In the fall of 2018, Paul Linzey is writing a book on marriage for couples and those who minister to couples.
Marriage in America fails about fifty percent of the time. And about half of those who stay together aren’t happy. This means that only twenty-five percent of Americans who get married, stay together happy. Many simply don’t know what to do differently.
Although there are a lot of books on marriage, this one is unique. It combines clinical research, personal & pastoral experience, and the Bible to present a practical guide for couples. It’s also designed for pastors, chaplains, and congregational lay leaders who are called to help the couples in their ministry context. The result is a practical, hands-on curriculum that may be used in couples classes, home groups, sermon series, seminars, or retreats. It may also be used in counseling and private conversations.
The working title is WisdomBuilt: Biblical Principles of Marriage, which comes from the first line of Proverbs 24:3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Paul and his wife, Linda, plan to write a companion volume called WisdomBuilt: Devotions for Couples. In the spring of 2019.
Paul is partnering with Mr. Howard Crosby to write a book for motorcycle riders. If it goes well, it might result in an online course, and perhaps a couple more books. Crosby has been riding more than 20 years, and is a motorcycle riding instructor and safety trainer. A long time ago, Linzey rode a small scooter for a few years, and recently got back into riding, this time on a much larger bike. The project is called Cruisin’ with Crosby, since Howie is the expert.
After completing the first Motorcycle book, Linzey plans to write a book based on his military ministry experience in Iraq. While deployed to a small coalition-led Forward Operating Base as a chaplain in the spring and summer of 2007, Chaplain Paul Linzey experienced the danger of war, the loneliness of being away from home, and the exhilaration of watching up close as God answered prayer, changed lives, and performed miracles.
He was assigned to Camp Echo, just outside the city of Ad Diwaniyah. There hadn’t been a chaplain there, so Linzey and his Chaplain Assistant had to start from scratch to prepare a foundation for ministry. Heat, danger, dust, and death formed the context for the job he was sent to do.
Operating from his philosophy that “ministry follows friendship,” Linzey built relationships among the men and women, military and civilian, American and Coalition. This allowed him to be there when people were at their best and at their worst, in their strongest and weakest moments. This is the story of what happened in his life and theirs. Drawing on personal experience, he creates a narrative of war that is different than any you’ve ever heard.
Another book will be a collection of interracial encounters, each story highlighting a different aspect of the racial divide in America, while offering hope for reconciliation and some practical guidelines for what we can do about it. The title, Colored Side of the Street, comes from an experience the author had as a boy living in Charleston, SC, in 1963.
Dr. Linzey is also considering a book about Giant Springs, Montana, using the underground aquifer as a metaphor for what happens inside each of us. Paul and his brother, Gene, took a trip to Montana, then followed with a year of research. Invisible Forces and Hidden Issues is the working title for the book they plan to co-author.
Rain and snow fall on the Little Belt Mountains in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Streams and creeks flow past the towns of Neihart and Monarch, past Camp Rotary and the Logging Creek Campground, on their way to the Missouri River. But most of the water seeps into the soil, draining down into the water table known as the Madison Aquifer. Madison is a huge reservoir of fresh water, lying underneath five U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. It provides water for thousands of wells, springs, and streams.
It takes 26 years for the water to travel sixty miles underground to where it gushes out at Giant Springs and forms the shortest river in the world, which flows into the Missouri River.
Because of past, painful experiences, we often force our thoughts and emotions underground, and they become an internal, invisible force. It may be hidden, but it’s moving. It’s active. In fact, sometimes what’s going on inside takes on a life of its own, until one day it gushes out in words, or actions and people say things like, “Wow. I never saw that coming.” Some individuals are trapped in pain, decade after decade, while life and happiness pass them by. The authors want to talk with you about this inner world of Invisible Forces and Hidden Issues.