Storytelling, a Ministry

This link is to a novel-length story written in collaboration with my husband, John, as an extension of our ministry. It is our hope that this story will be of interest to those who have experienced PTSD, suffered domestic violence, struggled to find help in community, mistakenly believed that sex and salvation are incompatible, searched for the right neighborhood in which to raise children, or wondered where the Church was when you needed it. The story is also for those who would provide pastoral ministry to the wounded. Genesis teaches us that it is not good to be alone and that two will become one flesh. We believe that the message of Genesis applies to all of us, all of us; no one is excluded.

There is no fee for downloading or even printing the story, if you choose. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two with no money in their purse, so we ask for no payment. If you like the story pass it on. That is all the payment we need.


“Megan and Nick” is populated with many of the same ordinary people that are found in our first book “Allen and Sue”. Nick believes that letter writing is an art form. He loves to receive and write letters. Megan is a surprise to many people including Nick. Together they experience the confusing, but vital, process of decision-making so common to all of us. And what happens when someone with “new eyes” sees what we think we have “seen” all our lives? “Megan and Nick” is a celebration of hospitality and friendship, ordinary people trying to be open to surprising new possibilities. Writing is part of our ministry to live the same way. The Book of Genesis tells us that two can become one. Is that really possible? Can dreams come true? Ask Megan and Nick.

If you know of someone who may be interested in reading the story, it can be downloaded from our web site, http://joanclarkhouk.com. There is no fee for downloading or even printing the story. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two with no money in their purse, so we ask for no payment. If you like the story pass it on. That is all the payment we need.