resident, Bob Keith Bonebrake, will launch his newest book at the Collinsville
Library, Sunday March 24 from 2 until 5 p.m.
The new book, entitled One Lousy Friday Before Easter, is an unusual
hybrid including a personal memoire, a short biography of Bonebrakes
late sister Marilyn Bonebrake LaPointe, combined with a Christian apologetic
or defense of the Christian Faith. The story is a personal reflection
on faith lost in grief and reclaimed in rationality. The author will
discuss and read selections from the book during the event, beginning
at about 3 p.m. Several chapters in the book deal with local Collinsville
events and residents.
Bonebrake says one of his primary reasons for writing the book was to
provide a way to raise funds for the new Marilyn Bonebrake LaPointe
Scholarship at Oral Roberts University. Both Marilyn and Bob were graduates
of ORU. All proceeds from the first year of book sales will go to the
scholarship and Bonebrake will give a signed, personal gift copy of
the book to the first 1,000 people donating $30 or more to the scholarship
Bonebrake, a Collinsville High School graduate, had a long career as
a journalist, editor and writer in Oklahoma, Washington D.C. and California.
During the early 1980s he served the international wire service the
Associated Press as state sports editor for Oklahoma. During that time
he covered a National Championship season for the University of Oklahomas
football team, including the Heisman Trophy season for running back
Billy Sims. Later, he was a long-time chief Business/Oil Editor for
the Tulsa World. Additionally, he also worked as the Sports Information
Director at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, filling that role during
one of the most productive eras in ORU athletics. During his tenure
pitcher Mike Moore was the number one pick in the nation during the
Major League Baseball draft. In addition he handled publicity and marketing
for the Midwest regional basketball tournaments for both the NCAA and
NIT national championships. In a rare move, both groups selected ORUs
Mabee Center for its regional tournament in the same year.
|What others are
saying about One Lousy Friday Before Easter:
"What you walk away with after reading this book will be profound.
If you let it, it can be the kind of experience that you will never forget."
- Dr. Phil Cooke, filmmaker and bestselling author (Jolt, One Big Thing,
"Bob combines a painful personal story with a powerful Christian
apologetic, to provide a book that can benefit both doubters and believers."
-Dr. Mark Rutland, bestselling author (ReLaunch, Resurrection, Power)
Third President, Oral Roberts University