I am between jobs for a bit and I’ve had time to polish up my manuscript for my book. Oh? You didn’t
know? I signed a book deal with a major publisher to publish my book. It’s not a big book. But my publisher told me for the subject I’m dealing with it didn’t need to be big since some of my audience will likely not want to read a thick book.
The title is “Suicide – Satan’s Killing Field”. It deals with suicide from the aspect of going to those in need of help whether it be a distant thought to their immediate crisis. I’m a Christian and a Chaplain so my approach is from a Christian viewpoint. However, there is a difference in how I approach it than most may think.
In my training as a Chaplain, I found it described as the “Ministry of Presence”. My approach is to introduce myself and then listen. To best describe it I will illustrate by the first time I encountered someone. It wasn’t a suicide thing, but it was an elderly lady that was attempting to salvage the remains of her home from a tornado. The day I stepped into her home she had lost her husband the year before which was exactly one year earlier. She had a daughter with her helping pick up what belongings she could muster. Now she had no husband or home. I sat down with her and listened while she poured out her heart.
So, to listen to anyone in crisis or otherwise is the best ministry a Chaplain can do upfront in a conversation. People in situations like I encounter come to me like a pressure cooker. When a Chaplain presents themselves it tends to cause people to release that pressure and it will come out all at once and we are prepared to listen and take it in without preconceived notions.
My book lays heavily on the side of presenting Christ to all. It is to seek and save the lost. Suicidal people are so close to ending their lives when at the point of crisis and I speak on how to start with someone in a conversation by listening. From that assessments can be made on how to approach them in conversation to talk them back from the edge.
The field I speak of is two-fold. One side shows the negative aspect, and the other shows the positive aspect. The book will be out more likely in about five months. It will be on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and other such outlets. If you are interested in a copy I can take requests now. Just not orders. The cost will be determined at a later date, but I can say it will be worth the read.