Author Henry Brinton will sign copies of his new Occoquan-based mystery “Windows of the Heavens.” The Spot will sell the book, along with other items for the holidays. Hope to see you December 18!
When the heavens open on the small river town of Occoquan, Virginia, the streets flood and a candle shop is swept away. A Methodist pastor named Harley Camden witnesses the destructive deluge and then discovers, in the debris, a dead man with a crude carving of Satan’s claws in his back. Harley is drawn into the mystery of what caused the flood and who killed the man, while diving into questions of good and evil, body and spirit, humanity and the environment—especially questions about the change in climate that now threatens life around the globe. He discovers that there is a spiritual dimension to every social issue, whether it be the violence of Central American gangs or the racism that leads a black businessman to make a fateful choice. When the windows of the heavens open, surprising truths are revealed about how people can coexist in an interfaith, multicultural community, and how humans can establish a sustainable relationship with the natural world around them.
Henry G. Brinton is the pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia. He has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post. An endurance athlete, he has completed a marathon, triathlon, or century (hundred-mile) bike ride a year since the year 2000. Windows of the Heavens is the sequel to his murder mystery City of Peace (2018).