Terry Barnes

author, award winning novelist, adjunct professor of religion



As the Leaves Kiss the Stream

a novella

… a story about a father and his seventeen-year-old daughter. He is a missionary; she is a problem.

Together they go camping and fly fishing in the Ozarks. Together they clash and argue.

Then one cold, October morning as they fly fished beside the pure water of the stream, together they learned something about grace.

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A father takes his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter on an autumn fly fishing trip to the Ozarks with the hope of restoring her back to the family. Yet that hope appeared impossible amid their deep conflict and strife.

But as they camped and fished, the Ozarks began to speak to their hearts, and on one cool October morning as they fly fished beside the cold waters of the pure stream, everything forever changed.

For the tears of a father … are as the tears of God … that fall silently and caress the one beloved, much as the autumn leaves that gently fall and kiss the stream.


As the Leaves Kiss the


© 2017 by Terry Barnes