Former cultist turned Christian, Charles began his journey in darkness, but the light met him where he was and lit his way to freedom. All along the way, in the backdrop of his story- poetry and literature has flowed freely from his fingertips, bearing witness of his transition from darkness to light. Sharing his story with the masses, he finds joy leading others toward the light of hope that he has found. He published his first book of poetry, ‘Darkness Before the Dawn’ in 2012, and his first novel, ‘From Darkness to Light: A Sinner’s Memoir’ in 2018. Currently, he lives in Lykens, Pennsylvania, writing a series of books that continue his journey; a second poetry book, another novel and a Christian devotional.
Darkness before the Dawn is a book of poetry inspired by the life of the author, Charles Gates Jr. Each poem, quote/saying and short story has been written from a chapter in the author’s life. Similar to a diary, “Darkness before the Dawn,” speaks of a magnificent tale of Sorrow, Loss, Depression and Love, all of which Charles had to endure during his fight for something greater in life. But before you can see a rising sun, you must first make it through the dark of the night.
I never chose the life that I led, nor have I sought after it. I never asked to be chosen, but at a young age, the Society came for me, trained me in the ways of my ancestors and gave me a new name. My identity became the one they made for me. Some claimed that I was a Shaman Priest in the order of my great-grandfather, but others speculated I was a warrior like in the legends of old. They claimed it was written in my name, and that there was power running through my veins.
What they didn’t tell me is that in the beginning, I was predestined. Before the foundations of the world were laid, I was set apart. When I was in the womb, I was anointed and when I was born, prophesied over. What has been known since the beginning was concealed from my sight until the appointed time. Babylon had her plans for me, but the plans of the Most High God prevailed!
My name is Charles Gates Jr, and I am a former cultist, born again believer in Jesus Christ, and an anointed vessel of the Most High God. The journey of my faith is the ongoing testimony of how the Lord reached his hand into the furthest corners of darkness to pull me out of Satan’s grip. There is a supernatural force behind the scenes in a veiled reality that only a few can see; where angels and demons rage war for the souls of mankind. In my novel I unveil the unseen reality, causing my readers to see the world through the eyes of a Seer, a Prophet capable of seeing into the unseen realm.
Join me in the story of a lifetime that will leave you clinging to the edge of your seat, shattering the reality you once knew.