NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Ridge by Steve Atkins

The Book Patch
$12.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-946982704
April, 2017
Fiction: Christian
Available from the publisher

Dan ran out and opened the car door for Trudy. He tried to act excited, hoping that would ease the blow. “Hey, honey. Welcome to our new home!”

Trudy was looking at the run-down cottage as she got out of the car. “Uh, yeah… Are you sure we are at the right place? Is this where we are supposed to live?”

“Well, sure, honey. It’s right beside the church. I know it doesn’t look like much, but we can fix it up.”


The Ridge is the first book in the Pastor Dan Series that chronicles the life of Dan Roberts and his wife, Trudy, beginning with his first pastorate shortly after he finishes Bible college.

Dan and Trudy move to a beautiful ridge in West Virginia where he assumes the pastorate of his home church where he grew up. Clearview Community Chapel is a struggling country church where Dan faces various challenges and some contentious people. Over the course of his seven years there, he grows to love all of them in spite of any differences. At the end of his tenure at Clearview, Dan feels called to a church in Mississippi which will be in book two, The Gulf.

Steve Atkins grew up as a farm boy on a ridge in West Virginia. He now resides in Eastern North Carolina where he and his wife, Rennie, own a real estate business with their son Stephen. Steve and Rennie have two adult children and nine grandchildren.

The author entered the ministry in 1984, and studied at Luther Rice Seminary, Carolina Bible Institute, and Master's International University of Divinity. Over the course of the next several years, Steve served as pastor or interim pastor at several churches.

In 1987, Steve launched a sign industry magazine, Sign Builder Illustrated. Eight years later, he sold it to a major publisher, and it is now in its 30th year and has worldwide distribution.

Steve has written many articles for Sign magazines, Christian magazines, and other publications. In 2013, he released his first novel, Dream Point, which is available at The Book Patch publishing.

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