By J. J. Hebert
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YOUNG JAMES FROST just knows, deep in his bones, that he's a writer. He writes far into early mornings, after his wearying hours of scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors. He loves writing that much. But it's not only the joy of words that keeps him grinding; it's his desire to retire the janitor's mop. He sees being published as the key to living an improved life. James has another deep-seated conviction: that he's not good enough. He secretly longs to be accepted. However, the conventional others in his life seem all too willing to remind him that he's wasting his time. Then he meets and falls in love with Leigh, the one bright spot in his endless misery of self-doubt. A quiet but resolutely religious girl, she has to fight off disapproval of her own from overly critical parents, whose insults are countered by James's often-voiced admiration of her. Likewise, Leigh's faith in his talents begins to build his confidence, eventually allowing her to introduce him to a different way to help himself: relying on God. Ultimately, James's newfound faith is sorely tested to the point of doubt when his dream to be published seems to melt into a mirage, smothered by countless rejection slips from agents and publishers. His faith is also battered by having to fight highly emotional battles and suffer fear and loss. Just when James appears hopelessly sapped by devastating events, one last door opens, and he's rocked by an epiphany. UNCONVENTIONAL is designed to inspire readers to reach for their dreams. Buy this book. Read it. Share it with everyone you know. You—and they—will be glad you did! * * * * * * Jeffrey Kafer, winner of the 2008 Voicey Awards (in the category of Best New Voice), is the narrator of Unconventional. Visit Jeffrey at www.jeffreykafer.com. * * * * * * REVIEWS: "Unconventional is a wonderful story full of heart, humor, and what it means to truly be successful. An A+ novel for the keeper shelf." –Gemma Halliday, award-winning author "I loved Unconventional, a stirring love story and spiritual journey that will surely touch your heart. You’ll remember James Frost for a long time!" –Cecelia Dowdy, inspirational romance novelist * * * * * * To learn about J. J. Hebert and his work, and to purchase the print edition of UNCONVENTIONAL, please visit his official website: www.jjhebert.net.
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 15||The final episode of Unconventional. Prepare yourself for an exhilarating conclusion... Thank you for listening! Please show your support by recommending Unconventional to family and friends.||10/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 14||This episode contains a shocking, plot-shattering twist. Beware.||10/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 13||James moves into his own apartment, loses someone close to him, and accumulates, yes, more rejections. He asks for God's hands but can't find them.||9/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 12||Meranda finds some peace. James's rollercoaster journey continues...Rejections, cardboard boxes, a new job.||9/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 11||Meranda has a big problem. James ensures that she's not alone.||8/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 10||Meranda Erickson comes into the picture; James's Dad reveals more shocking news (what could it be?); and James searches for a new job (will he get one?).||8/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 9||James finishes his rewrite, and Unconventional Jesus finds him in their game of hide-and-seek.||8/5/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 8||James has no desire to write or eat due to his failing relationship with Leigh. To make matters worse, she gives James the we-need-to-talk line.||7/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 7||James's Dad makes a shocking announcement, causing panic in both James and Leigh. Life will never be the same again.||7/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 6||Mitch provides James with an opportunity to meet a very influential individual. And...James's relationship with Leigh strengthens.||7/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 5||James receives inspiration from an editor/friend, Arthur. Then comes Thanksgiving with Leigh and her family...an event that doesn't go as planned.||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 4||Leigh goes on vacation abroad while James, alone once again and completely despondent, faces numerous rejection letters. Thankfully, an old friend, Mitch, decides to surprise James with a perfectly timed appearance...and gift.||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 3||Leigh agrees to meet with James on what ends up being the same day he's rejected by one of the largest publishing companies in the country. Will he keep his composure and go through with meeting Leigh...or stay home and wallow in self-pity?||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 2||Horribly lonely, James turns to MySpace.com and finds a kind, God-loving gal, Leigh, his only hope of companionship. But is she for real?||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnconventional - Episode 1||James Frost is introduced, along with the idea of unconventionality. His best friend begins college, leaving James behind and virtually alone in a conventional world. Now all he has left is his dream of becoming a published author.||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
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