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"The Keystone Kid is for all the misfits, mavericks, and rogues who think God wrote them off a long time ago.

~ Mary Diane Goin, Author, National Radio, Television Host

   I can clearly see God using this story to heal many from the bondage of "false guilt," they have suffered all their lives, even into adulthood.  Mike is one of my dearest and truest friends for decades, (we traveled and worked together for many years). I have no question of the integrity of his work.

    As you read "The Keystone Kid," you will find it hard to put down. The ultimate grace of God could show up in the next chapter, and surely it does!

~ Rob Cassels, Christian Music Pioneer

    “For those who have never lived with abuse and don't want to hear or read about it, The Keystone Kid offers a unique opportunity to address those fears and move beyond them. Seeing God's hand in the author's life reinforces faith in a passionate, loving God rather than points the finger at an uncaring deity who allows evil to exist. 

    It also stretches the breadth and depth of compassion for any Christian who would rather look the other way.  The Keystone Kid safely and realistically portrays the life of a victim/abuser in a way that builds bridges, and answers the question of why Christ went to such great lengths to rescue the crushed in spirit."

~ Melinda Ledman, Senior Writer, Editor, Hollywood Jesus

The Keystone Kid is the kind of book that offers perspective to our everyday lives and reminds us to tell those that we love, exactly that. The author, Mike Furches, vividly brings this story to life!

~ Jack Yatsko, MSW LSW


Rev. Dr. Don Davis, World Impact, Director of the Urban Ministry Institute

"The Keystone Kid is a gripping portrayal, a truly extraordinary work, and to me one of the most transparent, gritty, and gripping stories regarding abuse, neglect, and fractured relationships I have read.  It pulls no punches in describing hurtful, horrible events without flourish or sugar-coating.  This level of honesty and transparency will make it a must read for those who, like the Keystone Kid, has experienced varieties of sexual and substance abuse, occultism and violence, parental neglect, and ongoing social chaos but with a remarkable turn. 

In my mind the Keystone Kid is not a never-ending script of horror and abuse, but a real hopeful tale of how the grace of God can in fact penetrate and transform even the most difficult and abusive situation.  On the one hand, there is no logic at all that can suggest that such a story should not have ended in tragedy and death, suicide or worse, with nothing redemptive or helpful to be said from perennial neglect and abuse.  Yet, this is the twist and the hope of the Keystone Kid; it reveals through the rescue and impact in the life of Anthony that the grace of God is able to keep and save, to heal and provide, and to direct and finally to transform.  This grace is embodied in his story, and it is real.  Thank God, it is available to all who need the healing that only God through his Son can provide.

Unfortunately, all too often, God's ability to touch and transform the broken and abused is seen in stylized, even hokey ways, as if Christianity is nothing more than a topping off kind of religion for people who are already good, and who needed enough of God to make their calm and tepid lives just a little more respectable.  One would think that Christianity is for those already disciplined and moral, merely a kind of decency faith for those already good enough and healed enough for respectableness.  Counter to this idea, the Keystone Kid reveals truly how fierce, persistent, and yet tender the grace of Jesus is.  This story demonstrates how the grace of Christ can draw even the most unloved, mistreated, and genuinely desperate heart--one in the tragic state of Anthony's--to himself, giving him the courage to face all the horrible abuses of the past, and yet, by God's tenacious power, to face them and overcome them.  It has been said that the grace of God functions like water: it goes to the lowest point first, and then rises from that place.  The Keystone Kid reveals just how radical and redemptive this gracious work of Christ is, and what God can do in the heart of one who, by anyone's external standards, had little or no chance but to become a forgotten statistic, an abused child who would grow up to be an abuser or something worse.  This is a testament to the Good News that the Kingdom offers, and should be read by everyone who needs to hear how Jesus can truly transform and shine his light into the very darkest corners of our most horrible circumstances.'   

The Keystone Kid Needs You!

    That’s right we need you to help make the story of The Keystone Kid a success. There are many ways you can do that, and we want to reward you for helping us. Some may ask, ‘How can we help?’ The answer is quite simple. Help spread the word. Do you realize that if each person receiving this email notifies their friends, family and acquaintances, and gets them to buy the book, we can get national recognition? One may ask, ‘How do we do that?’ Again, the answer is simple.

    Word of mouth is the number one ingredient in the sale of books. Talking about this book, emailing everyone on your list with a bulk email, is a great way to get started, of course, you have to agree to do that, and believe in what you are talking about. Do you think it is important to understand those who have been abused? Is it important for them to have hope? Does the possibility of each of us overcoming the obstacles we face in life seem of value? Is it important that each of us realize we can individually make a difference in someone’s life? If the answers to those questions are yes, then you are at a great place to start helping.

    It is as simple as telling your friends, posting posts about the book and web site on your social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and others. It is a matter of posting messages on message boards you frequent, whatever and wherever you are, you can spread the word quickly and easily in today’s world filled with electronic media. In fact, if each person looking at this were to contact and send out a bulk email to their friends, post on their social networking sites, and then get those individuals to get on board and do the same, you could be a part of something special. You could be a part of making The Keystone Kid a National Best Seller. If 250 people, (thousands will see this) tell everyone they know through the above methods, market research shows it could result in sales exceeding 62,500 which is enough to get a book on the New York Times Best Seller List. There are actually weeks where 5,000 book sales will get you listed on the National Bestseller List. We could see a grass roots movement that helps literally hundreds of thousands. Some may ask, ‘what do I say?’ Again, not only is the answer simple, but I am going to provide a formula for you.

    For Twitter, Myspace status, simply post: Before Precious, there was The Keystone Kid. This is an important story; I encourage you to get the book. www.thekeystonekid.com

    For a Facebook Status: Before Precious there was The Keystone Kid. The Keystone Kid is about a real person and is very inspirational. This story can help people who are lonely, need help, been abused, and need hope. It is about a lot more than that though, it has received rave reviews, check it out and see why. After you have posted the above comment, go back and under the comment section of the post, post the following. You can find out more about The Keystone Kid book and movie by visiting the following web site ~ www.thekeystonekid.com


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    Through your help, you will help many who need to hear this story, either for the inspiration and hope it provides, or the potential of helping people cope with their own pasts and difficulties. Your help will bring attention to the story, help raise funds for the production of the feature movie, get interviews on local and national television and radio and more. For every 250 people you contact, you will receive special credit on the short and movie credits. That’s right; you can have the opportunity to see your name on the short, and movie. I will also provide each person, who personally contacts 250 people and verifies it with me, (you can do this via email and attaching me to the email, via bulk email via CC.) a free t-shirt which is also available for sale and a part of a special package to be made available at the web site.

    I wish I could promise more, but this is the best I can do at this point. I have personally invested $15,000 into this project, it is everything I have, but I believe it will be worth it. Now we have also developed a way for you to make money from the book, t-shirt, and movie. For those who have concessions available from concerts, speaking engagements and so forth, when ordering a minimum of 5 books or t-shirts, I will give you the items at 25% above my wholesale price. That means that you will be able to sell the items and get 75% of the profit from the items. Why I would do this? There is again, a simple answer; increased sales, even at a smaller profit means a larger profit for me due to increased sales. The DVD will also be available in this offer but for 50% above the wholesale price.

    What that means, if the retail price of the item, say a t-shirt is $20, and I pay a retail price of $5 for the item, you pay $10 for the shirt, sell it for $20, and keep $10 profit for yourself. As items arrive and final retail costs are available, (established in the case of the book and DVD by the publisher) then more information will be made available. For those who helped with the book via reviews and so forth, there will be an additional 5% knocked off of the price. These items will make for some great revenue, and your contribution in print will be something you can sell with your own signature for a decent profit.

    Hopefully you come on board for this viral marketing campaign. I am honored that you would consider supporting a project like this that is going to do so much good.