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The Writings of A. K. Frailey
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1) Yeah, I’m one of those. I actually believe that there is such a thing as spiritual warfare. When I look at what is happening in Iraq – I wonder – does anyone still have any doubt? In my world, I fight wars with prayer. Many people see prayers as nothing more than empty words. After all, words can’t stop evil. Or can they? I am humbled by the words of such people as Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Maximilian Kolbe, Abraham Lincoln, and a host of other notables who faced and conquered great evil. Their words reflected their hearts which directed their lives. The fruit of their lives fed millions.
2) So back to this spiritual warfare thing. What is it? Well, spiritual warfare involves the forces opposing the grace of God and it comes in a variety of forms. It comes down to despair vs hope. The ultimate battle is over souls and the battlefield is in living-rooms and bedrooms, in the corners of our minds, and in the media. The question is – who is pushing us toward despair and who draws us toward hope? It’s best to pick our friends carefully in this battle.
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Ann Frailey of rural Fillmore, Illinois, published her first book entitled “The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings” under the name A. K. Frailey in 2011. It is a reflection on the characteristics of the heroes and villains in the Tolkien classic and investigates the sources and influences of virtue and vice in our own modern world.
ARAM, book one of The Deliverance Trilogy, her first fictional work, is an adventure, romance, and mystery all rolled into one with characters who struggle to survive in a hostile world while encountering evil from within and without. Three clans meet, clash, and battle out their differences before they come to know that they share a hidden past. ARAM won runner – up in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.
Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Sorcery, dangerous raids, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember. Ishtar’s Redemption won finalist in the 2013 Tuscany Press Writing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.
Neb the Great – Shadows of the Past, the third book in The Deliverance Trilogy, was published in August 2013. For the sake of his son, Ishtar retells the compelling history of Neb the Great. From there Ishtar and his son must decide how they will face the future. Eoban and Obed must over come their misunderstandings and face new challenges which burst upon them unexpectedly. Neb the Great won Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival for genre fiction and is under review for the CWG Seal of Approval.
Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. The Road Goes Ever On, ARAM, and Ishtar’s Redemption have all won the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval. All four of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.
Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education. She was married to John Frailey who was also an educator for many years, but passed away in December 2013 due to cancer complications. She has eight children and she home educates them while maintaining a rural home – including chickens, bees, cats and dogs living at their ease, apparently in early retirement.
Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She loves her various roles as mother, educator, and author and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends in rural Illinois.
Ann’s future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the far flung future. Her next book, Georgios, is due out in the fall of 2014. Visit her website www.akfrailey.com often for her newest blog, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.