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General Information

Name:  Eddie Ellis  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1964 in Lakeland, Florida

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Illinois Connection

Ellis lives in Bradley. He is a professor of New Testament at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eddie Ellis is a life-long dog lover, an ordained minister, and a professor of New Testament. After earning a BA in English from Stetson University (1986) and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary (1991), he served as a United Methodist pastor in Florida for seven and a half years. In 1998, he felt called to a ministry of full-time teaching and returned to school for the necessary training, earning a ThM from Candler School of Theology (1999) and a PhD in religious studies from Baylor University (2005). In 2006, he accepted a teaching position at Olivet Nazarene University, where he has now served as a professor of New Testament for ten years. He and his wife, Terri, live in Bradley, Illinois, with their two sons. Having grown up in rural Florida, where both agriculture and dogs played major roles in his life, Eddie is well acquainted with the world in which "Good Boy, Achilles!" is set. "Good Boy, Achilles!" is a chapter book intended for upper-elementary-aged readers, but it seems to appeal to dog lovers of all ages. "Kirkus Reviews" described the book as ". . . sure to be inspirational for Christians, moving for dog lovers, and perfect for readers who are both."

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Titles At Your Library

Good Boy, Achilles!
ISBN: 1512755249

WestBowPress. 2016

Good Boy, Achilles!, a work of 128 pages, is based on the idea that, because we human beings are flawed and fouled-up, God has given dogs the task of helping us along. The story opens on a small farm somewhere in the Southeast, where a boy named Jeremy discovers that his family’s dog, Ginger, has finally given birth to her long-awaited puppies. Ginger explains to her puppies that they must leave the farm for new homes where they will take care of their own humans, for that is the Father’s plan. Jeremy’s parents tell him that the family can afford only one dog, Ginger, and will have to give the puppies away. As the story progresses, however, Jeremy and his favorite puppy, Thunder, or, as Jeremy calls him, Achilles, become best friends, and Thunder comes to believe that he will remain on the farm as Jeremy’s dog. Will he? On the way to finding out, he and Jeremy learn some basic Christian theology and some important life lessons.

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