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I, David Bush, would like to take the time to thank you for your interest in my books. I have not been an author for long, but I do have a desire to help people and to share my experience and interests with people.
I know some of you are wondering who I am, so I will write a little something about myself.
I was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania by fine Christian parents. I accepted Jesus as my savior at a young age and was raised in a Methodist Church. I have stayed true to Jesus to this day.
In 1977, a good friend invited me to a Christian convention in New Wilmington, PA where I had a powerful, life-changing experience that has helped me immensely! An experience some people call the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. That was wonderful and this experience still has an effect on my life all these years later.
The Holy Spirit helped me work through many issues in my my life including an inability to feel secure in my faith and with the difficult time I had being comfortable in Jesus as a gay Christian.
As for my sexual orientation I knew I was gay from a very young age, although I didn't know exactly what it was back then. I knew, however, I liked other men.
I did date girls at one time and I loved them as good friends and I enjoyed their company, but I did not love them as a man is expected to love a woman. I did end up marrying a woman who I loved as a friend, but who I could not love as a wife. How or why that happened, I don't fully understand. But I do know it happens to a lot of gay people. Needless to say, this marriage didn't last. It couldn't because I couldn't fulfill my marital duties to her.
Even so, I stayed "in the closet" for years for many reasons. I did not even want to admit my sexual orientation, even to myself, although a few people knew I was gay. A lot of other people thought they knew I was gay', but they didn't know it officially. Their intrusive presumptions bothered me and made me angry!
I didn't know how people would react to my "coming out" in spite of many rumors to that effect. I wasn't sure I wanted to "come out" because emotionally I wasn't ready, because I didn't know how this would hurt my witness for Jesus and because I didn't want to hurt my family.
I believe my parents always knew I was gay, but they didn't want to know it. I guess I respected that, and we all were more comfortable with this arrangement. Never the less, both of my parents did welcome Doug into the family before they died. This was a beautiful thing to have happen.
I met my wonderful, loving partner, Doug, who worked in a restaurant I used to frequent. We became good friends and on March, 21, 2005, we gave our hearts to each other and he has been my one and only spouse ever since. We've been very happy ever since. Wow! What a first day of spring!
In addition to being a gay man who loves Jesus and who has a wonderful spouse, I have a few interests which have captivated me on and off throughout my entire life. But as all of these things cycled in and out of my head and my heart, a few prominent interests seem to keep me captivated very consistently.
The top of the list has to be trains. I have loved trains my whole life. I love watching them, riding them, listening to them and I loved the beauty, nostalgia and the prestige that surrounded them. I love the exhaustive history, technology and engineering which goes into trains, track and the mechanical and electrical systems found on the rails. I guess it was always in my blood and everybody knew it! I was widely known as an avid rail fan and there were just no two ways about it!
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work for three different railroads, and on two of them, I was a locomotive engineer, a freight and passenger conductor and a signal maintainer.
I also want to share with you that I was a long-haul truck driver for a few years. I loved the job most of the time, although the road got pretty long sometimes, but for me, anyway, the big trucks did not have the same glory and splendor a train has.
I am also interested in electricity and alternative energy. Even as a kid, I used to design wind mills and low-voltage lighting systems in my head, which were suitable for a tree house or a camp. I still enjoy doing this, but now the systems I design could be used in a house or a small business.
In fact, the last few power outages we have had, we still had a few lights when our neighbors had none. These systems won't power the whole city, but it does give us some help when we need it. Help in the form of electricity. That is pretty cool!
Thank you once again for taking the time to look at my books (Just one now, but I do have plans to write more). I also want to thank you for taking the time to read my bio.
I hope you are enjoying your reading experience and find these words interesting and inspiring. Best regards to you always.