My New Book — World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans

World War II: Legacies of Northeast Indiana Veterans, will be released soon!

World War II: Legacies of Northeast Indiana Veterans, will be released soon!

An author’s life is full of significant days. Whether we’re researching, writing, publishing or promoting our books, we are in some aspect of working with books.

After publishing 11 children’s books, I’m taking what some people might consider to be a 180-degree turn in writing.
For the past 3 years I’ve been interviewing World War II vets in my area. This year I decided to put some of those stories into a book.

That title, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, is due to be released in October! Here’s a look at the book’s cover.

It contains 28 stories of veterans living in Wells, Adams, Allen, Huntington and Whitley counties. I invite you to order a copy for a loved one for Veteran’s Day, birthdays, Christmas. The stories include personal accounts of experiences of crawling through the sand as a medic on D-Day while bullets whizzed overhead; flying over Holland during Operation Marketgarden with enemy bullet holes spewing fuel; sleeping in foxholes in freezing temps in Belgium during Battle of the Bulge; assembling a radar station in northern Africa.
Each story is the result of an interview with the vets, most of whom are still living. Each has provided permission for me to publish their stories which they have previewed.

This book should be of particular interest in 2015 as we recognize the 70th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and end of the war in summer!

Please contact me to order a copy of the book. I’ll post more information about ordering the book in future posts. I’ll also include excerpts from the book, speaking engagements, tidbits of info ab the war and other books I’d recommend reading about the war.
I hope you’ll share your thoughts about your family’s experiences with the war in the Comments section. I find each story is fascinating!

Make My Faithfulness Like a Double Shot of Espresso!

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And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping and said to Peter, “So you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)

If there had been coffee shops during Jesus Christ’s time, I’m convinced He would have taken one look at Peter’s, James’ and John’s sleepy faces at Gethsemane and said, “Hey, I need your support in the next several hours and you look like you could use some help holding your heads up. I’ll get you each a super-large caramel latte with two extra shots to go at the Bohemian Bean in Jerusalem! Let’s go!”

Unfortunately, the disciples had no legal artificial stimulant to keep them awake. As a result, they fell asleep three times, even after Jesus implored them to stay awake. Thus, they lost valuable time with their best friend during the most difficult night of His life.

My tendency is to ask, “How could they disappoint Jesus?” Then I ask myself, ‘How many times have I disappointed Jesus?’

No matter how many times I’ve disappointed Jesus, He’s given me second chances. We have a lot of lost time to make up for! Do you feel God has given you second chances? What can you do to show your love for Him?

Prayer: God, You are patient with me beyond measure. You know I’m weak and tired and don’t deserve Your patience or grace, but You extend them anyway. Give me wisdom to know when a circumstance needs my full attention for Your sake. Amen