Sermons, a thesis – and a hungry dog…

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Rod Redden & family

Rod Redden & family

I’m always delighted to hear from readers that they’ve enjoyed my books – but sometimes this takes on an extra dimension…

Ian Hewes, a Baptist minister in the UK, has used the Kydd tales as inspiration for a number of his sermons!

In Ian’s own words, here’s just one incident that he drew upon: ‘The scene that greeted Kydd and Renzi at dawn at the lifting of the siege of Acre [in TENACIOUS] showed that perseverance in the face of apparently overwhelming odds can bring victory.’

And in Japan, reader Rod Redden not only enjoyed dipping into the salty snippets in my little non-fiction volume STOCKWIN’S MARITIME MISCELLANY, he put the book to use as an academic aid. Rod was recently awarded an MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester.

Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany

Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany

One of his assignments was on a specific linguistic situation. He chose the prevalence of army and naval terms in the Atlantic region of Canada – and one of the works he found particularly useful was my miscellany.

Having said that, Tom Richardson, a captain in the Salvation Army, once told me that his dog Benbow (named after the admiral) had developed a taste for my books – literally – and devoured several chapters!

One Comment on “Sermons, a thesis – and a hungry dog…

  1. Oh, perfect! Benbow rocks 😀
    Intriguing, what an impact one’s work can have on other people. And dogs.

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