About the Book
Roberto Ornan Roche, a Christian writer from Cuba, is an internationally recognized author with stories published in English and Spanish. His book, The Lighthouse of Asaph, is a story collection capturing the emotions and longings of a Cuban heart. The stories were written in an attempt to reconcile the author’s life of faith with a society that discourages it. Born out of fear and sadness, sadness from praying for dreams that were never realized, The Lighthouse of Asaph is a book to encourage you and help you find meaning in your circumstances.
Some years ago I wrote a series of stories. I wrote them without thinking about publishing them, much less to share this set of stories with so many people; I only experienced that with my closest friends and some relatives. Then, one day I gathered all those stories into a book which I entitled “The Lighthouse of Asaph”, because I like lighthouses a lot, and the name of Asaph due to a man of the Bible who was sad and discouraged.
Every year, when arriving the terrible and threatening hurricanes of the Caribbean, I lose sleep and the happiness, fearing that the strong winds could pull up the trees that my father planted almost forty years ago; some of them are already rootless, but there are still many in foot and this fact is one of the best memories that I have of him. Many times my mother and I were praying next to the door while the wind blew irresistibly outdoors. When I think of something like that, I also imagine that our faith can be considered as trees which are looked after by other people, new ones can be planted as renovated reasons and good actions and ideals to be fed, comparable with lovely kept seeds of those old demolished trees. A new way to rescue the faith from the mean of the pain that exists around us may be thought as well.
Many times my memories and thoughts transformed into dry leaves, then they were gathered as ashes, but one day, miraculously, all those ideals began to hold testimonies, varied texts and memories that could be good for others to begin again. It was not a simply personal game of learning how to use words but of reviving myself when using them.
About the Author
Roberto Ornan Roche is a Christian writer from Cuba. In 1995 he won a prize for his text “Sand in my Eyes.” Starting from 2004 his texts have been published in national magazines of different Christian denominations in Cuba, such as the case of the titles “Jesus”, “One Vessel Forever”, “Sand in my Eyes”, etc.
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