Catholic family. At sixteen, she’s in the throes of first love when her family falls apart. Dad takes off with his secretary, abandoning the family he professed to love. Mom has trouble processing what’s happening to her home.

Melinda is a daddy’s girl, the tomboy but also pretty enough to be sought after by a guy she adores. In the blink of an eye, she feels as if she’s losing the strong faith she believed her family had and her prayers aren’t being answered.

Set against the backdrop of the turbulent sixties, Bright Shining delves into the life of a teen with two possible choices—remain with what she’s always known in her faith or be caught up in the drugs and criminal underworld that has consumed so many teens. Will she make the right choice?

Rough hands shook me awake. I rubbed my eyes and sat up. The first thing I noticed was that I was outside and it was very dark.

“We have to go, Melinda,” Tony said. “Hurry. It’s late. We’re going to be in so much trouble.”
I scrambled to my feet and attempted to brush the grass stains off my pretty mini-skirt. Glancing around, I noticed that no one else was in Library Park. We were alone. I had vague memories of others being here, a party of some sort, but the details were clouded.

“What happened?” I asked.

“We fell asleep.” He pulled me to my feet. “It’s past eleven. The others are already gone.”

My first thought at that point was that in 1965, good girls didn’t fall asleep with the guy they were dating in a park on a Friday night. My second thought was that I had to get home—now!
Once I was on my feet, my head throbbed and my stomach rolled. I couldn’t believe it. I was going to be sick. This was not happening on my first real date.

“Ugh.” I held my head. “What happened? Did we eat some bad food?”

“Come on, Melinda.” Tony grabbed my hand and pulled me over to his Corvair. “We are in so much trouble. My parents will ground me forever.” He glanced at me. “If your dad doesn’t kill me first.”

About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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