About the Knock

The Crocketts celebrate their youngest son’s Oklahoma State Championship title, inviting family and friends to their home. Dusty, who grew up playing soccer and has always been a good player, scores the winning goal. As a family who loves the sport, the Crocketts lament the absence of Travis, the eldest son. Travis himself is gifted at soccer, having beaten Dusty’s fifteen-member team one summer ago.

Travis is serving in Afghanistan, earning the respect of his peers and elders. His being absent only fuels the visitor’s curiosity about his life in Afghanistan. They all spend some time reminiscing about his childhood and how he was when he was growing up. The celebration goes well. To top it off, Travis’s wife reveals happy news about her ultrasound. It seems like nothing can ruin the day . . . until someone knocks on the door. Who could it be?

In this heart-wrenching tale, readers will discover one man’s extraordinary life and his impact on the lives around him. It will give them a glimpse into the sacrifices that military men make in the name of freedom.

About the Healing

The Healing, the most awaited sequel to The Knock, touches readers’ hearts once again.

This tale follows the Crocketts as they come to terms with the pain and grief of losing Travis. Deployed as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, Travis was killed in a helicopter crash. The book shows how his parents, brothers, friends, and widow deal with his death. Through commitment and faith, they weather the worst of the storm.

Can they finally find the healing they have been waiting for?

Book Reviews

The Knock

The Healing

Marc Hardage

About The Author

Marc Hardage lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife of forty years, Janet. They have three sons, Seth, Ty and Colt. They have two grandsons, Hudson and Ezra. Marc is a regional marketing director for 5Star Life Insurance Company and has been in the insurance business for over thirty years.

Excerpts

The Knock

The Knock

Nash was the unofficial, official recreational director for the team and never turn down the opportunity to have the team over for an ‘event’ as he liked to call them. Everyone liked to attend an event at the Crockett home because everyone always felt so welcome there. The attitude there was “Our home is your home so make yourself at home,” and everyone did.

By now the majority of parents and players and everyone else had moved the party out to the back deck and pool. There were couple of ladies in the kitchen helping Cali straighten things up a bit. This was by far the best Stallion event that had ever been held and it was obvious to everyone that it was going to last a while.

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The Knock

The Healing

Turning down the street, Chaplain Willingham didn’t feel as much as the anxiety he was fearful would come with the first trip back to the Crockett’s home since his last visit. The circumstances today, were, of course, quite different. Nevertheless, he’s been dreading the trip but with guarded anticipation at the same time. Today, there were no cars on the street and no gigantic banner celebrating a state championship hanging above the garage. Oddly, it was more or less a carbon copy of the same, calm day that it had been a year ago as far as the weather was concerned; but today there would be no bad news. Today, he hoped, would be decidedly better.

Clay took the Main Street exit off the interstate and began to follow his GPS instructions toward the Crockett house. Just as he started west down Main Street, the introduction to Sweet Home Alabama began to play. He had heard the guitar ‘riff’ a million times. . . . Clay just listened quietly as the song played. Then the lyric about ‘carry me home to see my kin’ played and he realized just how close he was to actually seeing Travis ‘kin’ again. He just shook his head at the irony of it all.

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