FROM ISLAM TO CHRIST

Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead.

Her winding path through the riddles of God was not over, however. While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church. Ultimately, she ended up in the United States, where has become a citizen and has settled down to raise a family.

Derya's story provides a window into both Islam and modernity. It shows that the grace and the mercy of God know no bounds.  Rather, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ reaches souls in the most unlikely places.

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FICTION


The Manual Beyond and its sequel The Ambit Above are young adult novels that deal with the concept of free will and whether the ends justify the means. Half of the novels take place on Earth, and the other half on the fictional land of Kaya. The people on Kaya possess seven different abilities, which are inspired by St. Thomas’ properties of the glorified body.

The books are not overtly Christian, however Christian ideals are woven through the plot. James, the main character, is a homeless boy because of a broken family. The themes of loss, grief, pain and eventual healing are explored in a way that would not compromise the innocence of readers of any age.

The goal of these books is not only to invigorate the imagination, but also help the reader to grapple with hard questions of the day. Chesterton’s quote on fairy tales has been my inspiration in writing these novels. There are many dragons in our world, as Catholics we need to find the St. Georges.

“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

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THE MANUAL BEYOND
One boy, two worlds, a singular challenge... 

It's hard to be a homeless teenager in Seattle, getting wet in the endless rain, not knowing where the next meal is going to come from -or whether there would be a next meal. 

At least, that isn't James' only world. 

Every night, James Knox of Earth goes to sleep at midnight. Every morning, he wakes up on Kaya, a paradise far beyond our constellations. The end of his Kayan day returns him once again to the streets. 

On Earth, the struggles of homeless life cast a dark shadow. On Kaya, James and his friends find themselves in the middle of an unexpected challenge. 

Is the destination worthy of the journey?


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THE AMBIT ABOVE

A sequel to The Manual Beyond...

Now that James and his friends have the elusive Manual, surely it should be a matter of time to take the Ambit down. But neither the puzzling instructions nor their determined ruler is willing to cooperate. 

As open doors close one after another, is there still a chance to free Aqui?

Thankfully, things are looking up on Earth. James’ mom is back in their lives. There is a glimmer of hope in the horizon. But, trust is a rare commodity for a homeless teenager. While James and Maggie try to navigate these new found waters, Kaya becomes a place where everyday is riddled with dangers and questions.

One cannot help but wonder, is the outcome worthy of the journey?

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