“Bev and Rick Zachary skillfully relate a striking series of sometimes-interlocking stories that chronicle the joys and tribulations of conversion, often conveyed from the perspective of a native. The authors’ prose is direct and succinct, and they express with impressive sensitivity and sympathy the experiences and worldviews of those they interview.” —Kirkus Reviews
"It is impossible to read these stories and walk away unchanged" —Pastor Greg Surratt
"A fascinating read" —Libby Ordeman
"These stories reconnected me with my first love" —Pastor Jonathan Wiggins
"Extremely well written" —Jim Cameron
"Profound stories" —Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong
"A refreshing, authentic and inspiring account" —Tamara Graff
"A vivid tapestry of real-life characters" —Hope Cantu
"Powerful and elegantly written" —Pastor Randy Craighead
"Beautifully written" —Cathy Ciaramitaro
"The short-story format is perfect" —Jenny Koselak
"A life-changing read" —Jamie McCain
"A masterpiece book"—Dr. Alex Abraham, Ludhiana, India
"A timely work, exceptionally thought out and soundly presented —Don Matheny, Nairobi, Kenya
This book has it all —Pastor Dishan DeSilva, Colombo, Sri Lanka
An excellent book for leaders who want to multiply —Pastor Werner Kniesel, Zurich, Switzerland
"Wow! Good stuff. Insightful, challenging and easy-to-read" —Pastor Tuck Yoong, Singapore
"This man knows what he is talking about. He has walked it" —Cami Almedia, Colombo, Sri Lanka
"Thanks Rick, you have taken me beyond the methods, mechanics and numbers into the core of real Kingdom success" —Gertjan Goldschmeding, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
"Powerful book! I had a hard time putting it down!" —Pastor Michael Fletcher, Manna Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina
"In the course of forty-seven years of ministry I have not read a more Biblical or more refreshing treatment of destiny in life than this work" —Pastor Jim Clark, INLC
"A gold mine of inspiring truths born out of practical experience! The body of Christ needs this book" —Pastor Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama
"I started reading at bedtime and could not stop until I had finished the last chapter. This book is a must for every serious believer" —Pastor Rod Aquillard, Reserve Christian Fellowship
"Rick's life is about destiny" —Pastor Larry Stockstill, Bethany World Prayer Center
¡Una obra magistral! – Dr. Alex Abraham, Ludhiana, India
Una obra oportuna, de lo más excepcional y lógicamente presentada. – Pastor Don Matheny, Nairobi, Kenya
Su libro lo tiene todo. – Pastor Dishan DeSilva, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Es un libro excelente para el uso de líderes que desean la multiplicación. – Pastor Werner Kniesel, Zurich, Switzerland
Este libro es una necesidad para todo líder. – Pastor Earnest Komanapalli, Hyderbad, India
¡UAU! Materia buena. Perspicaz, estimulante y fácil de leer. – Pastor Tuck Yoong, Singapore
Este hombre sabe lo que esta diciendo. ¡Lo ha aprendido por experiencia propia! Este libro es una necesidad para aquellos líderes que desean formar equipos eficaces. – Pastor Cami De Almeida, Australia
Gracias Rick. Me has llevado mas allá de los métodos, las mecánicas y los números hasta la medula del verdadero éxito del Reino. – Pastor Gertjan Goldschmeding, los Países Bajos
Los dones que posee Rick para fundar Iglesias apostólicas son sin precedente. Su estilo de vida y familia, ejemplares. Su paciencia y las estratagemas que usa para desarrollar líderes mundiales superiores han forjado un nuevo camino. – Larry Stockstill – Bethany World Prayer Center, USA
Mississippi Library Association 2015 Fiction Book of the Year
Book of the Year Finalist 2014 Foreword Reviews
Silver Medalist 2015 Independent Publishers Awards
Finalist 2015 Indie Excellence Book Awards
Finalist 2015 Kindle Book Awards
From award winning author Carey Richard comes his debut literary fiction--a compelling journey through the beautiful fields of the human heart. Kirkus Reviews describes it as, "A highly personal story that mines the psychology of betrayal and forgiveness . . ."
Afghanistan was a beautiful land until greed and ambition pillaged its fertile valleys. She was beautiful too. Betrayed and broken, she journeyed through forty years of nomadic longing as her picturesque village disintegrated along with her hope. Unlike her beloved land, she at last discovered her place of rest.
Though she remains unnamed, her Poppy Field Diary is a story for everyone who has ever loved. We dream, we hope, and we fall in love, only to hurt the thing we cherish most. But a few rare and beautiful relationships survive that lonely journey through the minefields of passion to discover intimacy, kindness, and forgiveness.
"I was wrong to dream. I was wrong about many things. But most of all, I was wrong about love." --The Poppy Field Diary
"It is absolutely a wonderful book!" --5 Stars, David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
" . . . his prose sings lyrically." --Kirkus Reviews
"Exquisitely written" . . . "Simply beautiful" . . . "I could not put it down" . . . "Compelling" . . . "Captivating . . . "Gripping and heartfelt" . . . "Stunningly moving and poetic" . . . "Best book I've read this year!" -- Amazon Reader Reviews
Why I wrote The Poppy Field Diary
Around 2010 I went through a sort of winter of life crisis when I was given a life-threatening diagnosis. It turned out to be not as serious as first thought but it rattled me. I felt I may have missed something important in my life. I was an English major in college and a bookworm as a kid. I loved fiction and always wanted to write but waited till I had something to say. Now that I had something to say I was running out of time! I began to write one night lying in bed, literally hacking out a first chapter of Poppy Field on an iPhone with no outline and no idea of where it was going. That late night foray became a three-year obsession.
Poppy Field is a story about affections: romance, companionship, family, culture, home—those things that are the source of our greatest joys and our deepest heartaches. It’s about the things that, in the end, matter most. Each of the novel’s forty chapters explores a relational or emotional theme.
I wrote Poppy Field as a story about the journey to forgiveness that everyone makes at some point in life. Since I did not want to alienate non-Christians, I wrote it under the pseudonym, Carey Richard (Carey is my middle name and Richard my first). Though it is not a Christian book, it is built on Christian values, and though it is fictional, it is thoroughly researched in regards to the emotional and psychological journey of forgiveness and reconciliation.
I’m going somewhere with this project. I’m writing a prequel that I hope will broaden my secular market, and I’ve outlined a sequel that will contain a more direct message about every man and woman’s search for God. If all goes according to plan, the prequel, The French Lieutenant, will release around 2020 and the sequel, Through Dancing Poppies, will release around 2024.