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Local Christian author releases new book

By Josh McDonald

Staff Reporter / October 29, 2021

Fans of Christian fiction are going to love the newest title from Silver Valley author Sharlene Leker.

Her new book The War Within examines that fundamental question that all people of faith ask themselves: Is there really a God?


Leker's story of a blue collar farm boy and his trivial road to becoming a pastor is based upon some of her personal accounts and history - which makes the book an even more intimate read.

"My brother and I had a close relationship and in 2011, at the age of 63, he suddenly passed away. In his early years, he had felt a calling to become a preacher, but a chain of events changed the direction of his life's path." Leker told the News-Press. "He blamed God for his fate, but at the same time, in the back of his mind, he still remembered his faith. Throughout the years following his death memories flooded my mind of our years growing up together and I knew I could no longer disregard the prompt I felt to write his story. Finally, in 2018, I set out to write a fictionalized story about the internal struggle so many of us experience between 'good vs. evil' and the choices we make that affect our lives. That is why I titled the book, 'The War Within.'"

"The War Within" was published by Covenant Books and can be purchased at bookstores everywhere, or online in the iTunes Store, Amazon, or Barnes and Nobel.





Author Sharlene Leker's New Book, 'The War Within' is a Gripping Tale of a Young Man Chasing His Calling and Battling the Pitfalls of Life That Leave Him Questioning His Path


Recent release "The War Within" from Covenant Books author Sharlene Leker is a compelling tale of a young man called to serve in the Vietnam war as he fights for his passion of becoming a preacher. When the pitfalls of life derail his path, he is left questioning if there even is a God.

OSBURN, Idaho, November 2, 2021 ( - Sharlene Leker, a talented author has completed her new book, "The War Within":  a compelling tale of a young man fighting to answer his calling.

Leker shares, "The Vietnam War is raging. Rick has fulfilled his obligation to his country by registering with Selective Services. But the last thing he wants is to be called up by Uncle Sam, at least not now.

Rick could hardly wait to graduate high school and leave his hometown of Tranquillity. He hated spending his summers chopping cotton. The dry ground, blistering heat, and calloused hands were a stark reminder of why he didn't want to spend his life working the fields. His father had chosen that life, but Rick knew it wasn't for him. After all, he had a higher calling. He is going to be a preacher.

Rick's first year of Bible college is a dream come true. Not only does he cherish the opportunity to study for the ministry, but he also has just met Anna.

His future was falling into place until an unforeseen chain of events leads him down a forbidden path…"

Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Sharlene Leker's new book is a gripping read displaying the pitfalls of life that leave one questioning the presence of God.

Readers can purchase "The War Within" at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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