Losing his religion… if he’d had any to begin with.

Jacob Will was never big on religion, not that he wasn’t exposed to it. At some point, it didn’t “take.” Maybe it was the glut of televangelists on TV that turned him off. So going into a church for his best friend’s funeral was not high on his list, bucket or otherwise.

And a conversation with the minister afterwards was completely unexpected. What made it more so was the life-altering effect it was to have on him.

Had he given it any thought, the lyrics from an R.E.M. song, Losing My Religion might have resonated with him.

A friend’s influence can last forever.

Say “no” to the map or where the hell do you go when you don’t know where you’re going in the first place?

And where do you go when you’ve been instructed not to use any maps, GPS, and if you’re inclined to make a right turn, go left instead?

That’s the conundrum facing Jacob Will as he embarks on a life-changing journey. In one sense, he’s been held back from the school of hard knocks his entire life. But now, school is open and his graduation is in doubt.