How to Draw a Cartoon
Artist in Residence
About the Author
This is the foreword by Gary Harbo
Since you are going to take the time out of your busy life to read my book, you are entitled to know why I was driven to write it. After all, I am a children’s book author and illustrator. Not even a national figure in that light. To make matters worse, I’m self-published, which makes me a very small (virtually insignificant) fish in a huge ocean of thunderous sharks churning up the feeding waters known as the publishing arena. I have to spend nearly every waking moment trying to figure out how to compete and survive amongst these huge fighting machines that swirl the water intending to destroy any newcomers threatening their meal.
Yet in spite of scratching out this hard fought little niche that provides a modest living, I stopped in my tracks and took on this project, which didn’t even remotely fit into my business plan. Why would I take on a project that doesn’t even fit into my business plan (my wife wondered the same thing for quite awhile)? There is only one answer. I have been moved by the Holy Spirit. It’s almost like one of those 50,000 volt tasers prodded me to “Get-er-Done.” (Luckily my wife doesn’t have one.) It was a slow burn a few years ago, but now it’s a raging fire. I have no choice. Nothing else is as important right now in my life, than serving the Lord. Nothing!
I may trip, fall and totally confuse my family and perhaps anger my friends, but I know what God has put me on earth to do. He has saved me from myself, (much more about that in the next chapter) so that I might have the opportunity to make the difference in one solitary life. When all on earth is said and done, and I am standing before God, I would not want to explain to Him why I accepted the gifts He blessed me with but did not use them for the benefit of His glory. Not after He was willing to give me His very Son, in grace, to save me from myself and deliver me from the prince of darkness who rules over so much of this world. (My life bears witness to the effectiveness of Satan, especially where pride and alcohol is concerned. The contents were highly combustible.) I am now at a point in my life where it is time to thank our Lord and Savior with the best effort that I can put forth on His behalf. You can be the judge as to whether it was worthwhile. I only pray that the Holy Spirit will work in you, so that you can come to understand how important it is to take up the battle on behalf of our Lord. Your presence in this conflict between “truth” and deception is so desperately needed. You are the next generation of Christ’s soldiers in the battle for truth. You must know the truth, so that it can set you free. The battle is everywhere my friends and there is no greater fight! Those who engage in the fight for truth will be greatly rewarded, for you are literally pulling captives out of the darkness. They will have an eternity to thank you. I know, because I was one of the lost souls who was pulled out.