I’m proud of my sweet hubby

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Fallen Stars by Dave ElkinsI’m so very proud of my sweet hubby, I just had to brag about his amazing achievement! He has always enjoyed making up and telling fantasy stories to our two girls as they grew up. Several years ago, he felt inspired to write a fantasy adventure story based on the Bible verse, 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Do you not know that we will judge angels?” So, in his spare time, between working a full-time job driving a school bus and pastoring a growing church, my husband used his abundant imagination to create a fictional scenario where twelve people must unravel the history of the fallen angels. During the court hearings, these judges must discover what is truth and what are the elaborate lies which caused a third of the angels to rebel against their Father’s throne.

Since we were unsuccessful finding a traditional publisher for his book, last April we released “Fallen Stars” in Kindle format on Amazon. Last month we used CreateSpace to publish it through their print-on-demand service, so now “Fallen Stars” is available in paperback through Amazon as well.

Using CreateSpace was a very easy process, and I can see where quilters could easily publish reasonably priced, print-on-demand books for other quilters. The extra bonus is that it cost nothing to set up. You just have to follow their setup guidelines so it is ready to print whenever someone wants a copy. Of course, you don’t have the exposure that you would get through traditional publishers, but it might be an option to consider. Just a thought for you aspiring authors!

Actually writing a book (and not just talking about it) is impressive enough, but it is doubly impressive when you know that Dave has severe dyslexia, and when he graduated from high school, he was functionally illiterate. That poses a problem when you feel like God is calling you to be a pastor. With God’s grace, after we got married, he learned ways to compensate and now reads, even out loud, with very few problems. Congratulations, Dave!

7 Responses

  1. BJ

    Congratulations to your DH, Maria, and what an encouragement and example he is to others of how to overcome a challenge and do the work that God has called him to do.

  2. Belinda

    I was just thinking about that verse this week. Sounds like a fun book. Tell Dave congratulations! Belinda

  3. Ann Wiseman

    Did you do the cover art? I looks like your style. : ) And thanks for the publishing/printing info!!

    • Maria

      Yes, Ann. Our son-in-law posed for me and I drew it with a black gel pen, and then digitally colored in in PhotoShop Elements.

  4. Donna Becker

    God opens a way where there seems to be no way. Amazing and wonderful!

  5. Belinda

    My copy came today, but several friends want to borrow it first as they know I am “too busy” to sit down and read it right away. I think I can find the time!