• The Promise


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The Promise is the first book of The Shepherd Chronicles trilogy (formally known as The Flockless Shepherd). It tells the story of David, who quietly returns to his hometown after failing to establish his musical career in Nashville. He avoids all contacts from his past except for his mentor Jacob, who helps David rise to the top of Buffalo’s club scene. With new success and reconciliation with his family on the horizon, tragedy suddenly strikes, and David finds himself lying in an emergency room, nearing death. While on his death bed, David makes a promise that proves to be life altering. After a miraculous recovery, he finds himself being held to his promise. Thus begins a journey that will take David from New York to Georgia and back again, discovering that one man can make a difference, not only in the lives of others he encounters but in his own destiny.

Judge’s Review

This story of a young man’s redemption was a wonderful, powerful story. David has always wanted a career as a musician. As soon as he graduates from college, he heads to Nashville to live his dream. But in do so, he leaves behind his family, his girlfriend, and the man who had mentored him and become his friend. David felt he had to let go of all this to focus his energy and achieve his goal. When this dream does not come to fruition, he returns home, broken and dejected. An accident and a near death experience send David down another path. David makes a promise to God that if he lives; he will serve in whatever way God needs him.

David hits the road finding that he, one man, can make a difference in the lives of others and in the world. Gary Friedman’s “Promise” is the first in a trilogy that follows David on his journey to fulfill his promise. The writing is well done. The characters are well drawn and feel real. I liked the way all the characters connect and circle around each other. I like that Friedman shows his faith yet does not force it down your throat. This was a very inspirational book.

– Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 5 × .5 in

Digital Download, Paperback

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