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Robert Hammond is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and best-selling author of over a dozen books, including Ready When You Are: Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments for Success and C.B. DeMille: The Man Who Invented Hollywood. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and is a highly sought-after speaker on personal achievement, filmmaking and Hollywood history.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: New Way Press (March 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615796567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615796567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,249,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Hammond is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and bestselling author with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He has authored over a dozen books, including "The Light," "C.B. DeMille: The Man Who Invented Hollywood" and "Ready When You Are: Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments for Success." Hammond is the screenwriter and producer of several films, including "C.B. DeMille," the epic biopic about the legendary director. He also a sought-after teacher, creative consultant, and keynote speaker on creative thinking, transformational writing, and personal achievement. For more information visit www.roberthammondconsulting.com

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Novels about substance abuse and how that happens and the various endpoints with which it leaves those who suffer from it are becoming more frequently published as the problem of drug addiction - both illegal and prescription type - flourishes in our culture today. Whether we as a society have created a living environment of isolation and egocentrism conducive to those who feel the need to escape or whether the space between now and the future is so nebulous that caring about health both physical and mental seems futile, we are indeed seeing an increasing number of people - young and not young - entering the dark corridor of addition. Robert Hammond addresses this in a searingly poignant way.

Abel Adams is a bright but troubled `outsider' who is desperately seeking freedom, love, and spiritual enlightenment while battling drug addiction, dark forces, and strange temptations. He journeys through a mysterious labyrinth of crime and the occult along his hazardous search for identity and self-realization. As the author has stated, `Abel Adams is essentially an allegorical composite of all of us who have gone astray at some point in our lives. I believe that many people will discover they deeply identify with Abel's desperate desire for deliverance.'

Some critics have compared THE LIGHT to Joseph Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS: Donna Kennedy state, `"Abel entered the heart of darkness when his path branched into a labyrinth. Instead of `the howl and the dance' of the African jungle that claimed Mr. Kurtz, Abel was seduced by the world of hallucinogenic drugs. There is a new wisdom to author Hammond's quest for knowledge. Life is mystical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kissablysweetone on August 17, 2013
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Abel Adams is one of the very few black kids in Eden Valley, California. His father was the only black professor at the University. Abel never really felt he fit in, not with the blacks and not with the whites. He did try though. Abel had the misfortune of living in a time when drugs were really becoming an issue. Eventually he began using drugs and drinking alcohol. It went from bad to worse. The only thing constant in Abel's life was the feeling there was a higher power. No matter how bad things got, Abel kept his heart and mind open to the higher power.

This book is one you will enjoy for several reasons. The least of which is the search Abel makes to discover what his beliefs really are. The writing is superb! Parts of this book are dark and discuss very basic needs and desires. It's mystical and enlightening. You may not enjoy the path Abel takes to get his enlightenment but you will see and understand how he reaches his final decision. For some this book might be a bit deep and philosophical but hang in there, I promise you'll love it.

I found no issues.

I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 simply because of the depth of the subject. Some may not be able to follow easily.
~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bryant on June 5, 2013
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In this book we follow the life of Abel Adams a young man who ends up lost and troubled trying to find his way. It's the age old story of the prodigal son who must in his own way find who he is and where he belongs. Written beautifully I was drawn into the characters life and struggles and was left feeling inspired by him. The book takes you on a journey through many twist and turns through various religious experiences to find The Light. I also felt many could relate to the character for various reasons. Over all a really good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gayle pace on July 25, 2013
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Everything about the 1970's was crazy and wild, especially Los Angeles. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the era. The character, Abe, grew up as the child of a black mother and father who were very successful. He grew up in an all white neighborhood in the 1960's. The author takes the reader on a journey with Abel. Abel is very bright but a very troubled person looking in. Never belonging. He is so wanting and needing love, freedom and spiritual guidance. Growing up in an all white neighborhood must have been very difficult. The whites throughout that period of time were not very forgiving or accepting. It is no wonder that Abel begins having problems with drugs.temptations and the ever present dark force. He also had run ins with the police. Abel goes through so much turmoil until he finds, in his mind, a variety of practices of spirituality that were combined into "THE LIGHT". I could relate in a way. We all have gone off the right path at some time or another.

We all have been lost and searching for that redemption. Some, unfortunately don't find it. Others, fortunately do. Thank God.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of THE LIGHT from the author, Robert Hammond for this unbiased review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mahoney on April 21, 2013
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In the author's words "Abel Adams is essentially an allegorical composite of all of us who have gone astray at some point in our lives," says the author. "I believe that many people will discover they deeply identify with Abel's desperate desire for deliverance."

What I have previewed as a reader, this book is a keeper, it has all the elements of light, darkness, confusion of identification in a tumultuous time and the character Abel has caught this reader's heart.

He is walking a risky life path, and the vessels and experiences he comes across and lives thru many trials, is a witness that for everyone, no matter how far they fall into the abyss of darkness, there is always hope to come back. Be reborn to the light. I can that tell this is a human mystical story that calls to wounded and lost children/adults and gives them inspiration to break free from their chains of bondage. Highly recommend this book, especially in these tsunami like times, as darkness is closing in and we need more light and encouragement.

One lives life, you get up, prepare for work, do your chores, give of yourself to others, go to bed, and awake to the next day, the same routine day in and day out. There is a season for everything as my grandmother used to tell me. We all experience joy, sadness, bounty and agony in our brief lives, which is a span of a blink of an eye.

Then again when the season changes and the storms pour in, we feel alone and deserted, we call upon a higher power to help us through.

Well it seems this is a season for this reader, the authors and books I have read in the past month are messages of forgiveness and living in the moment.
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