Leaping Out on Faith is a short story collection touching each of the four planes of beingness: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Four female protagonists each face a unique challenge of one of these planes and an inescapable, pivotal moment of decision. What’s not clear upfront is which choice each will make. The characters’ backgrounds and situations are all different, yet each is universally relatable to the feminine condition: romance vs. friendship (emotional); sexual abuse and domestic violence (physical, but truly all four); drama of couplehood vs. serenity of singleness (mental) and religious conflicts in relationships (spiritual). You may agree or disagree with the characters’ choices, but each story will strengthen your choices on your own terms as a woman.
“So, you think you love him,” Baba grunted when Salera nodded. He continued, “But he’s a pastor’s son. This Gerard is a devout Christian. He does not understand himself and his place in the scheme of things. How then can he ever hope to understand our ways?” Her Baba watched her and waited.
Salera got fired up again and looked into Baba’s eyes and said, “He’s a wonderful young man. He’s articulate, funny, open-minded…”
“Will he accept you just as you are with your religious beliefs? Or will he cast you and the child aside?”
Salera stopped cold and dropped her eyes. This very thought had plagued her from the moment she found out about her pregnancy.
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Belinda Y. Hughes is the author of Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2 and Living Proof. She recently submitted a paranormal scifi short story to HDWP Books for consideration in their New Myths Theme-Thology. Her current projects include LGBT erotica and poetry. Belinda enjoys beading, reading, writing, cooking and hiking in the woods with her old dog.