Author: G. Richard Hoard

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A ministerial student’s horror of the dead and the dying is so pronounced that the church authorities refuse to ordain him until he conquers his fear. They assign thirty-one year old Joseph Belder to the pediatrics floor of a research hospital where he is stretched to the limits of his sanity, haunted by the ghosts of children, tormented by his ineffective prayers at saving them.

His wife, Julia, who married Joe when he was a coach, cannot understand his inability to find happiness in his work. Lonely, and out of her element at seminary, she wraps her life around their two small children and offers little empathy toward the husband she fears ready to quit yet another job. Enter Marisa Madison, a new seminary student who befriends Julia, but then, intrigued by Joe, begins to offer him much more than friendship. Soon Joe finds himself entangled in a web that will cost him much more than the ministry.

Through Fear of Death is a story of how good people rise and fall – and then rise again.

___________________________________________________________ "Richard Hoard knows how to tell a story. He keeps you captivated from the first page to the last. This is the kind of book that ought to be in the hands of every seminary student in the country. It tells the story of a country Pastor named Joe Belder. It is so realistic I believe I might have met Joe when I was in seminary. Joe’s journey of ecclesiastical pursuit takes him on a path that everyone will identify. Temptations, demons, and a unresolved past become a focal point of the unfolding dramatic story. I would recommend this book without hesitation!" ----- Dr. Dan A. Berry, DS – South Coastal District of the Wesleyan Church ____________________________________________________________ “Richard Hoard has given us a realistic and insightful view of the struggles and challenges that will resonate with those in professions dedicated to meeting the spiritual, social and/or physical needs of others. We are invited into Joseph Belder's most private world where he seeks to reconcile his commitment to God with the religious bureaucracy, his family life and his own deep spiritual questions. The honesty and humanity of Joseph Belder combined with his quirky sense of humor engages the reader in such a way that Joe becomes a personal friend. I want to ask Richard when we will get another glimpse into Joe's life as he continues to honestly live the life God has chosen for him. Definitely a "two thumbs up" read!! “----- Donna Allen - Pruitt Corporation

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G. Richard Hoard

Author of Alone Among the Living: a Memoir of the Floyd Hoard Murder (1994); The Race Before Us, a novel (2005), and soon to be published novel (July 2013) Through Fear of Death. G. RIchard Hoard has won writing awards from the Georgia Press Association, The Salvation Army, and the AMMY Foundation. He has taught literature and composition in high school and speech communication in college. He is an alumnus of The University of Georgia and is currently a Wesleyan pastor, serving at Oconee River Church in Watkinsville, Georgia.

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