I work as a physician specializing in diagnostic radiology, and for over a decade I have also volunteered as a mentor to hundreds of high school and college students. My new book Healing Hereafter arose by combining the challenge of problem-solving inherent to my profession with the joy of tackling the complex questions about the Christian faith alongside the many students who ask them. Navigating such universal and relevant concerns with any others who are also exploring has been so freeing and healing for me, and I hope it is even more so for you.
My wife and I live in West Michigan with our two children, who have brought with them the great blessings of family, adoption, and a diversity of friends. We continue to mentor college students, participate in the trans-racial adoption community, and advocate for those exploring adoption, experiencing infertility, and undergoing financial difficulty.
Challenged by the example of Jesus and others to keep less and bless more, our family lives off less than the US median income to experience the amazing joy, relationships, and restoration that the remaining resources can produce. It is very humbling to better appreciate now those who give under far more sacrificial circumstances, and it is very inspiring to see the beautiful fruit borne by challenging oneself to heal the hereafters of others.
As someone who highly values the skill and potential of students, I chose young, up-and-coming artists in college or high school as illustrators, highly recommended to me by their drawing instructors. I was very impressed with both their abilities and maturity and am pleased to let them show the world their work in Healing Hereafter! They are…
Emily Oliver: Originally from Springfield, VA, Emily has always loved to draw on anything she could get her hands on. Much of her art instruction came from observation and advice from her mother, and as a current student at Hope College she has developed a particular passion for painting and cartooning. Creating comics that make people laugh is one of her favorite pastimes. Enjoy a sampling of her artwork on Instagram (emster007). Emily illustrated Parts 3, 5, 8, and 9 of Healing Hereafter.
Brooke Wolters: Starting early on with snowmen and rainbows, Brooke has enjoyed drawing all her life. She started experimenting with charcoal, pen, acrylics, and oils in high school, and with the encouragement of her art teacher, she began to take her work more seriously. Now a student at Hope College, she is pursuing a minor in art to use what she is learning to glorify God and his kingdom. Brooke illustrated Parts 4 and 6 of Healing Hereafter.
Harrison Gugino: An American born in France, Harrison grew up reading graphic novels and watching anime. She has loved drawing ever since she could pick up a pencil and is particularly skilled portraying people in various states of emotion, which she enjoyed depicting in Healing Hereafter. As a student still early in her education, future career plans are far from decided. Harrison illustrated Parts 2 and 7 of Healing Hereafter.