I’m a sucker for a good story! In my years writing for Christian radio, we didn’t have but a few precious seconds to grab that commuting listener, so I’ve spent my adult life looking for great spiritual hooks: theology from Charlie Brown and Linus, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”, or Tom Hanks’ great romantic line: “Don’t cry, Shop Girl.” I’m a proud member of the Venden/Smith fraternity of speakers who always begin a talk with: “Have you heard this one?”
Every writing project I work on has a focus on what C. S. Lewis wisely called “mere Christianity.” I’m passionate about the Body of Christ and the fact that you and I are brothers and sisters in the faith. (If you’re still pondering the wonder of Calvary, well, that’s cool too.) I’ve thanked the Lord many times for his tangible blessing as I try to craft a story that will inspire readers and bless their journey toward our shared heavenly home.
My most recent challenge is exciting – a brand new series of love stories set in my childhood mission home of Bangkok. These adventures are populated with fascinating characters, adorable Thai schoolchildren, and the sizzling flavor of a bustling Asian city. Betty, a good friend of mine who does PR for her faith community, tore through Vol. 1, “Love in a Distant Land,” and I was thrilled with her emailed summation: “David, it’s a tour de force!”
After a busted romance, Rachel Marie escapes to a one-year stint at Bangkok Christian School, where everyone hopes she can model being a superstar teacher. Love soon begins to percolate with Khemkaeng, BCS’s vice principal, who is thoughtful, gracious, good-looking . . . and a nominal Buddhist.
Samantha Kidd arrives at BCS divorced, bitter, and with a 7-year-old child in tow. Before long she’s helplessly in love with the school’s joke-loving music teacher, Tommy Daggett. But her flashes of rage are still an issue, and she has yet to make a decision about Jesus. This story has a gripping subplot dealing with Thailand’s infamous sex trade.
She’s 55 years old and has had exactly zero dates since a one-kiss high school fling many decades ago. On the brighter side, Sue Baines is a whiz organizer and a dynamic substitute principal at Bangkok Christian School. She might actually savor falling in love with a hulking, tender Aussie physician except for one thing: Miles’ son Gino is a hostile and disrespectful teen who hates both his father and his father’s new lady friend.
All through the first three books, Benjie Cey is invariably the motley sidekick with toothpaste spatters on his necktie. All at once he’s got what Thai kids call a “fan.” Chloe Cey is forced to attend university at Bangkok because of her father’s new gig at the British Embassy. She’s a volleyball superstar with matinee good looks. Is this a likely romantic pairing? This riveting story has terrorist bomb scares and finishes with a thrilling saga of forgiveness.
A random act of horror shreds Audrey’s marriage and threatens her faith as well. But medical healing is more laid-back and affordable clear around the world in the bargain-rich Land of Smiles. Soon Miss Giske finds herself teaching sixth grade right next to Rachel Marie among the colorful BCS dream team that knows how to rebuild broken hearts. Pieter Jooste, renowned cardiac surgeon at Saint Catherine Hospital, becomes her platonic friend and tennis therapy partner. Despite his gracious overtures, Audrey, still emotionally numb from the accident, isn’t ready to love again. But she admits to being romantically intrigued by Charles, a colorful professor at nearby Redeemer College. Resurrected Love is yet another dramatic love story set in exotic Thailand where Buddhist harmony and Christian miracles flow in co-existing streams.
It’s here! I’ve had this amazing story percolating for several years, and it’s finally on the Amazon bookshelf. “Rescue of the Blue Planet” is aimed at Christian teens – really, grades five and up – but I sure hope all my adult friends enjoy it as well.
Like me, some of you devoured the C. S. Lewis Space Trilogy; the powerful middle volume is entitled “Perelandra.” It’s basically the Garden of Eden temptation happening again, circa WWII, but on a faraway world. This YA novel flips the story around. Other highly developed world happen BEFORE Planet Earth; their holy civilizations have developed smart phones, kids play basketball, the cars are self-driving. Then the saga of our own Adam and Eve happen millennia after their own growth to perfection. It’s a fun premise, and I hope you will be blessed by the Calvary conclusion.
Kids are back in school and teachers want them to shut off cell phones and READ!! Bucky Stone books are awesome character-building stories.
All ten volumes in the Bucky Stone saga have just been re-released in print format! These are fun, Christ-centered stories, filled with sports action and sizzling high school romance. They make the perfect birthday gift or holiday stocking stuffer. And yes, they’re available as e-books as well. Each adventure is priced at Amazon’s minimum of $4.95, so your kids can indulge in the whole saga.
“To have a boy want to sit and read book after book in a wholesome series is wonderful. My son loved this whole series and highly recommends it!!!” – Kristen, May 2012
We must attack the enemy’s line of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects – with their Christianity latent. – C. S. Lewis
It’s been a while, but I have a brand new book hopping up into the Amazon marketplace. “The Saga of Farmer Jesus” explores the Parable of the Sower, one of my favorites. This book has a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor from my Bangkok days (and some grandpa laments), a dose of Morris Venden and C. S. Lewis, and confessions from my current dream gig as a math professor at Valley College. The book’s available in both print and electronic format, and I hope you’ll find it a blessing. Here’s the link!
They call it the “Death Zone” – 26,000 feet high, close to the roof of the world, where the planet’s rotation causes 140 mph winds. What makes alpine climbers risk fortunes and even their lives in order to stand for five minutes on the world’s highest peak? Mount Everest is also the wind-swept battlefield for personality conflicts, the unfolding of ego-driven dramas, and the sometimes unheralded stories of courage and sacrifice as one climber lays down his life for another. Salvation on the Summit focuses on the tragic climbing season of 1996, as told by bestselling author Jon Krakauer, to unpack spiritual lessons and glimpses of a heavenly kingdom so close to the stars above our world’s Third Pole. $3.00
“Chilling, inspiring listening, the best stuff you guys have done in years . . . David Smith is a creative and inspiring writer.” Margaret, radio fan from the original Everest series
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