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Jon K. Elliott
I'm a retired Naval officer, a retired church business administrator, and writer
Interests: writing, golf, & church construction planning
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I have heard the voice of the Lord. He said "I am displeased with the churches of America because they have not told the people outside the church who I am." Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at Of Word And Spirit
The more I hear of terrorist attacks around the world, the more I realize how On the Run in College Park embodies the issues of today. Obviously, acts of terror cannot by themselves topple a nation, but they can change the political climate, and reshuffle the priorities of a country.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Of Word And Spirit
On the Run in College Park may spawn a new mystery. I like some of its characters, particularly Tom Parker and Martha Jenkins. I also like Ahmed Suliman, but he needs to return to Morocco after graduation. That doesn't mean he won't reappear, but at the moment it isn't likely.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Of Word And Spirit
Finally On the Run in College Park is out! It's a mystery, set on the campus of the University of Maryland, in College Park. The main characters are Ahmed Suliman, an international student from Morocco, Nadira Shalash and Lauren Stevenson, freshmen girls who room together, and Tom Parker, a junior... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Of Word And Spirit
On the Run in College Park will be released by Tate Publishing on September 16. It is a story of four college students who become involved in crime and terrorism at the University of Maryland. One of the students, Ahmed Suliman, is an international student from Morocco, who is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Of Word And Spirit
I am very happy to say that the draft of my next book, On The Run In College Park, is finished. Of course, significant revision is necessary, and ongoing. But I think I'll have the manuscript to the publisher by late Fall. Revision is unpleasant work for many authors. But... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Of Word And Spirit
There's no way to know what's ahead. In fact, there's no way to know how my next book will end! It's an exciting book to write, though, so I hope it'll be exciting to read. I have a contract for its publication with Tate Publishing, and I am hoping to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Of Word And Spirit
Now that I'm a year into marketing The Hands of Christ, I find myself more involved in speaking and discussing with book clubs than I am with sitting at tables in bookstores and coffee shops, waiting for people to come along and buy the book. That's a good thing, because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
A friend, Brenda Peterson, is helping me connect my blog to Facebook. It's taking a little time, so please bear with me until I get it right. It's an adventure into cyperspace for a guy who grew up with a '51 Chevy that I could adjust, repair, and even unlock... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
I read an interesting blog by Marshall Shannon reporting the results of a survey he conducted of pastors responding the the question, “What are the top three challenges pastors are facing as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission?” (see The answers to the question were quite telling, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
It was a long and busy spring. It began with a drive to Panama City, FL, to help celebrate my wife's aunt's 90th birthday, and ended with a trip to Arizona (Grand Canyon and Sedona) to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary with our three sons and families. In between we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
Barb and I escaped the coldest winter we could remember by going to southern Arizona for a month. We'd had snow on the ground in Kentucky almost continuously from the end of the first week of December until we left on January 21. Tucson and the surrounding area are delightful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
2010 was a good year. Any year someone has a book published is a good year. I haven't received any reports from my publisher regarding sales of The Hands of Christ, so all I know about is my personal sales, 183 books. My last book event was at Broomfield United... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Of Word And Spirit
Over the past two weeks I've been in Annapolis, Maryland and in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philidelphia) at three bookstores. It was also a time to see old friends and family along the way. In Annapolis Barb and I stayed at the home of one of my academy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
Saturday I signed The Hands of Christ at the Kentucky Book Fair. It is the premier book event in Kentucky, and many well-known authors from around the country were present. I felt flattered to have been invited to participate. Close to 4000 people were there to buy books and have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
New to this blog is the ability for you to buy The Hands of Christ from me directly, with free shipping. Simply click on the "Buy Now" button and fill in the blocks. In about a month I'll also have hardback copies of the book available. I've personally sold over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
The Hands of Christwas officially released by Tate Publishing yesterday. That means the bookstores and online booksellers can order books from the distributors and put them on their shelves. Up until now it was only available from Tate and Amazon (who had one book to sell). If you went to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
I held another book signing today - at my church. I'm also arranging book signings at a couple of coffee houses around town. The official release date of The Hands of Christ is almost here - just three weeks away. After that the book will be more available than it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
It's Sunday. It's a good time to simply rest up and not get involved in any productive work. On Sundays I try to ignore things around the house that need to be repaired or cleaned up. I usually wake up to the sound of my neighbor mowing his lawn. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
Next week I'll be holding my first book signing in Lexington, at the Kroger Marketplace at Beaumont Centre Drive. I will be signing The Hands of Christ on August 4, from 9 am to 1 pm. If you live in or near Lexington come and see me. Most of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
We left the beach yesterday and spent last night and tonight at the home of an old college classmate/roommate and his wife. He and I played more golf than necessary but, what the heck, it's exercise. Writers need exercise. I held a book signing at the Ridge Coffee House in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
I'm leaving today for Raleigh, North Carolina, for my first two book signings. Both are in coffee houses. On Friday night I'll be at Caribou Coffee from 6 to 8, and on Saturday morning I'll be at Third Place Coffee House from 11 to 1. We'll be staying at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit
This is the beginning of a new venture for me. My first novel, The Hands of Christ, is now available from the publisher, and in a couple of months it will be available from the on-line bookstores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.). You can see it at this link or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Of Word And Spirit