A local writer will sign copies of his recently released book in his hometown of Belington Saturday.
Philip Sharp's book, "Not in the Wind, Earthquake or Fire," is based on the journals he wrote while deployed in Iraq.
Sharp said it took him approximately three years to compile his writings into book form.
Belington resident Philip Sharp will sign copies of his book ‘Not in the Wind, Earthquake or Fire’ at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Belington Library. The book comes from his journal writings during his deployment in Iraq. Profits from the book will be donated to veteran’s organizations and wounded workers.
"Before I left for my deployment to Iraq in 2006, my wife gave me a journal to write in," Sharp said. "I didn't know it then, but this was the beginning of my record of a long deployment tour. Writing in my journal became one of my relieving pastimes. Time and again I would stare at the picture of my family and read the words my wife wrote to me. I would only read my Bible with more fervor. Inside the front cover she laminated a small family picture."
Sharp said when he first started writing the book, it was mostly from his memory. Then he went back to use his journals.
"An overwhelming number of books on the war come from analysts and not from someone who was there every day and on the ground," Sharp said. "I wanted to give light to the subject that readers would not normally see from a soldier's perspective."
Sharp said he named the book "Not in the Wind, Earthquake or Fire" after the story of Elijah.
"Elijah hid in a cave from people who were trying to find and kill him," Sharp said. " God told him to stand on a mountain in His presence for He was about to pass by. A strong wind crashed by but God was not in the wind. An earthquake shook but God was not in the earthquake. A fire came next, but God was not in the fire. Finally there was a gentle whisper. In this gentle whisper Elijah heard from God. While deployed there were moments that felt like winds, earthquakes and fires were all around me."
Sharp said he wanted those who read his book to see the lessons and parables.
"Regardless of what's going on around you, God is always there for you," Sharp said.
"I also wanted to be able to look back and see my reflections. It helped to write it down. There were not many places for sympathy while in Iraq."
Sharp said the profits from the book will be donated to veteran and wounded workers organizations. He will sign copies at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Belington Library.
"Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire" is available from most online bookstores including Barnes and Noble, Amazon and CreateSpace.
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