Elmbrook Stories

Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness by Travis Stase   It was Thanksgiving Day when 12-year-old Travis came down the steps, straightening his tie and looking forward to celebrating the holiday with his parents and sister. Maniacal laughter piercing the air brought him to the kitchen, where he found his mother talking to the demons in the turkey. His mother’s mental breakdown was more than his father could handle, so he soon retreated into alcoholism. Life turned upside down and both of his parents...

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Scandalous Grace

Scandalous Grace

Scandalous Grace by Sarah Kooiman   Driving home that night, I prepared myself for what I would say and thought about what I would do if the unthinkable happened. God made it very clear that my years of living in a prison built with my own hands were about to come to an end, but I was terrified at what might lie outside those walls. “I felt my heart change. I felt like Jesus was right there in that room, holding my hand, listening to me.” I would have...

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