Dr. Russ Holloman’s in-depth theological discussions with his wife were the inspiration for his latest book.
Holloman, a retired Air Force psychologist, private therapist and college professor, released And Now, A Word From Our Creator in October through WestBow Press, a Christian book-publishing company.
Holloman said he and his wife, Lenora, who passed away in September 2008, had evening devotionals in which they agreed to discuss a single word.
“We became fascinated with it,” Holloman said.
“All those one little words, we made them part of our evening devotions. ... I told her one day how much (it meant) to me to have discussed those words with her. She said, ‘Write a book.’ ”
Holloman used more than 60 words, including adultery, compassion, fear, grace, humility, prayer, prudence, sin and worry, as the basis for the 282-page book he hopes is a guide for moral thinking and behavior.
“I consider each of those separate words sort of a mini-sermon,” Holloman said. “I have tried to write from both a theological and a psychological viewpoint.
“You have to become active to relate to it, to understand it. You have to invest yourself in it and involve yourself in it. That was the joy that Lenora and I had.”
Holloman said his wife and their marriage also inspired a second book, Making Marriage User-Friendly: The Helping Solution, which he expects to be out in the summer.
“We had an idyllic marriage (for) 59 years,” Holloman said.
“The biggest conflicts we ever had was on Sunday after church trying to decide where to go for lunch.”
Already, Holloman is working on a third book with the working title After the Word ‘To Love,’ ‘To Help’ Is Most Beautiful.
“I’ve been given some time that she wasn’t,” Holloman said. “I have to use it constructively. ... I owe it to Lenora. It’s for her, not for me.”
Holloman said he’s donating all proceeds from his books to the Columbia County Library. His first book is available from www.amazon.com and most local bookstores.