The Sunburnt Circus
The Sunburnt Circus focuses on two brothers, aged 11 and 12, growing up in an Australian circus. The story covers a few months, during which three significant accidents occur. However, in each case a miraculous power intervenes. That miraculous power...
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The Sunburnt Circus focuses on two brothers, aged 11 and 12, growing up in an Australian circus. The story covers a few months, during which three significant accidents occur. However, in each case a miraculous power intervenes. That miraculous power seems to be coming from the older brother, Simon.
During those same months, Simon is also having dreams and flashbacks of something that happened to him when he was very young. When he tries to talk to his parents about the dreams they appear disinterested, if not uncomfortable.
A third child, Olivia, is a part of the circus too. 14 year-old Olivia is an acrobat whose parents are the circus clowns. She is embarrassed by her parents' profession, and her relationship with them - especially with her father - is strained. Other members of the circus family (the rest of the crew), have their own stories woven around the main mysteries of the book.
While the reader attempts to guess what the fragmented dreams of Simon refer to, and what Simon's miraculous power really is, there are other puzzles and secrets to do with the motorcycle stunt riders, and others in the crew.
As more accidents happen, as the power intervenes, and as the fragmented dreams keep coming, the parents of the boys finally tell them the story of what happened when they were very young. All seems to be finally explained. But hold on to your hats: one more near fatal accident and a huge twist will change everything!
Since finishing high school in the 1970s, Jim has been an Ambulance Officer in NSW; a High School Teacher; and a Theology lecturer. From 2007 till 2012, Jim worked for Urban Neighbors of Hope (UNOH) based in Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong, overseeing their training programs. He currently works for ACCESS ministries as a regional support manager to school chaplains.
Jim is an avid writer. In Nov 2005, UNOH published his book 'The Eye of the Needle: Discipleship and Wealth'. In 2006, Acorn Press published his 'Women, Leadership and the Church'. And in 2009 UNOH Publications put out Jim's social justice commentary on the epistle of James: 'James: Peace Activist and Advocate for the Poor'. Jim's first novel is 'The Sunburnt Circus'.
Jim has a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in History, a Diploma in Education, and a Masters in Theology with Honors. Jim helped establish a multi-faith network of members of different faith communities in the city of Casey during 2006. That group is now up and running and Jim served as the first President of the Casey Multi-faith Network during 2007 and again more recently. Besides spending time with family (he has 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren), Jim also likes to go to the beach, go bush, get in a game of tenpin bowling, or watch a good movie.
In recent years he has been getting some journal articles accepted and published after peer review, including: 'Violent Language: a clue to the Historical Occasion of James' Evangelical Quarterly. Vol. LXXXV No. 3. July 2013; 'Could Philippians have been written from the Second Roman Imprisonment?' Evangelical Quarterly. Vol. LXXXIV. No. 3 July 2012. pp.213-233; and 'Galatians 3:28: liberating for women, or of limited application?' Expository Times. (123.6) pp. 272-277. March 2012.