Life is hard. Sometimes it gives us an unfair hand and leaves us wondering what happened as we try to pick up the pieces of our broken dreams. Experiences like these can make us feel lost and scared and cause us to put up walls around us to protect ourselves, refusing to leave the safety of our comfort zone. Challenging the Unknown by Alfredo E. Phipps, Jr. addresses what it feels like when our world falls apart around us and how we can move forward with confidence and purpose. The story follows several characters whose lives intersect when they are invited to attend an event led by a teacher that will change the direction of their lives forever. Join us on the journey and learn how to embrace uncertainty and enter into the possibilities that await you, mustering the courage to take a leap even when life seems scary.
Afredo E. Phipps, Jr. was born in Samaná, Dominican Republic. Since he was very young he liked to write stories created from his imagination. In 1994, he immigrated to the United States with other members of his family. In 2007, he worked at the International Monetary Fund as an Information Technology Administrator. In 2015, he graduated from Liberty University. For many years he was afraid of the unknown, missing out on great opportunities in his life. From this experience was emerged the story "Challenging the Unknown".
Chapter 1: It's Not Always About Winning
"Not that you are a bad player; no one can take the blame. The opponents were remarkable too, and we all must acknowledge that. Everything will work out fine for you next time, my superhero." With this, Peter hugged Ariel, and so did his mother.
Ariel wiped his tears and said, "I will never play basketball again! I just can't."
Chapter 2: In the Parallel World
Oliver Anderson was forty-five years old, but his loneliness made him look older. He couldn't let go of his wife's memory of taking her last breaths in his arms. He felt afraid to start over.
Since Mrs. Anderson departed from this world, he became wary of spending more and more time with his loved ones. Since the death of his beloved wife, he knew it's just in a flash of a second that the heart stops beating.
Chapter 3: Too Difficult to Start Over
"You tell me. How can success and wealth mean anything to you when you have no one to share it with? For all that I have achieved in twenty-five years, this is how I am being paid back. I am alone. My companion is loneliness and nothing else. Where did I fail? Why did this happen to me?"
"I am afraid to start a new relationship after this experience. How can I trust someone with my heart? It is easy for people to crumble it to pieces. At this age, I have no desire to go through this again. It is better to stay alone. I may have been destined to stay like this, alone ..."
Chapter 4: In the Big City, All by Yourself
"Women in my country are ill-treated. Every household has a story of domestic violence, and hospitals are full of female patients who have suffered domestic violence at the hands of their spouses. The cases that make it to the court of law are thrown down the pipes when the plaintiff is dead at the hand of their husbands. To your surprise, let me tell you, the court would support all such criminals."
"Wow!" the class said unanimously.
"If I am still standing and able to quote all of this in front of you, let me tell you, this is because there is someone up there who has been watching over me and my innocent kids. Sometimes I preferred to die rather than live. I felt like giving up; I didn't see a single thing benefiting me. I wanted to end this life. What is the purpose of living with so much suffering? It made little sense to me. After seven years of emotional and physical abuse by my husband, I escaped with my two children. Why should I destroy this beautiful life at his disposal? We all may live a free and satisfying life. I waited for my husband to go to work, and with the help of some neighbors, I escaped. I fled from my home.
Chapter 5: Turning the Pages
"Hello Dad! I hope you are well. I know you're upset with me and you have reason to be. I should not have addressed you in that way; forgive me. You are very important in my life and if I come to you; it is because your advice mean a lot to me. I know you do not want me to do in business and you want the best for me, but how can I go against my will? If this passion that I carry inside consumes me every day, why are you stopping me? We are always just a decision away from a different life. You do not know how many times I have wanted to give up and abandon this dream and do what you have told me, but every time I try, it always comes to my mind and my heart pounds. I don't know if this will suffice to you, but that is all I have to say. You are very important to me. Please speak to me, at least once."
Chapter 6: The Lovers Reunite
Chapter 7: Opportunities
Chapter 8: The "Friday" Affair
Chapter 9: Proposals
Chapter 10: My Land's Calling
Chapter 11: The Guarantor
Chapter 12: Another Chance