What Would Your Smoke Signals Say?

Children these days have a hard time believing that their parents did not have cell phones when they were their age, or at least when they were teenagers.  Some of those parents, back in the day, found it hard to believe that their parents didn’t have phones in their homes until they were teenagers.  And those parents who grew up without a phone in their home heard stories from their parents about how they communicated.

The ability to communicate has always been a constant need of mankind, Wendell Arnold writes in his autobiography, telling about what a difference having a phone made when he was in an isolated situation.  He continues with how his grandpa told them about talking with smoke signals, and he writes,  We told him that was just a tale but he proceeded to show how it was done.  It was fascinating to see him putting up different rings of smoke.  It was a fastidious art.  The problem as I saw it was someone had to be on the other end of the communication.  Someone had to read those signals.  

Reading this, I wondered what the different rings and things would mean.  What would be the need for someone to communication like this?  A plea for help perhaps, what else would someone have to say to whoever might see it?  And in Oklahoma in the 1920’s, sending up smoke signals to give your location might not be such a wise idea.  Depends who you are I guess, but being an Indian wasn’t the popular thing to be back then.  So how about you?  What would your smoke signals say?

Wendell continues writing, Communication is so important.  When we asked Grandpa if God read his smoke signals, he looked at us with red devil eyes.  I never could connect the dots with that look.  As life’s little pieces were put together I figured that communication with his god through prayer was not part of his repertoire.  Perhaps that was where Dad got his agnostic view of religion.  You are what you are, Grandpa would say.  I wondered later what makes a man desert his family of nine kids and take up with a woman half his age to go gallivanting around the country.

He then tells of a story his aunt related about running into Grandpa’s mistress while she was out shopping one day.  You can read about this humorous encounter in his autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  Telephone orders may be placed by calling (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But the only place you can order a signed copy is wendellarnold.com, where you can pay using your credit card, PayPal or mail us a check.

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Marrying as a Minor

Marrying as teenagers and staying together for 50 years is almost unheard of these days.  Wendell and Carolyn Arnold are not just still together after 53 years of marriage, they are still deeply in love with one another and it is evident just being around them.  Their love and devotion to each other is one of a kind.

And did you know that back in 1960 the legal age for males to get married was 21 but the legal age for females was 18?  Perhaps it was figured that girls mature faster than boys and therefore they are more qualified to make such a decision at an earlier age?  At any rate Wendell was not even of legal age, he was 19 and Carolyn 18 when they married.  To get around this “age” thing, they had Wendell’s dad sign for the marriage certificate.

Wendell goes on in the story to tell about when he told Carolyn’s dad they were going to get married.  His friend with whom this dialog was exchanged exclaimed, “Told her dad!” and the the communications he relays are entertaining and sweet.  Like how Wendell’s mom told him when he left for college, ‘See that every day is marked by at least one special act of love.’  It is a great story for all ages.

You can get your signed copy at wendellarnold.com.  Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  Telephone orders may be placed by calling (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But the only place you can order a signed copy is wendellarnold.com, where you can pay either via PayPal or send us a check.

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What do you think? Is our destiny predetermined?

Right away, Wendell asks some deep questions in his autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST.  He begins the book with a story about when he was faced with a life or death situation.

  • Is our destiny predetermined?
  • Do we have a choice to determine our own destiny within the bounds that are predetermined?
  • If that be the case, where do I stand tonight?

Dr. Arnold poses these questions, and goes on to ponder his predicament.  Thought provoking questions they are, and Wendell Arnold’s experience considering such questions is a thrilling read.  An intriguing story indeed, and you can get your signed copy at wendellarnold.com!

Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  Telephone orders may be placed by calling (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But the only place you can order a signed copy is wendellarnold.com, where you can either pay via PayPal or mail us a check with a copy of the invoice.  

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And if you missed yesterday’s post, make sure you check it out!  Click the link below to read the exciting excerpt!

 

An exciting excerpt from Dr. Wendell Arnold’s autobiography

Wendell Arnold’s autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, reads more like a novel and will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Stories I have heard all my life still gripped me like I’d never heard them before, and as I read the pages I couldn’t help but envision the events like they were right there happening, like has never happened before.  Here is one of those stories:

We had now been skiing several years and thought we were invincible.  We loved to ski in the trees and see how deep we could sink into the powder.  We would wind our way parallel to the mountain to find nests of trees to go through.  Carolyn was leading the way and came upon a ridge that was very icy.  She leaned over to survey whether or not it could be negotiated on skis.

We were skiing with the old bindings that had leather safety straps.  In subsequent years, the manufacturers came out with safer bindings that would release your ski and still it stayed behind in the snow.  She kept leaning over to make sure we could manage it and she started sliding.  It wasn’t very long before she was out of control falling end over end.  Her skis were banging against her head and body.  She lost her poles, hat and sunglasses.  We stood at the top of the hill and peered down at the vertical icy slope.  We could see Carolyn at the base of the mountain.  She appeared lifeless and she was face down in the snow.  We wanted to reach the base as quickly as possible but we knew the vertical drop was impossible to ski.  We did not want to end up in the condition she was in so we took off our skis and walked down between the trees to reach Carolyn.

“Carolyn,” I yelled.

No answer.  My pulse was racing.  I began to think about the skier who had been killed the week before at this same resort.  He had done some stupid trick and lost control and hit a tree.  We learned later that the ski patrol had marked the area off limits with a rope and signs saying no skiing.  We stupidly had entered the area just below the signs.

As we made our way through the trees, we could see one of her ski poles stuck in the icy mountain.  It looked as if someone had driven a ski into a wall.  I looked at Carolyn and I couldn’t tell if she had any broken bones.  I was very concerned that she might have a broken neck.  I knew that time was of the essence but I also knew we couldn’t be reckless as we continued through the trees.

Her face was turned to the side and I could see that she was not in danger of suffocating.  Thank God, I prayed, but where are the angels that were supposed to be riding on her shoulder?

As we reached Carolyn’s side I asked, “Are you okay?”  She replied just like a tough Oklahoman, “I am okay.  I have a busted lip and feel as if I can hardly walk, but it could be much worse.”

As we went on to the bottom of the mountain we all decided that we would pack it in for this ski trip.  The other two couples were leaving that evening and I felt Carolyn was much more shaken than what she acknowledged.  As we sat in the condo watching TV we both thanked God that the accident had not turned deadly.

Wendell goes on to tell the events of that particular evening and what happens next is a jaw dropping, unbelievable, give you the goosebumps kind of story.  It leaves him convinced that miracles do occur to common people who believe in a superior power or being.

Wendell  and Carolyn experienced much activity throughout the past 52 years and he writes about many amazing, exciting times in his book, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST.  In addition, Dr. Arnold tells about his childhood, growing up picking cotton and being from a family of nine kids whose parents were share croppers.  An intriguing story, a must read, and you can order your signed copy at wendellarnold.com!

Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  Telephone orders may be placed by calling (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But the only place you can order a signed copy is wendellarnold.com!

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Dr. Wendell Arnold tells of his first big decision

In Chapter Two of Wendell Arnold’s autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, Wendell tells of his first big decision.  After being singled out by the teacher in music appreciation class, Wendell thought he would rather stay at home and help on the farm.  He figured his family needed his help more than he needed the second grade anyway.

Wendell tells his story in such a way that puts the reader right there in the living room, watching the dialog between Wendell and his parents as they discuss his news.  And his hilarious experience plowing peanuts, I could feel the frustration he must have felt while I cracked up laughing at the same time.  Beautifully written, Dr. Arnold’s story FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST is a must read for all.

You can get your copy, signed by the author, at wendellarnold.com.  Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the nook, kindle and google e-book.  To order by telephone, call (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But you can only get your signed copy at wendellarnold.com, where you can either pay by PayPal or send us a check.  All the details are on wendellarnold.com, so check it out!

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Another Review Is In!

Our newest review is one of my favorite, and the story behind it is pretty cute too.

A friend of Wendell’s purchased his book, read it, and really enjoyed it.  This friend had a friend who was bed-ridden and this guy says to him, “I just read a great book, I’m going to bring it over to you to, it’ll give you something good to do,” to which the bed-ridden man replied, “No thanks, I’m not much of a reader.”  Well the guy brings it to the man anyway and asks him to at least give it a try and read the first chapter.

A week later, the man gets in touch with Wendell and says to him,

That is the best book I’ve ever read.  Not like I’ve read many books, but it was so good it ought to be on a mandatory reading list for everyone!

The story doesn’t end there though.  Perhaps the reason it’s one of my favorites is because I just love what a “small world” it is.  As it turns out, this guy went to the same high school as Wendell but was two grades behind him.  Remembering one another from high school, one would never know as they chatted that over 50 years had passed.

I just love stories like that!  There are also many great stories in Wendell Arnold’s autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, where he tells about growing up picking cotton and becoming a world renowned scientist with faith in God.  You can order your signed copy at wendellarnold.com!  Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, as well as on the kindle, nook and google e-book.

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Have you ordered your signed copy of Wendell Arnold’s intriguing story?

Wendell Arnold’s newly released autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, is a must read for everyone, and especially those who think that religion, science and environmental improvement don’t mix.

Wendell Arnold skillfully tells his story of being from a family of nine kids, growing up picking cotton and becoming a world renowned scientist with faith in God.  This autobiography is very unique, reading more like a suspense novel.  The experience in the cotton patch to dealing with corporate political challenges, environmental issues and legal avenues blended with raising a family paints the picture of a managed life.  The adventures take more twists and turns than a rattlesnake chasing his prey.

You can order your signed copy at wendellarnold.com.  It is also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, as well as on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  But wendellarnold.com is the only place you can order it signed by Wendell himself!

 

A story full of suspense, drama and action

“As agronomy is the care of the soil and Dr. Arnold’s life work, he shares with the reader his care for the soul as he travels through life in this insightful autobiography.  The reader becomes a visitor in the lively dialog among family members and colleagues as Dr. Arnold reveals conflicts and resolutions in the world of faith and science.  His subtle sense of humor adds a light touch to this amazing journey.” – Anne S. Owens, President Samar Publishing, Inc.

As Ms. Owens describes, Wendell’s story reads more like a novel than an autobiography, where the reader becomes a visitor in the lively dialog.  This is a story that is full of suspense, drama and action, where the reader feels as if they are right there watching it happen.  It is truly a page turner, see for yourself and CLICK HERE TO READ CHAPTER ONE if you haven’t already.

It is a must read, and you can get your signed copy at wendellarnold.com!  Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.

Biased?

At first I thought I might be biased, that I loved Wendell Arnold’s book so much because he is my father.  But then I thought, wait a minute – if I were to be biased, it would be in the other direction I think!  You see, if someone would have asked me 2 years ago if I thought my dad could write a best seller, I would have told them no.  But wait!!  Hear me out… well actually you would know why I might be inclined to think that if you read his book.  And the truth is, I never really knew he could write something like a book!

Christmas, 2010, we were at my parent’s house in Key Biscayne having dinner.  After dinner, my dad came up to me, handed me a few pieces of paper and said, “Read this and tell me what you think.”  Captivated, I read 9 typed pages of what seemed to be the beginning of a great story, and when I finished reading, I exclaimed, “What is this?  Where’s the rest?  I want to read what happens next!”  He chuckled that deep, quiet laugh that is classic Wendell, and whispered, “I wrote it.”  “What?!”  I said, hardly believing what I heard.  He humbly replied, “Ya, I’ve been thinking about writing a book,” and I immediately told him I’d be his number one fan and do anything I could to help.

Well it’s hard to compete with my mom for number one fan, a spot she surely deserves anyway, so he named me his number one agent.  For over a year, he mailed me his hand written pages, I typed and mailed them back.  My mom edited the manuscript and did some typing as well, then I ran with it, taking care of the publishing and marketing, and I have to tell you, we make a darn good team!  And what continues to amaze me is the way the book captivated me and made me laugh and cry the tenth time I read it, same as the first.  Now that’s a good book.  So am I biased?  Ya, probably, but I still find myself shocked that my dad is such a great author.

You can get your signed copy at wendellarnold.com!  Also available at xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and on the kindle, nook and google eBook.  But wendellarnold.com is the only place you will get it signed by Wendell himself!

Faith and Science

Yesterday I posted chapter one of Wendell’s autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, and if you missed it, you can read it by either scrolling down or clicking on “previous post” at the end of this post, depending on how you got here.

I just received another message from someone who couldn’t put the book down, she loved it so much!  Thank you Kelly!  And my husband Dave, he read it in three days – you got that right – 3 days!!  Why it amazes me so much is because he is not a “reader”.  Reading books just isn’t his cup of tea, he’s more of a Florida Sportsman guy, and that’s it.  I seriously thought I was going to have to nag him all summer to read it, but all it took was a stormy day with no t.v. reception and out of boredom he picked it up.  He read for hours, then the next day when I turned on the t.v. he said, “I think I’m gonna read,” and I about fell out of my chair!  I turned the t.v. off and he read until 11:00, after I reminded him twice how early he had to get up the next day.

So if you don’t want to miss out on reading one of the best books I believe you will ever read, go to wendellarnold.com and order your signed copy today!

And I will leave you with another wonderful review …

“Faith and Science.  Can one person truly emote to these two different worlds?  In this book, the autobiographer reveals his unwavering deep faith, while overcoming many challenges as he lived a professional life as a well respected and successful scientist.  Read on and discover a true story that is deep in meaning, yet inter spaced with happy family memories and light diversions.  The reader will have much to ponder long after the end of the book.” – Jo Watkins