Author Tom Donnan’s enjoying a second chance at life: figuratively and literally. After a widow-maker heart attack killed him in 2006, paramedics were able to bring him back to life, and he’s not wasting his second chance. He’s using this time to write books that he hopes will touch lives.
What was the first book you read that you couldn’t put down? Why?
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes was the book that captured my attention. The idea of discovering a break through to help the mentally disabled regain cognitive abilities touched my heart as a reader. I like the way the story took you through the process seeing the evolution of mental regeneration. Charlie’s will and desire to learn and be like everyone else was compelling.
What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
Lash-Up by Larry Bond was that ever-intriguing book I couldn’t put down: against all odds with enormous challenges built upon saving the Nation. Although I enjoy all types of books, this hard cover book caught my eye in the discount counter at the local book store. I love a good story and this one kept my interest until the end.
Where’s the most unusual place you’ve read a book?
Our cousins resort on Table Rock Lake. It’s our annual siblings retreat. On their boat dock was a homemade raft extension. A bit rickety. Bringing a lawn chair, cool drink next to me, I delved into my escape, chapter by chapter. In only a few days I could read two or three books only stopping occasionally to take in a view beyond the cove to see boats racing to destinations unknown.
If you could be part of any fiction family, which would you pick?
I loved the book Hawaii by James A. Michener. Since I was a boy I have had a love for the South Pacific islands. I remember running home in the evening to watch the TV program, “Adventures in Paradise” with Adam Troy. I longed to be living on those far off tropical islands. In my adult years, I read Hawaii, and it was more than a story to me. If I could live in a fictional family/society, it would be in the pages of this book.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I enjoy inspirational books of people who have had miraculous ministries. It’s been my desire to be like them. To be more like Jesus.
In the hands of God, Tom Donnan never knows what will be next. Because of the wonders of the internet, he has ministered to pastors from the island of Fiji eastward to the country of Mawali and to places in between. He suffered a widow-maker heart attack in 2006, but God wasn’t done with him yet. He often tells people he wasn’t a keeper; God threw him back. Tom loves doing the work for Jesus and pursues it with a passion. He has three children and five grandchildren. Now that they are grown, the world is open to explore.
One Door Between Us (inspired by a true story)
Arielle is an inquisitive girl who always wants to discover the clues that leads her to the truth. Her thirst for knowledge is a life long journey and she achieves her lofty goals. The supernatural activities of God became a common occurrence; it was normal for her to experience it. She witnessed the manifest presence of God and her love for Him is on display as you read the book. Paramount will be her decision to open two doors into her life. One will be to a deep romantic, fulfilling love and the other she will answer God’s call upon her life.