Heavens to Louie
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Louie is really good at dreaming up bad ideas.
You know the type: the person you think really needs God's help, but you don't know what to do with him when he shows up at church. When Louie accidentally sabotages a Christmas pageant, he decides he needs to shape up. But every effort only creates more chaos. Is it possible for a guy like Louie to change?
Stop by Floyd's Fountain for bad coffee and worse food. Stay long enough to meet Louie, Bob, Miss Phelps, Percy the Motorcycle Bum, and the others. And discover why there's a place even for the Louies of the world.
DON BEMIS set out to be a city planner but has worked in engineering nearly all of his adult life. “Heavens to Louie originated as a crazy dream around Thanksgiving 2005,” Don says. “I was in an angel costume, swinging from a rope during a Christmas pageant, and got wrapped around a tree. The next day I wrote Chapter 1 as a short story.”
Author: Don Bemis
Located in: South Haven, MI 49090
Submitted: October 11, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a native of New Mexico but have lived thirty years in Michigan. This is my fortieth year as a believing Christian. I do engineering for money and writing for fun but am willing to earn money from writing too. I also am an amateur clarinetist and woodworker, and serve on the church board and City Council. My wife Lois and I have five adult children and two grandchildren.
What was your motivation behind this project? It started as a dream. Literally. I had a dream about being an angel in a Christmas pageant, swinging from a rope and getting wrapped around a tree. The next day I wrote a short story about it and read it to my family. Lois said, "Now you have to turn it into a book." She knew I had wanted to be an author.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Christian adults hopefully can enjoy reading it in good conscience. Maybe they will see themselves or somebody they know. If there is a lesson to be learned, it may be that God has His own way of doing things. He can use the foolish things to teach all of us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This book is certainly not divinely inspired in the commonly accepted sense, but it is divinely shaped. I just wrote sketch after sketch, stringing together ideas as they came to mind, and had no idea where the thing was going. Then it all began to cohere. Bit parts like Miss Phelps became main characters. Finally it seemed to be finished, even if some subplots were hanging a bit loose. There were a few ideas left over, and I started one more chapter to see if anything could be done with them. That chapter, the Hamlet chapter, became what is to me the climax of the book. I cannot claim credit for it. One other personal inpact came long after publication. God has a sense of humor. I had some fun with the name of Phelps, and our younger daughter subsequently met a Phelps. Soon I will be related to Phelpses. I didn't know, honest.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The Bible, of course. G.K. Chesterton delighted in revealing God through improbable situations. C.S. Lewis had a sharp mind and quick wit. Kurt Vonnegut's earlier stories were stark, cynical revelations of how the world might be if, as he believed, there were no God.
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