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Local man pens book on faith

April 18, 2011
By Diane Speer - New Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News

A lifelong quest for Hubbard Lake resident Mike Cornelius has always been to convey his faith in simple terms.

He currently spends three days a week ministering to some of this area's less fortunate, hoping to put the message of God's love for them into words they can easily understand. Now he also has put his faith convictions into writing.

Cornelius has just published a 40-page softcover book called "What God Wants!" and will have a book signing this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Olivet Book and Gift in downtown Alpena. Printed at Sarge Publications in Alpena, the informal book breaks down in easy terms what Cornelius believes is God's plan for life.

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"About three week ago, the Lord gave me this and in three day's time, I wrote it on a legal pad and there it is," Cornelis said. "I go with fear and trembling, because who am I to say what God wants? I am just trying to be obedient."

Most Sundays Cornelius visits the Alcona County Jail, on Wednesdays he's at the Sunrise Mission and on Fridays, it's the Sunrise Rehabilitation Center. Not only has he been able to help others, but his service also has been a learning experience for himself.

"These are things that God has taught me in the last few years as I've been teaching in the jail, in the homeless shelter and in the rehab center," he said. "I also teach a new believer's class at the church."

Cornelius said he's not trying to appeal to the theologian in writing "What God Wants!" Instead, he envisions using his new book as a teaching tool while working with people at all three locations.

He also will make his book readily available for free to whoever expresses an interest. A total of 1,000 copies were printed and will be available for $3.99 at Olivet to help recover the cost of printing.

"My lifelong quest is just to put into simple terms so the average person can grasp what God wants, what the Bible wants, why we're here and what makes life work," said Cornelius, who backs all of his written thoughts up with scripture taken from the Bible.

More than anything, Cornelius hopes that those who read his book come away with the understanding that God loves them.

"I want people to come away with a sense of how good God is and what a joy it is to serve him," he said. "He has awesome plans for us."

Cornelius, also a nature photographer and Hubbard Lake historian, has previously written "Hubbard Lake Michigan Reflections....1600 to early 1900s" and Hubbard Lake Panoramas & Personalities....1900 to 1950s."



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