Back in the car and heading to Joe’s place, Joe noticed a Bible sitting between them in the seat. Grace detected his glance: “Do you read the Good Book often?” she asked Joe.
“No ma’am; not since I was a little boy,” Joe replied through a yawn.
“Well, if you don’t have one you can have mine,” she told him with a cheery grin.
Joe was bemused. “No, that’s okay. I have one. My mom got it for me when I was six years old.”
Grace looked at him. “And you still have it? That’s amazing.”
Joe didn’t understand what was so amazing about it. “It’s in a box somewhere.”
They were pulling into the apartment complex as Grace said, “I learn something new about God every time I read the Word.”
Undoing his seatbelt Joe mumbled, “I know all I need to know about God.”
Joe Morgan wakes up from nightmares about the day in church when he was ten years old and the pastor yelled about a sin that can’t be forgiven. Since then, he has left the idea of God far behind, much more concerned with taking care of his self than with running after a Being who damns His creatures to hell. Joe lives the small town life, going to the same bar after work every week with his friend Ray and holding back his feelings for his coworker, Nicole. He’s too caught up in the relationship they already have to risk pushing it into romance. What Joe doesn’t know is that everything is about to change—what he thinks about Nicole, about himself and most of all, about God. How can a stolen truck and two men in the hospital change Joe’s humdrum life? Read Tortured Soul to find out.