Teacher's 'soul' crossing nation with publication
By KIM PUCKETT
Reelsville Elementary sixth grade teacher Marc Hendrickson is now a nationally published author.
Hendrickson's book, "SoulCrossers," has been published by Tate Publishing Enterprises.
"SoulCrossers" is a book of rhymes that brings the messages of hope, encouragement, faith, and true salvation. The book's main focus is for people of all ages to experience Jesus Christ.
Hendrickson said, "The book is mainly rhymes that are culminations of my experiences, thoughts, and directions in my life. It encompasses some positive and negative experiences in my life. It represents the faith I have, today."
Hendrickson's main goals for his book are not related to sales. He expresses more interest in the impact it makes on people rather than the amount of copies it sells.
He said, "The sales and marketing part of this experience is nice, but the impact the book makes on the people that read it is what really matters. I have high expectations and goals for the book once it gets going."
Young people are a the main target audience for this book of rhymes. Though the book is for all ages, Hendrickson thinks youth can benefit the most.
The author said, "There have been many wrongs and rights in my life, but through faith I have been able to get it right. There are many temptations out there for young people. I hope young people can learn something from my experiences and apply that to their own lives."
Hendrickson is a sixth grade teacher at Reelsville Elementary School. He also teaches Bible study for young adults at First Southern Baptist Church in Greencastle. He holds a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Elementary Education from Indiana State University.
The sixth graders at Reelsville Elementary are also excited about the release of Hendrickson's book. They read the rhymes and some have even memorized selections.
Their teacher said, "As a teacher, I read my students many rhymes, Dr. Seuss and things like that. I read them certain selections (from "SoulCrossers") and they want to hear more. I had to order more books to get enough for all the kids that wanted them. They were so excited. It's great."
This first publication is not the last for Hendrickson. He has been writing since he was about 21 years of age. He has many other rhymes that he picked the 75 from for his first book. He plans to write several other books in the future.
"This book is just the beginning," says Hendrickson, "I plan to release another book of rhymes in the next couple of years. I also love to tell stories, so I would also like to explore other types of writing."
The book can be purchased nationwide from any bookstore, or online through several internet web sites including amazon.com and walmart.com, or by e-mailing tatepublishing.com directly to order the book.
For more information about "SoulCrossers" contact tatepublishing.com.