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Located in: Boise, ID 83703
Submitted: November 30, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in 1944 in Illinois. My family moved a lot and eventually settled in Boise, Idaho. I graduated from Boise State University in 1968 ( then Boise College) with a degree in Advertising Design. Renée and I were married in 1965. I have two daughters, Jamie and Jessica and a son Jon and three grandsons, all living in Idaho. I did not grow up in a Christian home, although there were some brief influences from my grandfather. He taught me how to say my prayers at night as a child and I am sure he prayed for me. I became a Christian at the age of 20 and have grow steadily. The birth and life of my youngest daughter Jessica has been a test of my faith as well as a blessing and enrichment in my life and the lives of my family members. Writing this book has been an incredible experience and another uplifting experience in what I like to call "Jessica-land."
What was your motivation behind this project? My only motivation in writing this book was to try to help others. I wrote the book through a lot of tears. But I kept going in the hope that if just one person was blessed and encouraged and helped... it would be worth it! Although this book is about a parents worst nightmare, it is not a tragic story. It is a story of hope and faith and love... real love... unselfish love, whose source is God... because only God can turn a tragedy into a blessing. Jessica means 'blessed one' and she has been that to us... and now to many, many others as well. And yes, my hope has been fulfilled... again and again!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? It is my sincere belief that anyone who reads this book will be encouraged to trust God in their tragedies and triumphs. My family is experiencing that daily as are many others who have read "Growing Up with Jessica" and have been uplifted and blessed by it.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? In addition to God and the Bible, some of my great influences are Dr. James Dobson and his many books and programs and the works of Josh McDowell, the inspirational Christian author and speaker.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Josh McDowell the world renown Christian author and speaker who also contributes the foreword to "Growing Up with Jessica," has this to say about the book, "Whether you are a believer or not, young or old, parent or not, I encourage you to read this book because it will touch you, minister to you and my hope is that you will conclude, as I did, that you will become a better person and parent as the result of reading Growing Up with Jessica." The book also contains lots of pictures and a very informative appendix with references.