By Mary Vee
Christian writers make us laugh, whisk us to new places, scare us, keep us up late at night, and show us how others handled problems.
My family has listened to hundreds of Odyssey radio programs. At the end of many programs, Chris says, "And don't forget to ask for a copy of today's episode. It's called (title). Adventures in Odyssey is a production of Focus on the Family, (title of the show) was written by Paul McCusker.
Paul McCusker has written many books for kids and teens. I asked him to join us today and share a Thanksgiving moment.
Please welcome Paul McCusker author of:
Adventures in Odyssey Novels
Each book holds four novels based on the popular radio drama. Essential reading for your young Odyssey fan.
Adventures in Odyssey: Passages
A six-book series in which regular kids from the town of Odyssey travel to the mysterious land of Marus, and become integral to tales that reflect stories from the Bible
The Time Thriller Trilogy:
Three teen thrillers that explore the town of Fawltline, where time shifts and people get lost in it. It's up to Jeff and his eccentric Uncle Malcolm to solve the mysteries and get everyone back where they belong
AND SOOOO MUCH MORE...
Mr. McCusker, please tell us what you're thankful for.
I'm thankful for the English teachers who put their time and energy into teaching me subjects like sentence structure, grammar, Mark Twain, poetry, William Shakespeare, essays, Raymond Chandler, and dialogue. While they were doing that, they didn't discourage me from the frivolous reading I sneaked in during some of the classes, study halls or sports activities - the paperback thrillers and science fiction and mysteries and horror. It was as if they thought reading was important enough, even though I wasn't pursuing the classics.
At the time, I had no idea they were planting seeds in my brain and heart that would eventually grow into something beautiful and life-changing. There isn't a single word or sentence that I write now that doesn't point back to their influence in my life.
So I want to thank Miss Stegner, Mrs. Baker, Mr. Jack, Mrs. Calhoun and the many others who invested themselves in my life - wherever you are.
[Note: I'm attaching a photo I'm particularly proud of: when I bumped into Neil Simon in London back in 1997.]
All the best,
Neil Simon is an American playwrite and screenwriter. He won the Pulitzer prize for drama in 1991. Some of his plays are: The Odd Couple, Their Playing Our Song, I Ought to Be in Pictures, The Good Doctor, The Sunshine boys, and The Star Spangled Gir.
What message do you have for Paul McCusker?
Paul McCusker's web site is: paulmccusker.com
Here are some of his books: