Ward believes that story remains our most superlative device for truth telling. “A really good story will long be remembered after three cogent points are forgotten.” In fiction, the skillful blending of inspiration and faith with uncertainty and danger is a daunting challenge. Ward is loved by readers for inviting us to a modern day stage on which compelling characters seek to connect readers with “the God who is there and is not silent,” in an irresistible page-turning style.
His worldview is unapologetically Christocentric in nature. Whether using fiction, allegory, essay, memoir or blog articles, Ward is committed to inspiring and equipping men and women in what he believes should be a second half of life filled with meaning and purpose. His compelling personal mission is to “to write creatively, speak to influence, be a leader among leaders, stir the glowing embers of my peers and leave the Light on for the next generation.”
Ward’s literary works include inspirational thrillers Without Warning (prev. September Strike!), Vanished (prev. October’s Child), Pursuit and Redeeming Grace; the allegory Seasons of the Spirit; Let Light Shine Out, a historical view of Pentecostalism’s roots in the Pacific Northwest USA.
The memoir, Sacred Journey, is Dixie Tanneberg’s story, that of a private woman who lived the public life of a pastor’s wife, not by choice but by divine calling. Years devoted to God, her family, the church and community, are suddenly cut short by the doctor’s unexpected words, “We are ninety-five percent certain you have pancreatic cancer.” And so a woman whose years have been filled with teaching moments and whose days have been given to serving others, looks back on her journey and reflects on those moments, even as she is being taught and served by others. In Sacred Journey, Ward Tanneberg tenderly unpacks a story full of depth, and love, without sugar-coating the challenges faced, as together they make certain Dixie will not waste her cancer.
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