Bob Church, father of my girlfriend Kristin, has published a new book! Actually… his friends did it for him as a surprise. You see, Bob has been a member of a little writers group on the Internet for a few years. His writings have inspired and captivated many fellow authors. But soon after the picture on the cover of the book was taken in the summer of last year, Bob was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Near the end of 2008, Bob and his wife Louise decided to move back from Moberly, Missouri to Topeka where their two daughters, their son and two grand-daughters live so that they could more easily spend his last days together as a family, despite their inability to sell the house they left behind in order to make the big move. Chemotherapy sessions were already underway for two months when this happened and the move took a dreadful toll on Bob’s health. Visits to the emergency room became frequent. Seeing Bob awake and in a good mood was rare. And everyone was very worried. Then, roughly a month or two after moving to Topeka, he decided to end his chemo after his doctors concluded it was doing him more harm than good.
Since that time his health and energy have seemed to very gradually increase. We’ve spent several evenings together as a family watching the entire HBO series The Soporanos, one episode after another. We’ve also continued this little tradition with another HBO series called Deadwood, which (all profanity and vulgarity aside) echos a lot of the kind of writing and dialoge styles Bob most appreciates. And just yesterday, Bob decided to whip out a laptop and get his ass on the Internet for the first time in nearly 3 months! So for those of you out there who know Bob but live far away, you’ll be quite pleased to learn that his spirits have been the best I’ve ever seen in a very long time and it is a breath of fresh air.
Bob’s very own copy of this book will be in the mail and shipping to him very soon. It is slated to make an appearence in about a week and I’ve been asked to video his opening the package when it arrives so his friends who cannot travel up can see his reaction. Perhaps if I twist his arm a little, he’ll read us some of his writing, too.
The book is available for purchase from blurb.com by visiting this address. Prices start at $13.95 for the softcover, $30.95 hardcover and weighs in at a whopping 400 pages. You can even preview the first 15 pages of the book online before purchasing. So go check it out! Buy a copy!