One of the greatest blessings of my life was, along with my wife, being privileged to be part of a tour of Israel in 1982. The intense highlight was our being baptized in the Jordan River. The entire trip was indeed a life changing experience and inspired in me the desire to write. As a result, I wrote my first poem, O' Jerusalem. As I continued to write and store the results in my computer, one of my co-workers discovered my writings and shared them with others. The final result is this book of poetry and short stories. It is my desire that it will be a blessing to others and perhaps make a difference in the life of many. At age 87, Fred Faulkner continues to serve as Correspondence Director for A New Beginning, Pastor Greg Laurie's radio ministry, in Riverside, California, a position he has held since his retirement from the County of Riverside in 1981. He answers ministry letters, e-mails, and correspondence via the Internet weekly, but his other passion is writing poetry for and about his Savior, Christ Jesus. Fred and his wife Carol have been married 47 years. Both received Christ on the same dayDecember 6, 1981after hearing Pastor Laurie preach. Both serve at Harvest Christian Fellowship where Carol is Greg Lauries administrative assistant. Frederic Joseph Faulkner was born in Madison County Arkansas, on April 15, 1921, the youngest of six children. He is the father of six grown children, grandfather of seventeen, and four great grandchildren. He and Carol live in Riverside, in Southern California.