We at Chrism Press are pleased to announce our latest acquisition: Shooting at Heaven’s Gate by Kaye Park Hinckley.


When Malcolm J. Hawkins, the head of psychology at Bethel College in Alabama, feels his position and his credibility threatened by up-and-coming English professor Ginnie Gillan, he decides to use her husband Edmund’s gullibility against her. Feeding Edmund a steady diet of drugs and manipulation, Mal lights the fuse of the greatest tragedy Bethel has ever known.

Eighteen-year-old Alma Broussard, her quirky mother Moline, and her feisty Aunt Pauline run a chicken farm in Bethel. Their lives seem wholly separate from the feuds of academia—but dark secrets lurk in Moline’s past that will bring the people she loves straight into the path of a murderous madman.

In the wake of death and destruction, the town that used to be called Heaven’s Gate will find no easy answers, but there may still be hope for redemption. Shooting at Heaven’s Gate is a “Theology of the Cross” novel in which genuine goodness, bona fide evil, and suffering truly live side by side.


Kaye Park Hinckley is a native of Dothan, Alabama. Writing awards include the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2019 Independent Press Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2019 NYC Big Book Award Winner in Religion Fiction, the 2020 Big Book Award, Distinguished Favorite in Religion Fiction; Poets & Writers Magazine Maureen Egen Award, First Runner-Up; Finalist in New Orleans’ William Faulkner/Words of Wisdom Competition, and others. Shooting at Heaven’s Gate is her tenth novel.

A Fine Arts graduate of Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, she studied creative writing at the University of Alabama. After twenty years managing her own advertising agency, she began to write fiction full-time. She is married to George Hinckley, the mother of five children, and the grandmother of thirteen. 

Books of Fiction by Kaye Park Hinckley:

A Hunger in the Heart
Birds of a Feather: Short Story Collection
The Wind That Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman
The Distance Between High and Low
Bridge-Man Burning: The Sins of a Southern Man
Mary’s Mountain
She Who Sees Beyond
The Ghosts of Faithful
Shooting at Heaven’s Gate