U.S. Army Chaplain Assistant’s Book, “Drugstore jesus”, Begins Holiday Book Tour

(PRWEB) December 17, 2004

“Drugstore jesus”, the highly anticipated new release from Bert Copple, will be the talk of the town in Erie, Pennsylvania the week before Christmas. Though Copple’s book will not be released until Christmas Day, the author’s hometown is opening their arms to the release of his book.

“I am so excited to be going home, not only for this awesome opportunity to share my book and testimony with my home town, but to visit with family and friends one last time before deploying to Iraq in 2005.”

The media coverage begins on Saturday, December 18, 2004, as both Copple and “Drugstore jesus” will be featured in an article by Robin Cuneo in the Erie Times News, Pennsylvania’s Newspaper of the Year. The article will be printed in the paper’s Faith section.

Copple will then be a guest on two radio morning shows on Thursday, December 23, 2004. The first, beginning at 8:18 a.m., will be with JET Radio 1400 AM, hosted by long-time radio veterans Jeff Johns and Randy Brewer. The interview segment is expected to run roughly twenty minutes. Copple will then switch to the FM dial as he will be a guest on the US 93.9 with host Carrie Leigh. The guest spot will start at 9 a.m.

“I’m looking forward to jumping back on the airwaves again,” said Copple, a former disc jockey and radio program manager. “There is just something so great about sharing your life and feeligs with a radio audience, and being able to hear how you have impacted someone’s life.” Copple will be giving away signed copies of his book during both radio appearances.

A release party and book signing for “Drugstore jesus” will then be held Thursday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Erie Book Store, located at 137 East 13th Street. Refreshments will be served at this event. Following the release party, Copple will travel up Peach street to Borders for a book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Borders is located off Interstate 79 at the Kearsarge exit near the Millcreek Mall.

The author-soldier homecoming will conclude on Sunday, December 26, 2004, when Copple serves as a guest speaker at the Flightpath Fellowship Church, 4749 MacMillen Drive, during their 11 a.m. service. His message will be based on his own personal testimony as well as a devotional from his book.

“Drugstore jesus” is a collection of Bert Copple’s journal entries over a twenty-one month period in which he quit his job, rededicated his life to Christ, lost sixty pounds, and enlisted in the United States Army to serve both God and country as a chaplain’s assistant. This book encourages it’s readers to rediscover their child-like faith, and to learn how a relationship with God can change their life.

The book, which starts with a short accounting of how Copple arrived at where he is today, is followed by 72 journal entries which provide insight into his spiritual walk and growth. Due to its structure, “Drugstore jesus” makes a perfect devotional for both young and old alike.

The foreword for the book is written by U.S. Army Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Karen Diefendorf, with an afterword by CJ Brooks.

Born in Conneaut, Ohio, Bert Copple was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gannon University with a B.A. in Communications. Currently he is working on his Masters of Divinity through Liberty University.

Stationed with the 3rd Squadron of the 7th U.S. Cavalry at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Copple and his Chaplain provide ministry and counseling to soldiers and spouses within the Squadron. Copple’s previous tour of duty was in Seoul, South Korea where he served as the chaplain assistant for the 25th Transportation Battalion.

Bert Copple resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife, Stephanie.

To learn more about the book, or Copple’s ministry, visit his website at www.drugstorejesus.com.