Nicolas Copernicus rocked the world in 1543 with his realization that the earth was not the center of the universe. The discovery was especially startling because his pronouncement shattered beliefs, beliefs long held by institutions and individuals the world over. Flower Dog Man can have that same impact as the latest instrument to sever fiction from fact for a desperate global audience; one who simply wants peace.
In only 6207 words, Kirk cracks the theological code while bringing the airy notions of spirituality to the readers proverbial door-step. It really is possible to change a person’s life in 45 minutes; and how fitting for a generation hooked on instant gratification. Flower Dog Man leads us on an inspiring journey and gives us the tools for facing the hellish hurdles of the moment to planting our very own Garden of Eden.
There will be thousands of books published this year, but none will have the lasting, genuine affect as Flower Dog Man. If the perpetrators at Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland, Columbine, Charleston, and Orlando had read and understood the principles of Flower Dog Man, hundreds of people would not have died by their gunfire. If Ratko Mladic, Adolph Hitler, and Bashar al- Assad had read and understood the principles of Flower Dog Man, millions would have been spared their genocide. If Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen, and OJ Simpson had read and understood the principles of Flower Dog Man, their spouses would not have borne the brunt of their domestic violence. If Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, and Hillary Clinton had read and understood the principles of Flower Dog Man, their public profiles would be greatly toned down from the weight of their tremendous egos.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Kirk Abner whose book Flower Dog Man compelled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love poignant books but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Kirk, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Kirk will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Kirk Abner!
From his college days selling Bibles door-to-door to software consulting throughout the country, Kirk has tried to do it all. He’s worked on oil rigs, been a stockbroker, driven 18 wheelers, fathered twin boys, been awarded by President Ronald Reagan, owned his own business, and created Travel Tapes. He has worked overseas and been to every major city in America. Despite the excitement that goes with such an eclectic and independent life journey, Kirk has seen his share of personal frustration and disappointment resulting in a near death experience in 1997. The gift of a friend would help turn his life around and begin a recovery that is nothing less than remarkable. Kirk shares his insight and the lessons learned in his Awareness Series, which is comprised of two children’s books- Thinking Like Jesus and Norman’s Names, and now Flower Dog Man.
Today Kirk trains physicians on the electronic medical record and his client list includes some of the finest medical facilities in the world- Stanford University Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, CA.
When he’s not on the road, Kirk loves being home in Southwest Virginia with his beautiful wife Tina and their dogs Bear and Saban.
Now, how wonderful does Kirk sound?! Kirk is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Kirk’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Kirk, I hope that you enjoy Kirk’s answers to my questions, they are incredible!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I am a fortunate fellow. I had a great childhood. I’ve got wonderful parents. My mom and dad have been married almost 65 years. Our dad had a good job. Mom got to stay home with us. My brother , sister, and I all got to go to private school. Later we would all go off college. I was actually honored by President Ronald Reagan for some work I was doing while in college. After I graduated I got a good job, got married, had a family, and joined the church. On paper, while my life certainly wasn’t perfect, it did at least look normal.
That’s why it would be such a shock, so completely ironic, that when I turned 41 years old I was miserable. I hated myself. I chad come to the conclusion that the only reason I had been born was to suffer; and that I, Kirk Abner, would never ever enjoy any success or happiness. Fortunately I was able to get some help and turn my life around. For the last 20 years I have been pondering “How in the world does a person reach a conclusion like that; especially considering the upbringing I had?” In Flower Dog Man I share those amazing discoveries.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Life is a series of fleeting moments. Like a song, a movie, or a piece of art, a good book has the capacity to immortalize the joy, the insight, the inspiration, the struggle, the emotion, and the despair of those same moments.
What is your writing process like?
Whether I’m writing a book, a song, a poem, or a column, I have the oddest sensation during my composition process. I often feel like I am merely a medium, or a vessel, for a ‘higher message’, and the words just come gushing. I usually have to scramble to find a pencil, or a laptop, to start getting the words on paper; lest I forget them.
A recent example- I was flying to Alaska a few months ago. Sitting in the right side window seat, I had a gorgeous view of a sunset that seemed to be stuck on the horizon. Missing my beautiful wife Tina, the following lyrics struck me. It took two minutes to write this.
True Love 2525
I’ve been thinking dear about those promises we made
That we’d love each forever till our dying day
Well when that day comes and I go on my way
I want you to know that I won’t be far away.
Up past where the sun sets, just beyond the moon
On the prettiest star around I’ll set a table just for two
And we’ll eat and drink and kiss and hug just like we always do
But we won’t be alone, the pups will be there too.
Yep one big happy family, dreams really can come true
Cause I’m yours and you’re mine
Forever, me and you.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Kirk! If you have liked what you have read about Kirk and are interested in learning more about Kirk and reading Kirk’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,