At only eight years of age, the future Reverend Ada Slaton Bonds experienced her first lesson in responsibility and the power of devotion… and whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have FAITH (Matthew 21:22.)
Book 1 – The ROSE of Brays Bayou – The Runaway Scrape 1836 (God Bless Texas Women)
"I would like to make a very special toast for our Second Anniversary ball. The men of Texas deserved much of the credit, but more was due to the many women across Texas. Armed men facing a foe couldn't but be brave. But, my friends, the women, with their little children around them, without means of defense or power to resist, faced danger and death with unflinching courage.
God Bless the Women of Texas!"
--- General Thomas Jefferson Rusk
For this novel to be considered Creative Nonfiction, it was written to be factually accurate. My primary goal in writing in this genre is to communicate the truthful information, just like a seasoned journalist, but to shape it in such a way that it reads like fiction.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO! REMEMBER GOLIAD! COME AND TAKE IT!
Dilue Rose Harris told her story for the Eagle Lake Headlight in 1900. A copy of the manuscript was given to the author of this novel in an edited form, and her story is now brought forth and told through the perspective of the creative nonfiction genre.
Book 2 – ADVERSITY – Keeping the Faith (German Family Immigrates to Texas in 1845)
Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the FAITH of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This novel, although historical fiction, was based on a true story. In a sense, one might lean as far as to call it creative nonfiction. It follows the Strauss German family through the painful decision-making process to leave Germany and pull up roots from generations of farming on the River Hunte near Rastede and Oldenburg, Germany. They fought delays from unfavorable winds traveling through the North Sea, storms that took many lives onboard their vessel, the Johann Dethardt, contracting yellow fever and other terrible sicknesses, and Indian attacks.
Book 3 – FAITH – Seventy Times Seven (First Ordained Woman of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church)
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (KJV Matthew 18: 21-22)
Reverend Mrs. Ada Caston Slaton Bonds is one of the most colorful ministers ever produced by the great Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Beyond a doubt, she overcame more difficulties and passed through more heartaches than any minister ever known to preach the 'Whosoever Will' gospel. Miss Ada, as all affectionately called her, possessed countless prodigies. By way of the corridors of her ministerial career, she helped shape the lives and mold the character of a great number of young ministers, who, today, rise up and call her 'blessed.'
God sent her His Divine calling to preach. She then learned to preach. She carved out a place for herself among the clergy that was unique, without comparison. With bottomless emotion, genuine poise, and true dignity, Miss Ada Caston Slaton Bonds became the First Lady of the Cloth in the Louisiana Presbytery and had the highest honor bestowed upon her, the title of Mother of All Presbyteries.
About the Author
Sidney St. James began writing his first novel, In the Face of Adversity in the spring of 1995. It was the beginning of four books in his Faith Chronicles Series following a family from Oldenburg, Germany traveling to Texas in 1845 and face many adversities along the way to establish a new life in a new country, TEXAS. His second in the series was The Rose of Brays Bayou, a true story written from the memoirs of Dilue Rose Harris of the Runaway Scrape in Texas. His third in the series is Faith – Seventy Times Seven, a true story about the first ordained woman minister in the State of Louisiana and how she found forgiveness for twenty years from an abusive and alcoholic husband. His fourth in the series, Seeing the Power of God, is a story about a young man who fell from the sky fully grown and has trouble finding Christianity when the only book he has ever read is one based on Hinduism. Thirty-six more novels follow his first series in Science Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Romance Suspense and Thrillers, and Religious genres.
He also loves to play matchmaker in his paranormal romances and young adult series, transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are smarter than they lead on, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is alive and well.
He lives near Sun City in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Barbara and a cat named “Fluffy” and he can occasionally be found wearing a tie… and I do mean “occasionally.” His latest release “LET ME DRIVE” is his 38th novel.
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James writes sweet, fun and action-packed detective mystery books with two super exciting detectives, Vincent Gideon, and Bridget Flynn. They both are smart and fearless.
Sidney St. James, in any genre, will continue to delight his audience with his inimitable combination of romance and suspense, with a touch of mystery and some of the paranormal for many years to come!