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My journey to publication

On September 26, 2022, I signed a contract with Elk Lake Publishing, a traditional publisher, to publish my debut novel, True Status. It should be available in spring 2023. I’m grateful to God to have reached this point. I hope my journey will encourage you on yours.   My efforts began in January 2018 after Jillian, our youngest, enrolled in a creative writing course. Jillian’s comments about the class were intriguing enough for me to…

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Frankie was a thief – Part 2

If you didn’t read “Frankie was a thief – Part 1”, stop, go and read Part 1 first. It is the previous post. Frankie was a thief – Part 2 (One year later.) You receive an e-mail from Joe Aniskusko. Joe is an elder at a congregation in Schenectady, NY. You and Joe once worked together and became really close friends. In fact, Joe is the one who led you to Christ. Over the years…

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Frankie was a thief – Part 1

If you’re a Bible teacher, you may want to develop problems and scenarios that help your students understand spiritual concepts or identify with biblical situations. I wrote this fictional story several years ago to introduce a young-adult class to a certain book of the Bible. It’s written in the second person point of view so you, the reader, are a character in the story. Following the story are some discussion questions I used with my…

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Dreams of Life and Death

I read a passage from the Old Testament and it made think about the different understanding God’s people had about life after death in the Old Testament versus the New Testament. Below is a fictional story inspired by an Old Testament scripture. Try to determine which Old Testament event inspired this story. Think about the differences and similarities in both life and life after death presented by each of the dreams. First Dream The night…

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Unresolved anger kills

Conflict is one thing most of us hate. In fact, there are some people we would rather kill than have an open conflict with them. Isn’t that an extreme statement? Sadly, I think it is a true statement. We may not kill them physically, but we assassinate them in our heart and with our words to other people. William Blake, an 18th century English poet, wrote a poem that beautifully captures the process of unresolved…

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The Jeremy Blinker Story

Below is a fictional story that was inspired by a chapter in the Bible. Stories can be a great tool for Bible teachers to use to engage their students in active learning. Before you get to the end of the story, see if you can guess what Biblical event inspired this story The Jeremy Blinker Story Jeremy Blinker eased into his favorite chair to get ready to watch the game. Jeremy looked around his family…

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Bible. Teaching. Stories.

I was excited to complete my first novel, True Status, but then I was disappointed to learn that many literary agents only consider authors who have a strong social media presence. For years, I have had personal Facebook and Linkedin pages, but I rarely posted anything. However, after thinking more about it, I began liking the idea of having a blog and trying to reach out to people online. I believe the best way to…

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