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Book Chat... Save the Date!

My latest book chat is coming up soon! The Hopewell Borough (NJ) Public Library, my hometown library, is hosting me on the evening of April 1st. Yes, April Fool's Day! The Wednesday Night Out event will start at 7 p.m. at the community room of the lovely, restored train station on Railroad Place.

That evening, I'll be talking about the four books in my Miracles & Moments of Grace anthology series. I'll pick out one story from each book to talk about in detail. I'm choosing the stories to align with the library's kick-off of its summer reading program -- this year, the theme is "Heroes." And there are plenty of heroes in my books!

So... save the date and come out and enjoy the company of your fellow book lovers. The library will provide refreshments (thank you!), plus, you'll have the chance to win a door prize. Up for prizes will be two books by Brad Meltzer, Heroes for my Daughter and Heroes for My Son. The two books contain brief and inspiring bios of famous people who have made their lives count -- people like Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Jane Goodall, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers and Mother Teresa.  Read More 
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The library at the U.S. Army War College has graciously invited me to talk about Miracles and Moments of Grace at 11:45 a.m., on Monday, May 2.

The War College library is located on Carlisle Barracks in Root Hall, Building 122, lower level. For GPS purposes, the address is 122 Forbes Avenue. You can get directions to the library here.

I have the privilege of sharing the book event with Chaplain (Col.) Barbara Sherer, whose story "Out of the Ashes" appears in MMG. Chaplain Sherer is currently studying at the college. And my dear friend from college, Lawrie, is hosting me at her home.

I'm looking forward to the event. Hope to see you there!  Read More 
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The Four Chaplains Memorial

Air Force Chaplain Capt. Christopher Reeder (l) and Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, Captain, Chaplain Corps, USN, Retired (r)
Yesterday, I had the great privilege of attending a memorial event sponsored by the Library of Congress History Project and the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The event commemorated the four interfaith chaplains who went down with the USAT Dorchester in WWII, after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The chaplains -- two Protestant, one Jewish and one Catholic -- selflessly helped others into the too-few life boats and when life jackets ran out, they took theirs off and handed them to those in need. They were among the 672 men who lost their lives that night.

You can read Dan Kurzman's terrific account of that act of heroism, a book titled The Four Immortal Chaplains. There were many eyewitnesses to the events of that night who all agreed on the basic facts of the chaplains' actions.

The event yesterday marking the 68th anniversary of the tragic event featured Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff as keynote speaker. Chaplain Resnicoff is one of the fifty-five chaplains I interviewed for Miracles and Moments of Grace. He told me his harrowing story of being present at the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983.

It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with Chaplain Resnicoff, and with another one of my chaplains, U.S. Air Force Chaplain Christopher Reeder, and his wife Jennifer. Chaplain Reeder told me the wonderful story of meeting Jennifer while he was deployed to Afghanistan.

For more photos from the event, head on over to my new Miracles and Moments of Grace facebook page.  Read More 
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