~~ Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Wood is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served churches in Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia for 45 years. A large part of his ministry was in Savannah, GA, scene of much of the story in his first novel, The Jabbok Condition. He was involved heavily in the civil rights movements in the South, was the focus of numerous threats, and was honored by Black clergy in Arkansas for his leadership in social justice causes. Larry served as a counselor in an alcohol and drug treatment center and led a mental health association. He was president of various local human need agencies boards of directors, and was chosen for the Leadership Georgia and the Leadership Savannah programs. He retired from active parish ministry in 2008. He and his wife sold their properties in north Atlanta, GA and are currently travelling the United States in their 32′ Open Range Fifth Wheel RV, spending much of their time in the West. On invitation he preaches and teaches in local churches. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he later served on the college’s Board of Trustees, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where he served as President of the Alumni Association. Larry’s second novel, a sequel to The Jabbok Condition, is entitled The Son of the Father, and is due for publication in early 2014. He is currently working on his third novel entitled Black Waters.
~~ Larry is married to his best friend, the former Helen Eickhoff, of Decatur, GA. They have two children living, Todd, also an author living in Newtown, CT, and Anna Wood Fredricksson, an elementary school teacher living in Nampa, Idaho. Their deceased son, Lance Wade, died in 1967, in Greenville, MS.
~~ Larry's hobbies include a passion for golf, flyfishing and writing. He began working on his first novel, The Jabbok Condition, twenty years ago and when he retired in 2008 as Senior Pastor of The Church of the Hills in Johns Creek, GA, he returned to the manuscript and published the novel in July, 2013. The sequel is due for publication in January, 2014, and he is currently working on the second sequel, Black Water, due for publication in mid-2014.
~~ Larry has provided consultation services in church management in various churches in the south and southwest, specializing in fund raising, staff development and goal setting.
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The Jabbok Condition
by Larry Wood
Drew Campbell, an influential and respected pastor in Savannah, GA, a Vietnam veteran and potential political candidate, is blackmailed into the cocaine trade, then betrayed by his FBI friend. Driven by his determination to preserve his life and reputation as well as honoring the memory of his wife, Campbell reverts to his past identity in a desperate effort to survive.
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