The White Gates Adventures
The Kicking Tree – Published 2014
We begin our adventures with Jack and Jalli. Jack, an eighteen-year-old with a chip on his shoulder, is from Planet Earth – the English Midlands to be precise. Jalli aged seventeen, is one of only two members of the Rarga family to survive a catastrophic failure of a damn above her village on Planet Raika in the Jallaxa system in the Andromeda galaxy. They are brought together by mysterious white gates that unite their worlds with a lovely garden and a thatched cottage.
Jack and Jalli adventure together through thick and thin to forge a partnership that, not only benefits them, but many others as they find their white gates leading to yet new planets and situations.
Ultimate Justice – Published 2015
Race ahead twenty years and Jack and Jalli have teenagers of their own. These young people are unique. They may share the values of their parents, but otherwise they are quite different. Kakko, the eldest, is a feisty young woman, impatient and quick to act. She loves machinery. Shaun, whose greatest talent is playing in midfield on the football pitch, is rather introvert. Bandi is the thoughtful one – a philosopher at heart. These young people find their own white gates and adventures, and on the way make friends with a bevy of other new characters: Tam (Kakko’s long-suffering boyfriend), Dah (a singer/song-writer), Zoe (from the YWCA in Connecticut, USA), and Abby (a vicar’s daughter) to name a few.
More adventures from our teenage friends and their family. Kakko somehow continues to find herself in some pretty hairy situations, dragging Tam along with her. Abby comes up against the immovable rock of authority in the form of her headteacher, while her family move house – an alarming prospect. Will her white gate at the bottom of her garden follow her? And all this against the background of exams. Meanwhile, Shaun finds a beautiful girlfriend – a different kind of adventure. How is that going to work out? And Jack and Jalli get way back to Jalli’s hometown of Wanulka on Planet Raika with interesting consequences…
As they travel around the universe through their white gates into worlds old and new, they are wowed by the wonder of it all. They perceive the creating breath of the Creator – the ‘winds’. But, of course, that doesn’t stop them running up blind alleys where wonder and beauty are ignored, brushed aside or deliberately destroyed, as some people’s desire for power and control becomes paramount.
It is Shaun that forms the backbone of this book. Noted for his footballing prowess, he is not the most outgoing member of his family and their friends, and yet he has his challenges to face every bit as much as Kakko or Abby.
But the book is not all about Shaun. Kakko develops her career in engines for spacecraft, but still manages to come within a hair’s breadth of meeting her end as she manages to find herself in some really dangerous places. They have a great time with Zoe in an exotic location on Planet Earth, while the family face challenges at home on Planet Joh that demand as much patience and resolve as they have ever had to call on elsewhere in their adventures. A mysterious spacecraft arrives with clues about an ancient past, and our heroes and heroines find themselves in conflict with computers that have taken over the world of some their former friends.
And the series ends where it all began …
•WYSIWYG Christianity: Youth People & Faith in the 21st Century (The Listening People: 2005).
•Suffering & the Presence of God (available to download free upon request from the author here).
•“Sharing Ministry on a Red-brick Estate” in The Pastors’ Opportunities. Ed. Rodd, C.S. (T&T. Clark: 1989)