The author is Douglas Snowsell. His book classifies as a biography. Douglas is a former Alliance missionary. He's been about. He's been in Bolivia and Chile.
Other people will have other takes on this story than I do. I see things sort of tied into either my life narrative or to themes I've written or studied.
Douglas was a preacher, but he was not having results from his preaching. He had a personal infilling and revival moment, and immediately following he began to have results from preaching every sermon. His feedback from his audience was that his preaching had the effects known to Billy Graham. Preachers, if you are not getting the kind of fruit you might anticipate you should get, start with yourself--get that down. God will start to generate results.
There's another moment. He has to learn Spanish. He's down to 1 month left as a time limit for picking up his language. He's having a hard time with the language acquisition. He has a breaking moment before the Lord. He remembers to again put the Lord first. Douglas seems like an intense kind of guy, putting studies first. However, being so busy studying can remove one's time from meditating with God. God fixes this with him. He passes. This remarks that we must even in our current goals leave room for God and being his friend.
When Douglas was saved--what I mean is the first time he really noticed the story of Jesus--was when he picked up a book of testimonies about a whole bunch of people whose lives had been transformed by accepting Christ. Their lives are about brokenness transformed to healing. He thinks, "I want that." He says the Jesus, I'm yours prayer. He is transformed. His former ways and thoughts are made pure. He leaves banking and those sorts of jobs and goes to Bible College. He goes into ministry.
The tie to the blog themes here: Douglas encountered a book of God stories. This let him know God is working in people's lives. He wanted in. How about you?
On a personal note: Douglas is pretty much my Dad's age. His Dad came home from war about the same time as my Dad's at least in the way of the age of his sons. His Dad was a fighter pilot. He was incarcerated in a camp after being caught. Douglas and his family have a few life narrative turns in them which mirror the family story I wrote. These are common turns for people whose parents were caught in war. Some of these have strong impacts on family. Douglas has more books coming out, so keep an eye out for them.
Douglas's book cover is below on the publisher's facebook page:
Doug's Dad bio is on the Internet:
Doug's Dad's War Story
Douglas and I have one thing in common: A desire to have known their relative/family member better. Douglas has done a lot of research from first hand accounts of the war. Some of his stories tie into this data. I don't know too many historians who don't have an interest in war stories.
Family history actually transects three war stories. Those of us with family from England all have the First World War and the Boer War Stories too. In letters from one generation to the other, you can see how one generation does what they can to tell the stories to the next, who are then encountering their own story facing similar circumstances of walking into war. War is never easy.