Rick Hoover

Biography

I'm a retired deacon in the Episcopal Church. I served at a parish in central Florida. I've worked in radio, television and several jobs that included public relation efforts. As a Christian, I have discovered one of the things I enjoy most is spending time in a prayer closet with Jesus, learning to be still so He has space to speak. I shared about my first month as a Smashword author at my blog:
https://deaconrick.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/editing-the-author/

Smashwords Interview

What is your ebook reading device?
I published my first ebook without access to any ebook device except my PC.
What is the story behind your book?
My wife had a desire to publish a daily Christian devotional and began writing a manuscript with one for every day of the year. A friend pointed her toward an established commercial publisher. They offered various packages costing over $1000.00 to print a small handful of copies for her. I thought there had to be a better way and began to research POD and ebook publishers. Smashwords had such a good presentation (no hype) that I quickly decided to try it out for myself. I drew on past columns and blog essays to assemble content for this experiment. Starting from scratch with no knowledge about the file requirements except what I was reading from Mark's guides, I uploaded and published my book 48 hours after I began working on it. This learning curve was MUCH easier than I expected. To date I've published three titles, including the ebook edition of Melanie's daily devotional.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rick Hoover online

Books

First Season First Harvest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2020 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Evangelism, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
A candid examination of issues starting from scratch with unbelievers and discipling them. Every new Christian was witnessed to by a Christian who had been formed in these lessons. This revised edition contains additional material included in the print version.
Sixty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2020 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General
Nearly 100 pithy devotionals with Bible verses that you can read in a minute or less! Even if you start your day in a hurry, you'll have something to think about all day long!
Matthew Mark Luke John
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 159,460. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2020 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
You have wanted to read through the Bible but it's so big and long! Rick Hoover joins you on your trip through the four Gospels and the book of Acts - the five Torah 2.0 narrative books that begin the New Testament. Rick points out and shares the details he has noticed in the stories of Jesus and the early Church.
On the Way: 3 Sermons For Pilgrims
Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2018 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
A compilation of three earlier short Ebooks. Deacon Rick shares short meditations "on the way" as we follow Jesus and get closer to home each day.
Seek Shelter: Stories to Soothe Your Spirit During Natural Disasters
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 23,570. Language: American English. Published: May 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Seek Shelter is a collection of inspirational stories by authors who have uncovered the good in the rubble of natural disasters. Hurricanes. Blizzards. Wildfires. Tornadoes. How do you cope in the wake of natural devastation? How can you recover? Will life ever be the same? Can any good ever come from something so bad? From the most violent side of nature can sprout rest, comfort, and peace.
BCP Rite II Annotated Liturgy
Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity / Episcopalian
This is an annotated version of the Rite II worship liturgy from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer used by the Episcopal Church in America. This was handed out to confirmation class students I taught during my ministry as a parish deacon in central Florida.
222 Prayers
Price: Free! Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Prayer
Quick, short prayers to start the conversation with the Lord. A collection of seeds for your prayer garden!
Kingdom Parables
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,740. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
Mark 4:30 He said, “How will we liken God’s Kingdom? Or with what parable will we illustrate it?" Jesus used over 30 parables to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven. His images and symbols were colorful and memorable. Just as often, the disciples were puzzled by them. Deacon Rick takes a slow, new look to try to understand the mysteries in the Kingdom Parables.
Thirteen Commandments
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,920. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
An examination of the Ten Commandments Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai, the two commands Jesus said summed them up, and the additional "new commandment" that Jesus delivered to his disciples at the Last Supper. Are they meant to define boundaries of behavior? Or are they better understood as the best orientation toward greater fulfillment in life?
The Mystery of Faith
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,450. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
Jesus seemed to know immediately if people had great faith or none at all. What did he see? And can we see what Jesus saw? Examine the case files and solve the mystery!
Spirituality and Prayer
Price: Free! Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Prayer
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Additional notes for the ICS Class on Prayer, December 7, 2013 taught by Rick Hoover. These notes provide live links to supplemental material from around the web.
Are We There Yet?
Series: Sermons For Pilgrims. Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
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"Sermons For Pilgrims" series. This sermon was presented a few days before my ordination as a deacon, when I wasn't there yet.
Pray With Me
Series: Sermons For Pilgrims. Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
"Sermons For Pilgrims" series. This is a story about what happened when a woman called me at church and wanted "someone to pray with me." As it turns out, that didn't happen because she hung up before we started.
What the Servants Knew
Series: Sermons For Pilgrims. Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
"Sermons For Pilgrims" series. This is a look at the parable of the talents given to the three servants before the master left them in charge. Did they really know what the master was looking for?
Citizen of Two Worlds: Remembering Gary DeHaan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,630. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
He was singing in churches and as a guest on radio broadcasts even as a child. Here his assistant and friend of twenty years, Kenny Frontz, recounts Gary DeHaan's story including the encounters they had along the way with other Christian singers and ministers like Andre Crouch, Bill Gaither and Billy Graham. He also shares the inside story of Gary's final struggle with terminal heart disease.
On Pelican Wings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,660. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 by Pelican Wings. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional
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The pelican has a long church history as a symbol of Christ. This book is a collection of my essays that have appeared on my church blogs and elsewhere. They are an "overview while in flight" and include short Scripture studies and my observations on life as a servant of Christ.