It’s a privilege to introduce my most recent non-fiction book.  I looked a long time for one of this nature, and could not find it.  Subsequently, I invested two years writing it based on the material I’d been presenting for a decade in various ministry and instructional venues. “Uncommon Character: “26 Stories Of Ordinary Men and Women Who Did The Extraordinary” is available in soft cover, hard cover, and abridged with hard cover editions. (This book was originally released as “A Storyteller’s Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time”.)

The stories are true, the protagonists are real, and the themes – dealing with choice, “story”, character, relationships, heroism, and change – are universal. Stories have inherent power to transform lives, and the most powerful are those about transformed lives. Here is a collection of such short stories in an inspiring anthology format. I know you’ll find it a most compelling read and that it will touch your life in many positive and enduring ways.  It was written to be cherished, re-read, and shared over a lifetime. The short stories in this collection were originally presented to audiences orally, but now they are captured for inspirational reading. Each was developed from experience and refined while teaching in elementary schools and high schools, in prisons and recovery centers, in small groups and around campfires, from pulpits and Sunday school basements to boardroom podiums.

As a captivating combination of epic tales, heroic character profiles, and timeless parables, this inspiring anthology is filled with unforgettable people who challenged and changed their world in remarkable and admirable ways.  True stories that read better than good fiction. You’ll be introduced to personalities who are living and historical, familiar and unknown, domestic and foreign. Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth understanding? How does a hero personify favorable character?

Each story will find its special place in head and heart – dwelling there to influence the critical choices ahead of us. From Preface through Epilogue, each page advocates making a positive impact on others and mastering the days we are given. Readers depart with an abiding conviction of the real difference one committed life will make. No matter our past or where we find ourselves today, we will be inspired to finish well.

Good lives make a good book and Douglas Feavel knows it. These are the tales he tells with zest; these are the tales you will long treasure. Search, but you’ll not find another like this one. Enjoy the dynamic portraits; then share them in family, church, workplace, ministry and educational settings, because that’s how they began, and that’s why they were written.  It’s not only passively alright to re-share my stories; you’re encouraged to actively do so.  It’s one of the reasons I wrote them.

Counsel for the journey and inspiration to finish it well.