It’s a privilege to introduce you to my most recent non-fiction book, Uncommon Character: 26 Stories of Ordinary Men and Women Who Did the Extraordinary. 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 more than a decade in various ministry and instructional venues. 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.
The stories are true, the protagonists are real, and the themes – dealing with character, “story”, choice, relationships, heroism, and change – are universal and redeeming. Stories have inherent power to transform lives, and the most powerful are the ones, like these, 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.
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. These are 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, the stories answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? How does a hero personify favorable character? Why is personal character so vital for our families and our country?
These are historical, biographical, and inspirational tales told with zest; these are tales to be long treasured. Search, but you’ll not find another like this one. Good lives make a great read. Enjoy these 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 gathered in a printed anthology. It’s not only passively alright to share my stories; you’re encouraged to actively do so. It’s one of the reasons I created them.
Each story will find its special place in head and heart – dwelling there to influence the critical choices ahead. From Prologue through the Epilogue, each page advocates making a positive impact on others and mastering the days we are given. Previous readers have written to say that they’ve departed with an abiding conviction of the real difference one committed life will make. No matter our past or where we find ourselves today, here is inspiration to finish well.