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Ken R. Abell

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Welcome. Thank you for stopping by to check out these pages. My interests are rather eclectic, including but not limited to history, politics, sports, and spiritual formation; especially fascinated in exploring those intersections where faith meets reality.

My first book, An Ordinary Story of Extraordinary Hope accepts that life is hard. True life narrative is tied to Scripture to describe God's presence in the midst of painful circumstances.

My second book is fiction. The novel, Days of Purgatory is a mystery thriller set against the backdrop of westward expansion. It explores some disturbing themes regarding the depravity of the human heart and does so in a manner that ought to cause the reader to examine the meaning of faith, spirituality, and the broken nature of life. My third book, Shadows of Revenge continues the story that began with Days of Purgatory. The sequel is an adventure mystery set in and around Abilene, Kansas in 1872. Deacon Coburn, a realist galvanized by his past, is startled when remnants of yesteryear track him down. The saga unfolds further in my fouth book, Echoes of Evil, which opens in the midst of a ferocious winterstorm. Populated by old west heroes and outlaws, the story is a life and death struggle that has harrowing turns and supernatural overtones.

All four books are available at Amazon.

The Jodat Chronicles can be found at WWW.DANCESWITHCORN.COM. Jedediah Jodat is a mysterious character who gets entangled in trials and troubles. He is a time traveler and soldier of fortune. His roots, story, and ongoing adventures are always fascinating and routinely end in cliff hanging situations.

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        Uploading Photos

        6 years ago

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      • Keywords & Tags - HELP

        Keywords & Tags - HELP

        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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      • True Grit - Coen Brothers Remix

        True Grit - Coen Brothers Remix

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        Literary Agent---Marketing?

        7 years ago

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        Comments - Approval Button

        7 years ago

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        Daily Digest

        7 years ago

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        Question - Duplicate Content

        7 years ago

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        Big Whoop - 10,000 Views

        7 years ago

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        Professional Edit

        7 years ago

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        Top 15 Influential Books - Personalized

        7 years ago

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      • Question - Deleting Hub To Republish

        Question - Deleting Hub To Republish

        7 years ago

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      • THANK YOU  & Some Other Stuff

        THANK YOU & Some Other Stuff

        7 years ago

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      • Two Questions

        Two Questions

        7 years ago

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        Export CSV

        8 years ago

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        Whitmore Publishing

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        Kontera Questions

        8 years ago

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        Amazon Question

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        AdSense Unit Code

        8 years ago

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        Seek Feedback & Help

        8 years ago

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      • Troubleshooting


        8 years ago

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