One Smooth Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock

Winner of the 2006 Best New Canadian Christian Author Award


No matter how far you run, God will find you. No matter how bad you’ve been, God will forgive you. Alex Donnelly is running and trying to hide. He has picked a good place to do it – The Yukon – but he is pursued by friends, enemies, and most effectively, by God. Burning with the need to know about his parents, Alex returns to his birth-city, Seattle, where he discovers that his mother tried to abort him. The trauma sends him on the run again only to find out God has orchestrated a divine appointment for him back in the Yukon.

The story is filled with miraculous healing, struggles with rage and an obsession with revenge for a childhood abuser. This story illustrates that God never gives up on those whom He has chosen. God’s mercy and grace extend even to those who consider themselves unworthy, and even more, to those who are considered unworthy in the eyes of the world.


Marcia Lee Laycock is a popular speaker, a prolific free-lance writer and author of poetry, short stories and award–winning books. She is best known to Central Alberta readers for her column in, The Spur, which ran in local newspapers for over fifteen years and still appears both locally and provincially. Her first book, The Spur of the Moment, received the Award of Merit at the God Uses Ink conference in Guelph Ontario in 2003. Her second book, Focused Reflections, has been endorsed by notable Christian authors, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. Marcia’s writing has also been broadcast on CBC Radio.


“Marcia does something few authors accomplish. She makes me smile, nod my head, and furrow my brow. She makes me question, and long, and wonder. Plus she makes me glad I spent fifteen bucks!”
—Phil Callaway, speaker and author of Laughing Matters and Making Life Rich Without Any Money

“Laycock delivers an engaging and imaginative story so effectively that it’s difficult to believe the novel is her debut. I’m looking forward to more!”
—Sigmund Brouwer , author of The Fuse of Armageddon and The Unrandom Universe

“Marcia has written an engaging, compelling novel, involving an old mystery, an old crime and a promise of a new life. I enjoyed getting to know Alex, in struggling along with him and his past. One Smooth Stone is an excellent debut novel by a fine writer.”
—Linda Hall , author of The Dark Water and Black Ice


3 thoughts on “One Smooth Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock

  1. Page McManus says:

    Thank you, Jo, for the information.

    My prayers are with Kristi. I can not imagine what she is going through.

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