Sunday, December 25, 2016

Lafayette pediatrician, Methodist lay minister Dr. Bryan Sibley publishes personal 'short course in Christianity'

            In honor of today being Christmas, I’m passing along news of a new Louisiana book that’s apropos for today’s celebration. Dr. Bryan Sibley, a pediatrician who practices in Lafayette, doubles as a certified lay minister in the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. His latest book is “God First: Setting Life’s Priorities” by Acadian House Publishing of Lafayette.
“The book is especially designed to help the reader set his/her priorities in life so that God is first, family is second, and everything else is third,” Sibley said in a recent press release.
Dr. Bryan Sibley
Sibley is president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and devotes much of his practice to the care of children with special healthcare needs. His book, a compact volume which Acadian House described as “a short course in basic Christianity,” contains writings about several of the core values of Christianity. According to the press release, the book is intended to support and encourage Christians and non-Christians alike on their journeys of faith, inspire them to greater compassion for the poor, encourage tithing as an act of faith and re-affirm the value of forgiveness and reconciliation as a path to peace of mind.
The book is also meant to re-awaken the reader’s belief in miracles — those supernatural occurrences that cannot be explained by natural law or by medical science. Sibley relates the stories of three miracles that he witnessed, one in which involved the restoration of sight to a blind child who was fervently prayed over by members of a medical mission trip in Peru. He relates how, with the help of his minister, he was able to reprioritize his life, putting God first and “truly walking by faith and not by sight.”
The 96-page hardcover book sells for $14, plus $4 shipping. Signed copies are available through www.godfirstthebook.com and www.acadianhouse.com.

New releases
Sidney P. Bellard, a native of Port Barre and graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL), has published “A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilations,” available at Amazon.com in digital and print version. The retired educator relates in his book three different cultures where he encountered challenges such as the language barrier, lack of family educational values, relative poverty, discrimination and the chains of insecurity. Eventually, he developed two major drives that were antithetical to each other, to master the English language and to achieve literacy in standard French.
Steven Burgauer has published a wartime thriller titled, “Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou,” available as an ebook through Amazon.com. The book intertwines historic people, events and locales of World War II with a fictional Nazi plot to disrupt the manufacture of Higgins boats, the Allied landing craft built in New Orleans and used in the invasion of Normandy as well as other battles. The story, covering two weeks during the summer of 1942, includes the amphibious landings at Gavutu and Guadalcanal, the Navajo code talker school near San Diego, the secret world of Bletchley Park, England, and the Allied invasion of North Africa.
Diane Donovn of Midwest Book Review said this of the book: “In a war that rips apart entire worlds, who can truly be the winner? Add a dash of romance to the intrigue for a solid World War II thriller that’s intricate, frighteningly realistic, and hard to put down.” 


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Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.