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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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.


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.

An Event-Filled Few Days at the International Christian Retail Show!

As hundreds of people walked into the Exhibit Hall after a very moving ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning, emotions were high, excitement was in the air and 362 exhibitors awaited at the Christian Book Association’s International Christian Retail Show.  Held at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the CBA’s ICRS is the largest Christian retail show in the world, and we were thrilled to be a part of it with Wendell Arnold’s new book in the show.

Wendell Arnold and his new book, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida July 15-18, 2012.

Two and a half days of meeting other authors, publishers and distributors went by so fast, and we are all so very grateful for the ability to attend.  Wendell and his wife Carolyn traveled from Oklahoma and I had the pleasure of my daughter accompanying me.  We made the three hour drive from West Palm Beach, where she is a student at Palm Beach State College.

Although Wendell and Carolyn have a home on Key Biscayne, they usually spend their summers in Oklahoma.  Not that the weather is cooler out west, the most common reason for escaping Florida in the summertime, but Wendell’s farm gets his attention during the “farming weather” months.  A condominium man at heart, he is not.  What he does have in his heart for The Village is his church, St. Christopher’s By The Sea, and all of their wonderful friends there.  You can find out how the couple wound up in Key Biscayne in his autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST.

What an interesting story it is, and Wendell’s writing style keeps the reader engaged.  Wendell tells about growing up picking cotton, marrying his high school sweetheart, and excerpts of the next 50 years of their life together with 3 children.  We have heard story after story of how hard it was for people to put the book down once they picked it up!  You can probably see what I mean by just reading Chapter One.  Take a look!  To read Chapter One, click here.  You might want to first finish reading about the ICRS and take a look at all the pictures I am going to post below, so I will remind you at the end of the blog to go read Chapter One.

So, on with pictures from the show!




Goodbye Orlando Convention Center, a great place to hold the Christian Book Association’s International Christian Retail Show!

One of the authors we met at the show, Pastor Ronald Wean, was very delightful to talk with.  He and Wendell struck up lively conversation a few different times and they found they have several things in common.  Pastor Wean is pictured above shaking hands with Wendell in the second picture.  He is the author of HEALING TRAUMATIZED CHURCHES and he has leadership trainings in trauma recognition, trauma recovery and trauma resiliency.  For more information, visit his website at rwean@sbcglobal.net.

To order Wendell Arnold’s new book, his autobiography that reads like a novel, visit his website wendellarnold.com and click on “Wendell’s Market Place” (yes I know it is one word, but not here!) to order signed copies directly from Wendell.

RETAILERS – ORDER FROM XULON PRESS THROUGH JULY 27, 2012 AND RECEIVE 50% OFF, FREE SHIPPING & DELAYED BILLING!!  Orders placed by retailers/distributors are returnable.  Call Jason Fletcher at (866) 381-2665 extension 1163.  Books may also be ordered from Spring Arbor Distributors and/or Ingram Book Company.  The ICRS special deal above through July 27 is only good through Xulon Press.

And I did not forget, click here to read chapter one of Wendell’s autobiography (that reads like a novel!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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