Author Archives : SammyT

The Reverend Devil

I included one of the most despicable characters in American history in my book, Twice a Slave. I’d never heard of him until I did research on my family history. His father was a minister, and his mother a prostitute. He despised his father, and learned thievery from his mother. While she was doing business […]

Spying Out the Land

With passion blazing in his eyes, the old man wagged his finger. “Young man, next year, there’s going to be 100,000 atheist, communist youth gathered in our city. I want you to pray about preaching Jesus to them.” My mouth dropped. The communists had built a wall around the city of Berlin. There were machinegun […]

Life Lessons from the NBA Finals

Full disclosure – I’m a San Antonio Spurs fan, an avid Spurs fan. Many of these insights are taken from watching the Spurs throughout the entire NBA playoffs. However, most of them were observed during the finals against the Miami Heat. The following are life lessons we can all draw from the NBA playoffs. 1. […]

A Witness to Murder

John Bass appealed to Mr. Thomas not to kill the Native American, but Thomas wouldn’t listen. Thomas had already shot him and left him for dead. When he learned that he was still alive, Thomas pursued the Choctaw and killed him. When I read the 1806 documents detailing what my third great grandfather, John Bass, […]

When the Judge Meets Grace

We must never compromise God’s standard. We are a people of grace, not condemnation. Holy is the Lord. Jesus is full of grace. Obedience to the Word of God brings intimacy with God. We are no longer living under the law, but we are free in the Holy Spirit. The above statements may seem contradictory, […]

A Mysterious Wind

The wind picked up, and the rain fell. Soon it turned into a torrential downpour as a hurricane blew through south Louisiana. It’s one of those instances you never forget. The feel of the wind, the sounds of nature, and the ominous clouds gave the moment a unique sensation. The anticipation of hurricane winds carving […]

The Power to Forgive

As I wrote Twice a Slave, I was forced to consume numerous documents on the life of Joseph Willis. One great truth jumped off the pages of those records, grabbed my heart, and flooded my soul – the power to forgive. One of the first goals I needed to achieve in order to understand what […]

The Joseph Willis Story

There are some stories that a writer would love to tell, but occasionally a story comes along that an author is compelled to relate to others. The Joseph Willis story falls into the latter category. His life is one of the most intriguing that I’ve ever come across in American history. Yet, he remains one […]