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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
Bottom line: Can the reader finish the book, put it down, and say: Wow, look what Gods Word performed; I want to be in the Word; I want the Word to be in me? The closer the reader comes to Gods Word, the closer they come to Him (John 1:14). The Word will have become sent out (Isaiah 55:1011), active and alive (Hebrews 4:12), watched over and performed (Jeremiah 1:12) in their lives!
Author: CH [LTC, RET] Arthur W. Coffey, Jr., D. Min.
Located in: Virginia
Submitted: October 16, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. Arthur Coffey has served as a parish pastor for fifteen years, an Army chaplain for twenty-three years, and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center chaplain for twelve years. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and the Humanitarian Aid tour to Guatemala. Coffey is the recipient of the Witherspoon Award for most creative use of Scripture, presented by the National Bible Association and the Armed Forces Chief of Chaplains. He is also the recipient of a Veterans Affairs National Chaplain of the Month award for outstanding service in the promotion of the Bible in ministry, healing and research. In addition, Coffey presented his Alzheimers research, centered on Scripture, at the Mayo Clinic, where it was voted the most outstanding of those presented and declared to be pioneer research because no other known research had ever used Scripture as the independent variable. Coffey earned a doctorate in wholistic health care, awarded by Lutheran Theological Seminary. The exam committee proclaimed his research to be the best they had seen in the field.
What was your motivation behind this project? To write my story has been therapeutic. Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through your fingertips, said Dawson Trotman, founder of the Christian organization called the Navigators. This shall be written for the generation to come and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord (Ps. 102:18 King James Version, or KJV). And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Hab. 2:2 KJV).
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? God loves to use our wounds to build wounded healers. A wounded healer is someone who has been there, who has gone through the pain, problem, crisis, sin condition, weakness, habit, addiction, and so on. So, like an Army scout, he is the best person to come back and take the rest of the troops through the same territory.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As I turned to God for his comforting forgiveness, he used his redeeming will much like the man who, in a story, owned a beautiful diamond ring. My daddy gave me his diamond ring years ago; it isnt a very costly ring, but its valuable to me because it belonged to him much of his life. But this other mans ring would have brought a lot on the market. Somehow the diamond suffered a deep scratch. The owner took the diamond to one dealer after another, but no one could remove the flaw. Finally, he came across an old master in the gem trade who took the ring back into his study for a good while, where he proceeded to paint a rose at the top of the scratch. The scratch became the stem of the rose, forming a most beautiful design in the diamond. In a similar manner, God began showing me how he can take the scratches in my life and redeem them into the stem of the rose.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My wife, Connie; Billy Graham; Merlin Carothers; Eric Liddell; Jesus Christ; the Apostle Paul
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Because of the way his redeeming will is working in my marriage, family, career, retirement, and a small farm, I sometimes feel like I can be on Coffey grounds and dance as though no one is watching.