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No Part of the World

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No Part of the World is a fictional account of a boy growing up a strict religious upbringing in a fictional religious organization named "God's People".

Stephen Dawson loves his family, his friends, and his God, but over time these loves gradually contrapose each another leaving Stephen demoralized and angered about the challenges of remaining No Part of the World and ste
Paperback, 1, 150 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by A Day of Imagination Publishing Corporation
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I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and feel very privileged to have won. A short, powerful, and moving story that captures the anxiousness of a child struggling to believe and be Good and then follows that child through his teenage years and early adulthood chronicling the consequences of his choices. Dawson has a strong easy writing style and uses unconventional capitalization to underline the importance of different words and ideas. Powerful dream scenes, such as the dream with th ...more
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Got a full coy from the author after reading the sample. Very moving. In particular I felt like the narrative brought me right into the mindset of the main character, and I could feel his pain, guilt and apprehensiveness. Though the book seemed to end abruptly, I think this was done on purpose to capture the feelings of isolation the main character exhibits up until the very last scene of the book.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm happy that I got given the chance. The book follows Stephen throughout his life, starting from his early formative years were he struggles with friends at school because of his strict religion but he finds a way to balance his social obligations with his spiritual ones by starting to rebel slightly. As his life progresses his rebellion becomes more severe as he enjoys his freedom away from his religion as it is something that he has never experien ...more
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I am an avid reader and a new writer. I love to read everything from the classics to the cutting edge. I love philosophy and science, and debating the ethics of organized religion. I am a faithful person who believes in the unknown, but, through my life experience, have come to realize that the unknown has no place within institution - how can we institutionalize what we don't really understand?
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“It is a dream. He knows it, and his becoming aware of it gives him a power to move freely among the other kids and people. Some of them wear yellow baseball hats. He feels the top of his head. No hat. He becomes anxious, frightened. He looks at those who wear the hats, some of his little friends, a few others he does not recognize. The hat means they will be saved. It means they have been chosen by God to live through the trials of Armageddon, when the moon will turn to blood, the sky will rain fire.” 1 likes
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