It’s not everyday that someone I know publishes a book although I must admit, being a writer myself and having many friends and colleagues who are professional writers, I do know several published authors. Lately, a few of those I know have new works out there so thought I’d call your attention to some of them.
First off, I must congratulate my own brother, Richard, for his first published book. He’s been working on it off and on for the past three years and finally completed it earlier this summer. It’s just now available. Richard is an ordained minister and Biblical scholar who has served as a college campus minister, taught college and seminary classes in addition to having been a full-time church pastor. He currently lives in my hometown where he and his wife, Nola are of infinite help to my parents and where he works on his books.
His book: “Finding God in the Seasons of Divorce” is published by WestBow Press and is a daily devotional for individuals working through the emotions and difficulties of divorce. This first volume, Autumn and Winter, deals with the early days of divorce, when so much of life is falling apart, becoming so difficult and uncertain. As Richard says: “The book helps readers learn how to cope and to see that they are not alone, that God does care, and that the struggles have been faced by others as well.”
The idea for the book came after his 1998 divorce, when opportunities for his ministering to divorcing individuals opened. His has a keen awareness of the devastating impact divorce has on couples, children, and extended family . His own struggles and experiences in ministry bring personal impact to these pages.
At a recent regional gathering of churches of his denomination, one minister who purchased a copy told Richard that he intends to use it as a discussion guide for his local ministers’ group, simply to help them understand better what parishioners getting divorced are experiencing, and how to better address their needs.
If you, or someone you know, is divorced or in the process of divorcing, consider having a look at Richard’s book. He also now has a blog that you
can follow with additional insights and words of encouragement for those experiencing this very emotional time.You can find the book on-line at: http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000593738/Finding-God-in-the-Seasons-of-Divorce.aspx or follow Richard on his blog at: http://findinggodintheseasonsofdivorce.blogspot.com/2012/10/concerned-and-caring.html. He’s also created a Facebook page for the book under its title.
I’m very proud of his accomplishment!
I’ll be featuring yet another new work written by colleague and client Nancy Keene, in an upcoming blog post so please, keep following!