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Overview Seeking freedom, love, and easy money, Abel Adams discovers a dark world of delusion, drugs, and self-destruction. His journey leads him through a labyrinth of crime, cults, and incarceration. Will Abel find deliverance before time runs out?
Publishers Description Seeking freedom, love, and easy money, Abel Adams discovers a dark world of delusion, drugs, and self-destruction. His mysterious journey leads him through a labyrinth of crime, cults, and incarceration. Betrayals, beatings, and brutal prisons, drive him to death's doorstep. Will Abel find deliverance before time runs out? Who can save him from himself? GRACE PERIOD: THE AWAKENING OF ABEL ADAMS will fulfill your longing to rise above impossible circumstances, to witness the triumph of truth over falsehood, to rejoice in the discovery of love through the power of faith. Pilgrim's Progress meets Heart of Darkness as Grace Period traces a prodigal son's allegorical passage from addiction to freedom. From the secret world of satanic cults and shooting galleries to healed relationships and a renewed sense of purpose, the spiritual awakening of an earthly soul who, searching for himself came face to face with God. You'll love it. Guaranteed. Robert Hammond is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of several books on consumer issues and personal finance, including Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset, Life After Debt: Free Yourself from the Burden of Money Worries Once and for All, and Credit Secrets: How to Erase Bad Credit.. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Hammond has worked as a program manager and consultant with several governmental, nonprofit and private organizations. He has provided counseling to thousands of individuals and was instrumental in establishing Riverside County's (CA) alternative dispute resolution program. Hammond is a highly sought after public speaker and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows. He lives in Southern California.
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Robert Hammond is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and author of over a dozen books including The Light and Ready When You Are: Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments for Success. In addition to developing projects for film and television, Hammond is a literary consultant, creative writing teacher, and a popular talk-show guest on personal transformation, creativity, and Hollywood history. His mission is to help others find their inner light and share their stories with the world. Hammond's book Life After Debt sold over 100,000 copies. He was the spokesperson for Capital One Financial Corporation's identity theft prevention program related to his book, Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset. Hammond holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, has taught at several universities, and has appeared on over 300 radio and television talk shows.
Robert Hammond has an academic affiliation as follows - Stanford University, California.
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Redemption is a long process ... Jul 11, 2007
"I think I'll become a junkie. Then I'll only have one problem to worry about." This was the mantra that Abel Adams learned early in his life and held to for most of it. How did Abel find himself on this dark and lonely road? How do any of us follow the paths that we do? No one can say, but here we can read about the journey of Abel Adams. Abel was born into an upper middle class family. He had parents who loved him and saw he wanted for nothing, yet within Abel was an emptiness he didn't realize was there. In his high school years Abel started out simply enough by shoplifting cheap wine and getting drunk. This was quickly followed by experimentation with marijuana and pills which led to heroin. Abel supported his habit with a life of crime. Along the way Abel was offered help to recover, but it was to no avail. Abel continued on and even experimented with religious cults in his quest to fill his emptiness. What happened to Abel in the end? Has that chapter been written? Read this book and find out.
This is an expertly written book. The characters are very well developed and full of life so that they jump off the page and into the reader's psyche. It was not difficult to see familiarity in each of them. This made it all the easier to follow as the plot led through the meandering life of Abel Adams. It is easy to say that the reading of this book is an experience in addiction
Robert Hammond is a screenwriter and a bestselling author of several books on consumer issues and personal finance.
I highly recommend this book for its style, readability, and especially for its message. It is written in a brisk and lively style that always keeps the reader interested and engaged in the action. There are few inspirational books that can tell a really great story without stressing the message and forgetting the messenger. This is one such book. Reviewer: John Helman, Allbooks Reviews.
on grace Jun 8, 2007
Grace Period by Robert Hammond is a great read. Had it on my nightstand & had to force myself to put it down each night. The imagery is vivid and takes you deep into the spiral of addiction. Whether you've ever had experience or insight into addiction, you will know exactly why the character does what he does - and the miracle that is his salvation.
Hooked from beginning to end May 8, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (5/07)
Abel Adams grew up in a Christian home in a quiet town in Maryland. His Aunt Delilah predicted that he would some day be a preacher -- little did she know the road he would take to get there. He had the advantage of a loving family, "wise counsel and educational opportunities." He traded all that for a world of drugs, and crime.
Abel seemed to rebel from early in his childhood. He stole from his family and fought against the consequences. He befriended Yogi even though his mother warned him that "he looked like bad news." Following in his friend's steps he began using drugs. The two stole a motorcycle and ran away from home, leaving a trail of crime along the way. "My parents are probably worried sick and I don't even know why I left." He turned himself in and his parents picked him up, but their relationship became more strained instead of better. Abel's drug use turned to LSD and wine. He began selling to support his habit.
One day Abel met a Prophet of God. The man told Abel about Jesus and asked him to read Isaiah 53. As Abel walked about he heard the Prophet say, "Brother, you're living in a grace period. You never know when it will run out." Abel didn't listen and continued down the path of destruction. From armed robbery to insurance fraud to a satanic cult, Abel was spiraling downward. Even joining the military didn't stop Abel's drug use.
Eventually Abel's Aunt Delilah's prediction came true. Abel knew that God loved him and that Jesus Christ would set him free. But the real change came in jail. Abel was going through withdrawal but it was more than that, his eyes were yellow, he was very ill. Abel was told he'd be "dead by Christmas." He reached for his Bible and began to read, "For whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." "God gave Abel the gift of forgiveness and the ability to forgive others. God gave him the ability to love those who had hurt him. These two gifts - forgiveness and love - were his salvation, his grace." Abel's life would never be the same, "Praise God, it would never be the same!"
"Grace Period" by Robert Hammond is one of those stories that you will never forget. Mr. Hammond is an extremely talented author. He has the amazing ability to pull the reader into the story. From the moment I began to read "Grace Period" I was hooked, I didn't lay this one down until I'd read every word. I'm not sure any review can do justice to this amazing story. Abel Adams comes to life on the pages, each of us will see a bit of ourselves in the character. We don't have to use drugs or steal things to see badly we need the saving grace of Jesus. The cover is beautifully done, darkness with a hint of light and an abstract arrow tease the reader to what they will find inside. I did find a few editing mistakes but have no other criticisms. Well-done Mr. Hammond! I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Recovery, Redemption, Renewal Apr 28, 2007
This book is an amazing story of one mans struggle with drugs, crime, and the occult and the way he got out. I highly reccomend this novel for anyone who beleives that redemption is possible and anyone who needs a reminder of God's grace.