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What So Proudly We Hailed Paperback – July 2, 2010
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On the way I also discovered that with books one could educate oneself in almost any topic, and this ability to research would serve me well in my writing career. I first met the Lord Jesus in US Navy boot camp and soon focused my research on Him and the Scriptures. He also opened for me a whole new world as well as a new perspective on life.
I began my writing career writing novels in different genres. I also spent time studying and writing (and directing and/or performing) dramas for my church, as well as poetry. Both of these pursuits sharpened my ability to write prose, and after taking a course on writing short fiction I wrote "Glimpses of My Friend the King," which was released in 2004. A collection of short stories, it was well received in my church and in neighboring churches as well. Fans have told me that they've found the stories useful in daily devotions, family Bible reading, and adult bible study groups.
I continued writing short stories and poetry and even began writing novels in other genres when in 2006 I awoke from a disturbing dream, the details of which would become the opening scenes for my greatest novel to date, What So Proudly We Hailed. In it I explored America's historical connection between freedom and Christianity, America's drift from our Christian heritage, and the most probable outcomes of our departure from the principles of our founding fathers.
As we look around at the world today and see the proliferation of nuclear weapons, our dependency on technology, the increase of hedonism in our culture, and the rise of Islam, the novel becomes a prescient warning to our nation. Released in 2010, it has sold thousands online and continues to sell copies each month, many sales coming from other countries.
So now I divide my time between the work of the Gospel, developing my writing talents in other genres, mastering the arena of social media, and exploring new avenues to reach out to the world to share my faith in meaningful ways. I have a blog called http://apenforhisglory.com/ through WordPress and I invite you to join me on this adventure of discovery. You can also reach me at aPenForHisGlory@gmail.com , or on my Twitter account @aPenForHisGlory , or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChristianAuthorJamesHoward/ .
I have found that, like the Lord Jesus Himself, my work creates strong friends and determined enemies. Discover it for yourself and find out where you stand.
God bless you. - James
Top Customer Reviews
The concept of a nuclear attack from North Korea is a little too uncomfortably real to allow the reader to put this novel down once begun. Howard takes his main character and family into territory thought to be a safe haven from the chaos on the mainland, but systems fail and with a homeland in the throes of blatant crime with survival tenuous, and with the rise of a a wholly different religious threat, this journey of Jason Ribault and his family are placed in that position we all must face if annihilation threatens. How the Ribaults and fellow survivors cope is the fast-paced conclusion of this novel. The writing technique may be a bit raw but the story idea is a shocker and Howard makes it work well. Grady Harp, December 10
The scenario seems plausible and the book is well written. Especially in the last half, the narrative tends to get a bit preachy for my tastes, which explains the one star rating drop. Still, the story is enjoyable.
Recommended for readers age 16 and up who enjoy reading books which promote a Christian viewpoint. The author has put his characters into some controversial situations, which would make for good group discussion material.
This book was provided to me free by author in exchange for review. This review has been simultaneously posted on Dragon Views, LibraryThing, Amazon.com and wherever else I may deem appropriate.
If the "Left Behind" type of silliness is your cup of tea, then drink up.
The only reason to finish this book is to see how bad it can get.
Implausable plot, predictable characters, rediculous storyline...you name it.
While my religous beliefs may not dovetail with the authors', I am a Christian too.
So no, it's not that.
I read some other reviews stating that the religious commentaries we're a bit oppressive, but I'm such a fan of the survivalist/nuclear genre that I gave it a shot hoping it would just be an ebb in the background.
Unfortunately, the book reads like a sermon virtually every chapter. It's a constant flow of prayer, hyper christianity vs. militant islam positioning.
Despite all that, I could have forgiven it if the underlying story was well structured and moving. It's not. You never get a feel for what's really going on elsewhere in the U.S., and where I had thought the story would focus on survival on the seas and sharing insights on the challenges one could expect following a limited tactical nuclear attack -- we never really get it.
Even for the most die hards of the genre like me, skip this one -- there are FAR better options available (The New Madrid Run, The Last Ship, come to mind that are also naval/sea related stories that are far superior).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a great read and a pleasant break from what I normally read.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
People Wake Up !!
We are living in these times right now. You need to read this book and open your minds to the possibilities that lay ahead..
Thank You Mr. Read more
This book is very well written and urges America to return to God and Jesus Christ and to prepare for any disaster that may hit our shores.Published 15 months ago by Christie Lynn Albers
Take your position on this writing and find another reason why you love it so much? This writing comes from the hard research of the author; Mr. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ray Doc Love
Good reading, leaves you wanting more. Anyone having any Christian belief should be listening and preparing. God helps those who helps themselves and others in dire times.Published on January 29, 2014 by Darrell
Relentlessly and annoyingly religious. Prayer and bible passages every other page or so. I might have been able to overlook that if the rest of the book hadn't been so dull. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by anonymous
WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED was a book I picked up quite randomly and I am glad I did. It's a short read for me (just under 250 pages in NOOK format)but one I could not put down once... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Cheryl
Good nuclear bomb PA story. Well edited.
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