Rochester author releases riveting new Christian fantasy novel

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Soul Keeper,” a gripping new novel by author Jamell Ponder.

“Soul Keeper” presents readers with an emotional roller coaster as evil comes to harm the young child, Aleah, and Death stakes its claim on her life. However, Death has Shay to contend with. Shay epitomized the term “soul keeper.” His spiritual connection to Aleah is unfathomable, and leads him to fight for her soul beyond the realistic realm of possibility. Shay would not accept the death of his goddaughter, but rather would fight Death for the preservation of her life.

“Soul Keeper” is a story that depicts the power of love and the influence of prayer to enact change. It is a riveting read about compassion, pain, prayer, evil and the will to fight for life when death comes for your soul.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Ponder is a native of Rochester, New York, and has an inherent passion for influencing the lives of others. Obtaining his master’s degree in social work provided him a greater avenue to help others. He draws from personal experiences, which gives his writing deeper meaning. For many years, Ponder has wanted to write a book, then one day in 2012, he put pen to pad, fingers to keyboard and created his autobiographical novel, “Your Worst for the Best of Me.” He went on to write and publish several other novels, “When Evil Surged,” “The Crossover That Won the Game,” “Soul Keeper” and “Bentley’s Revenge.” From his humble beginnings of writing poetry, he now composes novels and has not looked back. To date, he has written a plethora of books — from romance to mystery and thriller to drama, memoir and children’s books. Ponder enjoys spending his leisure time volunteering, spending time with loved ones, writing, and playing drums and basketball.

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