OTTAWA — Ottawa Faith Baptist Church Pastor Denny Coates recently wrote a book with a Biblical perspective.
Coates, of Ottawa, who has been the church pastor since 1985, decided to write “The Woman Who Stayed” to provide hope and encouragement to others.
He is a member of Black Swamp Writers Guild in Putnam County, and the book is a collection of short stories. The book has been in the works for five years, and he recommended those ages 12 and older could benefit from reading the book.
“I think we are becoming more detached with smart phones and electronic devices and this book helps teach Biblical and other history,” Coates said.
The 31-chapter book features various characters from history such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Biblical history such as Jonah and Elijah and stories from Coates’ personal life. The 120-page book is his first and came out the beginning of December.
“The Woman Who Stayed” is the story of a woman who marries a man, the second marriage for both of them. He promises her a beautiful farm to live in in another state and the home instead has dirt floors. She talked about leaving but stayed in a difficult marriage.
“It started off with my personal stories and grew to stories of answers to prayer, purpose in life and topics of depression and marriage,” Coates said.
He said he calls it a book of encouragement and each chapter starts with a Bible verse.
“So many people in life are struggling in their marriage and job or finding meaning in life and they think it is only them, but there is something in a story where you find out others are struggling and learn how they dealt with it,” Coates said.
Coates’ favorite chapter is “Sparky Is A Loser.” It is a comparison between Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz and Coates’ father, Clarence.
“What people don’t realize is that Charlie Brown was Charles Schulz where he addressed his life and struggles and described himself as a loser as a young boy but became one of the most successful cartoonists of all time,” Coates said.
Coates compared Schultz’ life to his father’s where like Schultz he started out in poverty.
The book can be purchased on Amazon for $4.95 and will be available for purchase next week at Kohls Market in Ottawa and Touches From The Heart in Glandorf. It also will be available for purchase at Always Blessed Bookstore in downtown Ottawa the beginning of February.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.