Pas­tor writes de­but novel about com­ing of age

South Florida Times - - PRAYERFUL LIVING - Steven Wayne, a pas­tor and singer/song­writer, is the author of “Tem­po­rary De­mol­ish­ment” Staff Re­port Black­

In Steven Wayne’s de­but novel, “Tem­po­rary De­mol­ish­ment,” a young man grap­ples with what it means to be spir­i­tu­ally awak­ened and to rec­on­cile earthly de­sires with God’s plan. The book in­cludes his jour­ney of heal­ing bro­ken­ness as he comes of age in the realm of love, heart­break, and spir­i­tual ma­tu­rity.

The story opens on An­thony, a sev­enth grader whose nascent steps into dat­ing and re­la­tion­ships form the ba­sis for his fu­ture more se­ri­ous en­deav­ors with the op­po­site sex. An­thony’s pur­suit of his fe­male in­ter­ests is naïve and daunt­less, but he quickly learns that the world doesn’t al­ways see him the way he does.

As he en­ters high school, An­thony cre­ates a hard outer façade to shield him­self from the heart­break he’s ex­pe­ri­enced. He even gives this façade a name: RIO, the cool, calm, and col­lected guy who gets the girls but never falls in love with them. All the while, he har­bors strong and un­de­ni­able feel­ings for a sin­gle girl, one who will con­tin­u­ally own his heart for more than a decade, Lisa.

“I want every­one to read this book and laugh, cry, shake their heads, and stare in dis­be­lief, just like I did while I was writ­ing it,” Wayne said. “This story is prob­a­bly not un­like many of your own… It’s called Tem­po­rary De­mol­ish­ment for a rea­son. Life is short, so do all that you can to rec­on­cile as much of your bro­ken past as pos­si­ble. Live free.”

Wayne is also an R&B/Soul singer and song­writer and the Lo­gis­tics Pas­tor at Em­manuel Church (The E Church) based in Chino Hills, Ca.

“Tem­po­rary De­mol­ish­ment” is avail­able on Ama­zon/Kin­dle and Barnes & Noble/Nook.

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