FEATURED PROFILE: Author and Chaplain, Dave Moore
Jan 18, 2012
In my “many” years of living, I have come to believe in many things. I believe everybody has a purpose and their lives are meant to hold value and impact in other’s lives regardless of their past, failures, doubts or story. I believe that no matter how painful, long or difficult a situation is to endure, there is always something to learn and offer that will change our lives forever if we allow. I also believe certain people have different journeys that test their character to find their strength in what they truly believe or to realize the level of growth that is needed.
One thing that I don’t believe in is coincidence. To me, nothing happens by chance or luck. Crossing the path of Dave Moore not only reaffirmed those things I believe in but clearly demonstrates that lives intersect, impact and influence other’s lives for a reason.
Not to anyone’s surprise who have read previous featured profiles, I crossed the path of Dave Moore and his wife, Dorinda, on Facebook. Like so many that friend me, he was yet another writer. While I meet people, especially writers, I am not usually drawn to someone at first meeting. Something was different with Dave.
After the usual, hi and welcomes, he simply shared about his family and his love for his work. He told me that he is a chaplain serving through Victorious Life Church of God in Ypsilanti, Michigan. What struck me most was that he volunteers to pray with the sick and the lost in hospitals, nursing homes, prison, and jails. I know personally the great need of someone to simply be there in the worst of times, not to criticize or counsel, maybe not even talk, but just be there and pray. He also wrote of the love of his life, Dorinda, and his three sons, Shane, Adam, and David.
In the midst of trying to encourage Dave, I found myself being encouraged by him, his amazing story, deep and passionate love for his family and a tenderness that seems rare these days.
I was so moved by the synopsis of his book, which is his amazing true story of anguish in going through a father’s worst nightmare—a missing child, that I approached Dave to ask if he would be willing to send me a copy. Wow! Much more than a story about the reuniting of a son to his father, the book sends you on a compelling ride of something Dave did not expect to find…faith. After reading it, I knew I had to do a feature profile on Dave and his book.
In collaboration with his wife, Dorinda, Dave wrote the 106-page book over the last five years. Allow me to tell you more about Dave Moore and his new book, “The Father’s Love.”
“The drive home seemed to be endless. My mind was a battleground of extremes. Ideas of what to do next to help find David seemed to constantly flood my thinking. Yet the negative side, thinking the worst of what might have happened to my son, was always occupying my mind. Though sleep was dearly needed, it was not welcomed, for even in sleep I was tormented.”
Confronting depression, fatigue, and evil, Dave Moore goes on a cross-country search for his missing son. Becoming increasingly desperate and having done all that is humanly possible without results, what will he do? Who will he turn to? In this amazing true story, you will experience Dave Moore’s anguish in going through a father’s worst nightmare—a missing child. Through his fear, Dave confronts his soul’s emptiness and learns the heavenly Father’s Love.
(Dave’s son, David had been home worrying about his first year of college at Eastern Michigan University. His grades were declining and the semester was almost at its end. On a snap decision to avoid letting his father down, David bought a bus ticket and ventured south, leaving a note behind:)
“Dad, this is by far the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. I’ve come to this point by my own stupidity and laziness. I struggled this semester, by far the most I ever have throughout my schooling days. After realizing I couldn’t salvage it, I’ve decided I need to leave. Although I love you with all my heart, I can’t bear to see your reaction to my screw up. I would rather brave this tough world alone than feel like I’ve let you down or failed you. My frustration runs deep, and though it may seem like I am taking it out on you, I am not. It is just the fact that I don’t know how else to handle my current situation. I figured if I kept it under wraps I could somehow turn it around. Please don’t feel down or as if this is your fault. I’ve reached this point alone, and so I must deal with it alone too. Every bird has to leave the nest sometime; my time is now. I woke up every day hoping that I still had a chance to change it all. Thank you for all your support, and maybe one day this will all be behind me. Please don’t hate me.”
“A beautiful testimony of the love of both an earthly father and our heavenly Father!”
Pastor Justin & Jaime Stewart
Abundant Life Church of God – Lakeland, FL
“The Father’s Love” is one man’s story but a journey of everyone who has loved greatly, lost, and searched only to find a greater love. I laughed, cried and rejoiced in a story that cannot help but to touch the life of every reader. This is a book you must share with everyone! Amazing story.”
Charlotte Hunt, speaker, counselor, and award-winning author of “Damaged Goods: Learning to Dream Again” and “Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly and Trust Completely: What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up”
Dave Moore is a Chaplain serving in the Church of God, through Victorious Life Church of God,Ypsilanti, Michigan. His ministry is to those who need hope wherever they may be. He is a first time author of the book, “The Father’s Love” which was published by Tate Publishing and is available in bookstores, through the publisher, internet, and his website at www.thefatherslovebook.com.
Dave Motto: “I believe that ALL things are possible with God. That is how I live and pray.”
Purchase “The Father’s Love.” at:
Barnes and noble
Here’s Dave’s Contact Information:
Like him on his Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fathers-Love/180682341949676
Book Review: www.cherylcope.com/the-fathers-love-by-dave-moore
Ann Arbor.com Article: www.annarbor.com/faith/while-trying-to-find-his-son-a-father-finds-his-faith/