From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Charles Prichard, author of “Culture V. Christ: Pursuing the Biblical Truth of Marriage and Children.”
After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 2011, I spent the summer in Kenya reaching out to a group of people in a slum village named Huruma. God worked in my life in so many profound ways while I was there and after I returned, I began praying how I could help raise awareness and encourage the American church to take care of orphans and widows in distress (Isaiah 58:6-7).
Fast-forward three years and I’m now a full time husband and father to my three children. I am also an active duty AF officer, a part time student, and spend hours each week in ministry at the base chapel. As I grew in my relationship with the Lord, I began studying and seeking wisdom in God’s Word on how to be a godly husband to my wife and father to my children.
At the same time, my heart continued to burn for the people in Africa. I spoke at a number of
churches in Colorado and Georgia and continued to share the stories of God’s amazing work in a small abandoned village. But how was I going to share the stories with more people?
I was encouraged to write a book on marriage and family and how the culture has crept into the Christian church. This became a passion of mine. I wanted to work with and encourage families in the church to obey God in every aspect of their family. So my journey began. I attempted to balance my time and priorities and set aside a few hours a month to write.
I contacted WestBow Press and was instantly encouraged. The entire team was so helpful. Every step of the way was an exciting journey. As a young and new author, WestBow Press was the perfect company to work with. A year later Culture V. Christ: Pursuing the Biblical Truth of Marriage and Children was published.
I did not write the book for any monetary gain. In fact, by God’s grace, I am able to send all
royalties to support non-profit Christian organizations that serve orphans and widows around the world. Saba International is the organization I am supporting the month of September. I wrote the book to share a story and spread the Word of God’s perfect grace. I hope you are encouraged to read my book. And I hope you are encouraged to write your own because we all have a story to tell (Matthew 28:18-20).
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What a neat and encouraging story. I looked up Charles Prichard and the preview of the book looks great! Also, it looks like the Saba International organization that he is supporting directly reaches out to the people in the Kenyan villages.
I read this book too! Some great chapters and points that the author makes on how to address the issue of teenage dating in the church. Very encouraging to see an author use the book to raise awareness for those in need in Africa. Is it just me or does the author look really young? I guess that’s the beauty of self publishing. If you have a story to write and are passionate about some topic…just go for it and let God do the rest!
I hope others get a chance to read the book.