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Photo of the Month
December 2023
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Craig's book 
Continuing in an ongoing series promoting authors in the family, this month's image features Craig L. Falkenstine of Morgantown, WV. Craig began his career as a radio broadcaster and in early adulthood created an FM station in his hometown, WJCF-FM. But he felt a deeper call to human service and, after graduating from Crossroads Theological Seminary, devoted 35 years of his career to home health and spiritual care and hospice ministry. Among his accomplishments have been co-founding the West Virginia Family Grief Center in Morgantown. He is elder emeritus of the Morgantown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

Based on his unique perspectives of patient care, grief and bereavement recovery, Craig authored the 2021 book Efforts to Make a Difference: Reflections of a Hospice Chaplain. He says that ďThis collection of testimonies, memories, insights and short stories is an exercise in preserving some of the many experiences that I didnít want to forget, sharing them as a written testimony of Godís handiwork. They are an ongoing written witness to glorify Godís awesome work through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life and in my efforts to help others."

Craig is the son of Gerald Eugene and Clarice (McGee) Falkenstine of the family of Jerome Lewis and Victoria (Martin) Falkenstine of Valley Point, Preston County, WV.

Other cousin-authors highlighted in Minerd.com Photos of the Month have been Dr. Matthew K. Minerd and his works of authorship and translation including Conscience: Four Thomistic Treatments  (December 2022) -- Thomas Beck and his seven novels (December 2020) -- Mary "Michele" Miner and her novel Their Moon Was Cardboard (July 2020) -- the late Jack Lewis and his novel Storm Coming: A Novel of the Civil War in Western Virginia (December 2017) -- and Jeffrey T. Minerd's fantasy adventure novel, The Sailweaver's Son (November 2016).

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