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About Michael Decamp
As a young married man, Michael developed a passion for reading after finding "Twilight Eyes" by Dean Koontz on a grocery store shelf. Over the years, his tastes have ranged from classic authors like Steinbeck, Tolkien, and Hemingway to modern authors like Koontz, King, Baldacci, and Grisham. He enjoys history, spiritual enrichment, action adventure, and stories with a scary edge.
Michael DeCamp lives in Indianapolis with his wife of over thirty years and his high strung, miniature Australian shepherd. He has two talented grown daughters who make him continually proud and he enjoys serving his church, reading, and taking adventurous vacations.
Eventually, Michael discovered that what the imagination can envision, the keyboard can create and he began to write. Starting with short stories, he has practiced and honed his skills culminating in his debut novel, Abandon Hope. The short stories are yet to be published. His first was "Hate to Wait" and his favorites are "Davy's Gift" and "Out of the Depths of Abandon." The last two are also set in fictional Cutters Notch, Indiana.
Finally, Michael's lifelong goal has been to fulfill the words that his father told him when he was only a toddler: "Mike, the most important thing you can do in your life is to love God."
Loving Out Loud is a collection of personal stories intended to provide practical examples of how to love our neighbor, one another, and even our enemies. In some, Michael shares about how other people truly set an example for him. In others, he shares about times when he blew it. In all of them, you will find grace and an opportunity to adapt the message to your own daily life. You will laugh with him and you may cry with him, but you will also walk with him as he learns how to love. This book is great for bible classes, small groups, or devotional times. Each chapter contains discussion questions and a personal challenge. As a bonus at the end, you will find the Lovementalism Challenge designed to help you set new patterns in your love for others.
Foreword by Don Mclaughlin, Senior Minister, North Atlanta Church of Christ and author of Love First: Ending Hate Before It’s Too Late
“Without preaching, shaming or finger-pointing, Mike DeCamp stands before us and strips his own life bare…” -- Dr. Patrick Mead—Senior Pastor at the Fourth Avenue Church, Franklin, TN
“I highly recommend this book to you if you are wanting to understand Jesus’ concept of loving God with everything you have and loving your neighbor as yourself.” -- Dr. Jim White—Senior Minister at the Southwest Church of Christ, Omaha, NE
Whatever happens, they are determined. They will not Abandon Hope.