Our Town Atheist

Victoria Buck is a native of Central Florida. From her home office, she runs a small business with her husband, and writes unusual stories from a Christian worldview. Her fourth novel, Our Town Atheist, offers a mystifying twist in the story of Adam Bender, a small-town banker who tries to guard his privacy and keep his unbelief under wraps. Of course, it doesn’t work out that way. He meets Essa Stephanou, a beautiful doctor, and can’t help but tell her all about himself. She keeps his secret, but in the town of Crossroads, there are no secrets. Here’s an excerpt:
His proclamation surprised Essa, and when she realized she was staring, she forced a smile. “We all have our own path to follow.”
“I don’t share my lack of belief with too many people. In fact, I’ve never mentioned it to anyone in this little Bible-belt town. I know better than to tell good God-fearing people I don’t have any use for their religion. I’m not sure why I just chose to tell the daughter of missionaries. Especially when you’re facing something so horrible.”
She took a breath. “So, if you’re not a practicing Jew, and you don’t practice anything, then you’re not a practicing atheist. Right?”
He crossed his brow. “I’m sorry. What?”
“I’ve known a few and they practiced it. Religiously.”
“Oh, them. Well, I don’t belong to a support group or attend rallies, if that’s what you mean. And I don’t care if you choose to believe in something. I choose not to. I see no evidence to support belief in a higher power, and so I have no reason to be a theist. That makes me an atheist.”
“I guess you don’t like your father’s books.”
“I accept that my father is a brilliant man. A scientist and a philosopher. And I have read his books. Well, most of them. But my father and I live in different worlds.” He motioned for the waitress and ordered a bear claw.
Essa and her father lived in different worlds now, too. But how she longed to see him. “Don’t wait until the man is taken away from you to appreciate him. He is your father.”
“I’m sorry. Maybe we should change the subject.”
“You don’t have to spare my feelings, Adam. We all have our burdens. Tell me about your mother.”
“She died when I was eleven. Cancer. She was like your parents, and I assume, like you. A Christian. Or at least she grew up that way. Big scandal in the Bender family when my father married her.” He rubbed the back of his head and laughed softly. “I don’t know why I’m telling you this. I’ve never told anyone my mother wasn’t Jewish.”

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