Frank A.J. Braun

Biography

Frank A.J. Braun was born and reared on a small farm in Osage Bend, Missouri, the second of eight children. After three years of undergraduate study and two years of law at St. Louis University, he entered the United States Air Force where he served as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigation. While stationed in Tokyo, Japan he completed a B.A. degree at Sophia University in 1956.

Upon completion of his tour of duty, he worked one year for the FBI and then put his investigative training to good use, spending the next thirty-six years in claims work with State Farm Insurance. During this time he graduated with an M.A. in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington. Since retiring in 1994, Frank has spent his time in research and writing.
Frank and his wife Evelyn made their home in Billings, Montana. They had four children and five grandchildren. Evelyn passed away in 1999.

In addition to being active in his Catholic Parish and community organizations, Frank has been a member of Christian Family Movement, Cursillo Movement, Catholic Charismatic Movement, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Business Men’s Fellowship and the Association of Christian Therapists. Frank has been an active member and an officer in most of the organizations with which he has been involved. He has participated in numerous conventions and conferences; he also does public speaking and prayer ministry. For the past 30 years Frank, and his wife until her death, also coordinated weekend Word and Communion Services for their parish at a large nursing home complex.

Smashwords Interview

What led you to an interest in writing?
My mother, though having only an eighth grade education, was an avid reader. Living in an isolated Missouri farm community, she seldom got to Jefferson City, but when she did she would bring home an arm full of books from the Missouri State Library for her and us children.

At an early age I developed a desire for an education. When I graduated from our small elementary school during World War II there were no regular means of transportation to a high school. Nevertheless, an uncle arranged for my older sister and me, along with two of his sons, to attend high school while working at a nearby hospital for room and board; our starting salary was $2.00 per month. Washing dishes, folding laundry and scrubbing floors only increased my desire to excel.

My own interest in writing started the second semester of my junior year of high school. Christian Brother Liguori started (and startled) our class, saying, “Open your grammar books to page one. When I graded your tests from last semester, I realized you don’t know your English." He thereupon introduced us to sentence diagramming and other challenging exercises, which I took to like a duck does to water. This course served me well through college and my later professions.
When did you start writing?
My job as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigation, USAF, required writing detailed, factual reports. They were expected to be not only an accurate summation of the facts, but orderly and well written. Upon entering civilian life as an insurance investigator and claims handler, I found myself under a superintendent who was a stickler for reporting. This was not a burden, but a challenge which I relished.

Upon starting to write my first book, I found it required a different style of writing. Whereas report writing requires the writer to compile the subject matter of a case in condensed form, I discovered the subject matter in a book needs to be embellished just as leaves, blooms and husks provide elegance for fruit, nuts and grain. Thus my natural style of writing is more like that found in a handbook, however, I am hopeful that that the reader's interest is captured by the same fascination that led me to explore the subjects in my books.
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Books

The Evolution of Homo sapiens: A Spiritual and Scientific Perspective
Price: Free! Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
A look at human evolution focusing on the role of the spirit in the human cognitive system.
The Ego, Super-ego and Id
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
With text and two figures (Pyramid Model of the Human Soul; Cognitive Model of the Soul), author Frank Braun explains from a spiritual AND scientific point of view how humans process stimuli and information using the ego (mind), super-ego (spirit) and id (body). This paper serves as an introduction to longer ebook works by the author: "The Spirit and Me" and "The Unruly Spirit."
The Spirit and Me: In Ministry, the Greater Call
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 90,710. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Pneumatology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
"The Spirit and Me" examines the historical and present-day relationship between the Triune God and humanity, as well as the make-up of the human soul and how its components--mind, body and spirit--interact and affect each individual's well-being. Drawing on scripture, as well as many areas of science, "The Spirit and Me" is an extensive look at the role of God and the spirit in everyday life.
The Unruly Spirit: A New Look at Human Behavior
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Christian studies, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
“The Unruly Spirit” theorizes a new and unique understanding of human consciousness supported by descriptive graphic models. Emphasis is on the role of the human spirit in the cognitive process, especially the habitual behavioral norms. The book is a composite of theology, philosophy, psychology and science.

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