Tour and Giveaway for The Thin Space by Dann Stouten

the thin space

About the Book

Book: The Thin Space

Author: Dann Stouten

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Release date: May 28, 2021


When Psychologist Rocky Devos lost his wife to cancer, he also lost his faith in the fairness of God. For over a year, he lived in the thin space between his love for God and his hatred for what he believed God did. Each night, he banged on heaven’s gate demanding an explanation.

“Why Rachel, Lord? Why would you let her suffer like that? Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you give us a miracle?”

The longer his prayers went unanswered the more frustrated he became. Eventually, he meets God’s silence with a silence of his own. But then, a year and four months later, the answer arrives disguised as a homeless vagabond who claims to be the apostle Paul. Clearly, Rocky believes he was delusional. But in their court-appointed sessions, he finds a kindred spirit. As Paul unpacks the pain of losing his wife in childbirth the two men connect. Rocky believes he’s there to help Paul. Paul believes the opposite.

The book explores the thin space between faith and doubt. Rocky’s questions are our questions. At some point we will all lose someone we love. When we do, we will find comfort in the company of those who have walked the path of suffering before us. Rocky invites us to join him on his journey of redemption. His conversations with Paul will not only change the way he thinks about God, they may do the same for you as well.

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Now join me as I read this interesting interview from thr author

Why fiction instead of nonfiction?I’ve done a little of both. I wrote part of a commentary series for Baker Publishing entitled, Teach the Text, and I write sermons every week. The thing I like about fiction is that it allows me to talk about God, the bible, and eternity with people who might not ever darken the door of a church. 

9.] How much of your personality goes into your stories? In my first novel, The Gate, the main character Sky, was loosely based on my life and my family so there was a lot of my personality in it. In The Thin Space, the main character Rocky is trying to juggle his career, his faith, and his desire to be a great father to his daughter and there’s a lot of me in that too. I also put some of myself into a minor character named Jacob Lankheet.14.] If a film were made of your book, who would you cast in the leading roles? I think that I’d cast Ben Afleck, Ryan Reynolds, or Matt Damon, as Rocky. Paul’s a little harder. My first thought is Tom Hanks would be great if he could master the middle eastern accent. Other choices might be Oded Fehr (from the Mummy), or Jonathan Roumie (Jesus in the Chosen).

25.] If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear?I want to hear that it moved you emotionally, made you think more deeply about God, and inspired you to give the book to a friend who’s struggling with death or doubt or both. My prayer as I wrote The Thin Space was that the book would bring people comfort and bring people closer to God.29.] What would the main character in your book say about you? I’m sure initially he’d be skeptical of anything I might say or do because I’m a pastor. But I would hope that after he got to know me, he’d say that I was a straight shooter, someone with integrity, and that what I said and did was a reflection of what I believed deep in my bones.

About the Author


DANN STOUTEN (DMin, Western Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Leadership and Teaching at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. Dann has always been a lover of stories. He believes if we write about hope, it’s because we have found hope. If we write about tragedy, it’s because we have experienced tragedy. If we write about love, it’s because we have been loved well or want to be. If we write about faith, it’s because we have wrestled with our doubts and come out on the other side. Doubt is the enemy of faith and nothing stirs up doubt like death.

When we lose someone we love, our faith is either strengthened or strangled. That death will drive us closer to God or drive us farther away. We find ourselves in The Thin Space between wanting to believe and wondering if we do. For a time, faith and doubt play tug-o-war with our souls. In the end, whether we chose to believe or not is often decided by the stories we’re told. My prayer is that my words might bring people comfort and bring them closer to God.

More from Dann

There is a thin space between faith and doubt, and when we lose someone we love, the lines can sometimes get blurred. Unanswered prayers hang heavy on our hearts, and grief can even cause us to question God. In those moments of uncertainty, we often find comfort in the company of those who’ve walked the path of suffering before us. Their story and our stories intertwine. The Thin Space invites us to walk alongside of Rocky DeVos as he tries to navigate life’s most challenging moments. It is honest, comforting, and dares ask the questions we so often are afraid to explore. It will challenge the way you think about God and is a must read for anyone who’s lost someone they love.

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To celebrate his tour, Dann is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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