HomeNovelThe journey will be available free of charge in ebook format from 1 to 3 February 2023
The journey will be available free of charge in ebook format from 1 to 3 February 2023
January 26, 2023
Published January 26, 2023
Billups’ first book, “My Vietnam,” was a bestseller in the Vietnam War Memoirs category. The new book was inspired by John Bunyan’s immortal classic, Pilgrims Progress
WILMINGTON, NC, January 26, 2023 /24-7Press Release/ — Jack Billups, bestselling author of “My Vietnam,” has announced the release of a new Christian Fiction novel, “Christian’s Walk: The Journey.” The book will be available free of charge for a limited time in ebook format from February 1 to 3, 2023.
‘Christian’s Walk’ blends the striking insights of John Bunyan’s immortal classic, ‘Pilgrims Progress’ with illustrated imagery from storybooks. Christian’s Journey is your journey; host danger, excitement, fears, doubts, tragedies, victories and blessings. Biblical truths are presented in such a way that anyone can relate to and understand them. Insightful, Chris’ story touches the heart with reflection, conviction, guidance, comfort, and purpose.
“Christian’s Walk” brings relevant scripture to life as the king’s sons journey through a confusing and turbulent world. Christian Walk characters become our mirror images revealing the thoughts and intents of the heart.
“I decided to write this book,” Billups said, “because of this passage in the Bible: ‘How then will they call on Him whom they have not believed? How will they believe Him whom they have not heard? And how will they listen without a preacher?’ While I don’t consider myself a preacher, I have a passion for sharing my faith in Christ with a confused, stubborn and hurt world.
“With America rapidly turning to paganism, genuine Christianity is now despised and despised. Church attendance is in decline and the populace has deafened their ears at Christ’s call: ‘Come unto me all who they are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ I believed a different approach would be an effective way to present Christ.
“With a colorful cover and 38 pencil illustrations, I have created an imaginary parallel story to John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. Carefully adapted to our culture and times, the characters of ‘Christian’s Walk’ become a reflection of who we are. This it is not a typical dry Christian publication that looks ecclesiastical, but, at the same time, there is no watering down or compromising of the scriptures.
“The look and texture make ‘Christian’s Walk’ captivating and palatable. Like my first book, ‘My VIETNAM: A Gift to My Daughter’, I am optimistic that ‘Christian’s Walk’ will soon reach a bestseller list. I am delighted that both books are bringing a message of understanding and hope to the table.”
“Christian’s Walk” will be available free of charge in ebook format February 1-3, 2023 on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Christians-Walk-Journey-Jack-Billups-ebook/dp/ .. .526&sr =8-1.
Billups’ best-selling first book, “My Vietnam: A Gift to My Daughter,” is a stunning piece of writing that will likely take its place as one of the best Vietnam memoirs ever written.
“My Vietnam” is, at its core, a love story, combined with a dramatic and searing account of the experience of the Vietnam War. That experience is shared with a family member, in the most intimate way possible: a journey back to the battlefields of Vietnam.
Billups’ memoir puts the reader in a pair of combat boots and allows them to see, hear, smell, taste and touch the Vietnam combat experience in vivid detail. This is only part of the story.
“Hey dad, please share your experiences in Vietnam?” Naomi’s request set in motion a journey, 50 years into the past, like a “grunt” in the steamy jungles of Vietnam. Four months later, with her memoir completed, Naomi asked, “Dad, are we going to Vietnam, just you and me?” Could the ghosts of Vietnam’s past turn into a father and daughter blessing in the present?
George C. Colclough, Colonel Inf (retired) in the US Army, former president and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said in the introduction to the book: “Just another book about the Vietnam War? Certainly not, Jack ti leads two paths as he embarks on an extraordinary journey with his daughter. First, Jack effectively articulates his story in a way that puts the reader in the grunt’s shoes, making him feel what he’s been through and understand the daunting challenges of those who have traveled to Vietnam jungle.
“Secondly, Jack and his daughter continued this amazing adventure as they traveled back to Vietnam to return to the places where her father had so many vivid experiences. A wonderful story!”
What really sets this bestselling memoir apart is Billups’ writing style. There is no pretense; nothing seems forced or contrived, contrived or embellished. Billups presents his real-life characters in a way that makes the reader feel intimately familiar with each of the members of his very young band of brothers, warts and all. Billups tells it exactly as he was.
His style holds up to the second part of the book, describing his return to Vietnam and the astounding changes now evident in modern Vietnam. One of the highlights of the second part of the book is the reunion, which brings together those somewhat innocent young people many decades later as mature men. Readers will get a vivid look, from many angles, at how the Vietnam experience changed the lives of those who lived through it.
It’s also a gripping memoir reconciling America and Vietnam, then and now, including the culture shock of seeing Vietnam as it exists today. It offers a heartfelt and moving message to the people of both countries and a greater understanding of what the old song “Ruby” called “that crazy Asian war”.
Both readers and reviewers praised “My Vietnam: A Gift to My Daughter”. It has been called “A Beautiful Journey to Healing” and “An Inspiring and Introspective Vietnam Memoir”. One reviewer said, “The book was so good, I was sad when I finished it.” Another said, “Jack’s recollection of his time in Vietnam was beautifully detailed in his book. Not everyone wants to relive such a terrible page in our American history, but Jack was able to do an amazing job talking about events real life he lived. and came home in one piece to give such a wonderful gift that he gave to his daughter.”
Another wrote, “The book expressed my husband’s hopes for a curative response to what our armed services faced over there. My husband usually doesn’t get to read much material about the Vietnam War due to PTSD. Read it in a few days; it was that good. Our thanks to the author for addressing this topic and telling his story.”
The book will make compelling reading for veterans, spouses and children of veterans, and others who have been influenced in any way by serving in any branch of the military, as the memoir includes the years before and after his service in Vietnam, including the effect his Vietnam tour had on his family.
Jack Billups is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. ‘Christian’s Walk: The Journey’ is available in ebook and paperback on Amazon. ‘My Vietnam: A Gift to My Daughter’ is available on Amazon in Kindle, paper and audio formats. More information is available on the Billups website at https://myvietnambook.com.
About Jack Billups:
As a 19-year-old Army volunteer, Sgt. Jack Billups was awarded the Bronze Star with Attachment V. He was awarded the Air Medal, which went to those who participated in combat air missions. Assigned to the 1st Air Calvary Infantry as an M60 gunner, Jack served in the steamy jungles near the Ho Chi Minh Trail along the Cambodian border.
Jack grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s in a peaceful, elderly Southern California community dotted with chicken farms. He is a dependable and talented “everyman” who makes no claim to his service in Vietnam except for being a patriotic American who did “the right thing” as he saw it. He has maintained this attitude throughout his life. Asked by his daughter to talk about his military experience, he started writing it and ended up expounding forgotten memories and emotions of 50 years of jungle warfare, culminating in a trip back to Vietnam with his daughter.
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