An update on my novel

Last March, I finished my first novel Running Away From My Church, which tells the tragic story of a family caught up in a fundamentalist cult. Since then, around ten handpicked reviewers have sent me feedback and I have been blown away by what they said:

“Compelling, powerful, funny, and thoughtful!”

Written by a pro!”

What a journey! What a fascinating read! You warned me about the darkness of this book, but I love the ending.”

And so on…

I was so excited by the feedback, I decided I needed to seek the help of a professional editor before I started down the road of hiring an agent or self-publishing. I have been through my book ten times by now but it still needs some more polishing.

In the meantime, I am still seeking a few more people to help me review Running Away From My Church. If you are interested, please contact me here.

Thank you for your patience. I’m still shooting for a 2019 release date!


Running Away From My Church Novel MessnerBefore there was time, before you and me,

The whole earth it trembled in glad harmony,

Great mysteries abounded, the sky never darkened,

All waters they flowed, from the fountain of youth.


The prairies they chanted, the mountains they roared

The forests they whispered, this heavenly song.

La, la la la la, la la la la la la,

La la la la, la la la la la.

From author Robert Messner comes an epic tale of religion and madness in the heartland of America. Just 16-years-old, Joe’s despair increases daily as he watches his family become trapped within the machinations of the devious yet charming Pastor Tom. Soon, his mother’s devotion to this fundamentalist church and its leader threatens to tear the family apart. Can Joe act quickly enough to save his family and his girlfriend before time runs out? To what lengths will he go to help his family escape from this cult? From start to the shocking finish, Running Away From My Church will keep you up late into the night and make you question everything you have ever known about American Christianity.