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Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher's Trek Paperback – May 15, 2016
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"'Space Cowboy Lands Among the Stars' is how the headline should read for this life story of Dr. Fredric Eichelman. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey of a western-loving, sci-fci-loving, student-loving, family-loving, God-loving man who has used his experiences and encounters with celebrities throughout his life to teach and encourage the craft of story-telling through film and media to the next generation. From Ronald Reagan to Elizabeth Taylor to Star Trek's iconic stars, Fred has enjoyed an almost Forrest Gump-like life journey of serendipitous encounters, which he turned into teaching moments for students in the classroom as well as for students of life in general." - Jenny L. Cote, author "The extraordinary flair, talent and craftsmanship of Dr. Fred Eichelman makes this book capture a real glimpse into the yesteryear of where movies began." - Jenn Gotzon, actress "It has been said that American cinema reflects the history of our country. If this is true, then Dr. Eichelman has his finger firmly on the pulse of our land and its people. He has followed film-from within and without-for decades, with a love and insight that few can claim. When Dr. Fred speaks, we in the industry listen raptly and with awe. His stories, anecdotes, and observations illuminate and entertain. I suggest you savor his words, and enjoy the opportunity to hear from one who was there; one who has a deep affection for a flawed but noble species, and the form of entertainment that reaches the world by speaking directly to the human heart." - Michael McClendon, actor/writer/director "I can't think of anyone more qualified than Dr. Eichelman, by experience, temperament and insight, to take readers on this marvelous tour of the deep impressions made by television and film on all of us. Eichelman's honest commentary and gifted writing are engagingly personable, reminding us of the profound influence film entertainment makes on the hearts and minds of an entire culture. A terrific pleasure to read." - Rusty Whitener, novelist/screenwriter/actor "A passionate man who follows art and his faith with heart and intellect, my dear friend Dr. Fred has created a wonderful amalgam of stories, facts, and entertainment that takes the reader on a stellar voyage. Climb aboard to experience a wealth of interesting memories and inviting anecdotes. Enjoy the ride. I did!" - Kathy Garver, actress/author/producer/speaker
About the Author
Dr. Fred Eichelman is a retired Virginia public school teacher whose career spanned four decades. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College, with a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Social Studies Education degree awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Eichelman is the author of three history and government textbooks and a science fiction novel, Valerie in Giantland. He has written for several print magazines and has served as a book and film reviewer. He serves on the board of directors for Point North † Outreach Ministries and is editor of its publication, Point North † Tidings. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When I got to the portion of the memoir of Fred’s life, ah, now I was in! I was hooked when he shared that he used Star Trek episodes to teach Biblical principles. He shares about his parents love of animals, entrepreneurial adventures and brushes with Hollywood celebrities. In all of this, the tone is very realistic and not boastful.
Just like a parable is used in the Bible to reach and teach people, Film and TV are storytelling vehicles also. This educator saw that and used the medium and relationships with like-minded celebrities to promote good values. It was a charming and interesting read.
I was provided a copy of the book in order to read it and give my honest review.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Thank you, Fred Eichelman!