Cutting Edge is chapter 12 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both books, written by Jerry Slauter are historical fiction and set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.
In Cutting Edge the characters have come to a turning point. It appears some will have to move on to another place and assume other responsibilities, while others are contemplating staying put. Stewart reads Hebrews 4:12 and wonders if he is being honest with himself and others in his feelings and disclosure of those feelings.
An excerpt is as follows:
Michael, who was feeling philosophical said, “Although people resist life’s changes, life is linear and dynamic. It goes on with or without us. Change occurs voluntarily and transformation occurs as events that are beyond our control. The events we think we can manipulate, we try. The events that are beyond our control are like unseen forces that arrange and change our situation. Sometimes, it’s like a huge knife in the hand of God that cuts and separates relationships and conditions. He rarely lets us settle into comfort and complacency.”
Turning toward Whitney and smiling, he added, “Or fuses people together. May we all be together!”
Jerry Slauter is a retired school teacher who loves to spend time with his children, grandchildren, travel and work in his wood, metal and leather shops. Writing also aligns well with his hobby of reading and researching.