Concerning Iraqi currency—dinar that was printed by the British De La Rue Corporation: As I researched and studied for the writing of this novel, I looked for book-form materials that would help me. Unfortunately, there was little available.
Worse yet, the few available items were anything but helpful. Some of them were nothing more than pamphlets that had titles something like “The Iraqi Dinar Scam.” I bought and read one novel named The Dinar Date by Chase Carlton but it wasn’t really about dinar. It was about a guy sailing around the Caribbean who owned dinar and dreamed of the day it would revalue and make him rich. I’m not critical of that book but it wasn’t the type of material I was hoping to find.
Several American citizens own dinar and spend time trying to keep up with the status of their investment. They are not professional currency traders but are individuals who purchased a low-priced commodity in hopes it would increase in value. It has not; therefore, as much as or perhaps even more than anything else, they are hungry for encouraging news.
As the years have rolled by, they have been disappointed time after time. The news wasn’t necessarily bad but, over and over, it was something like, “Next week, next week, next week for sure!”
Because it didn’t happen as anticipated or that they had been led to believe, it ended up discouraging them. Like me, they didn’t find what they were looking for in the material that was available. In other words, I believe there is pent-up demand for educational, encouraging news about Iraqi dinar.
Somewhat to my surprise, I have written a full-length novel that will soon be published this fall. Although it is a novel with fictional characters, parts of it are accurate, historical and encouraging.
While it is my first attempt, and an accomplished author could have almost certainly done a better job, he didn’t. Nevertheless and despite my short-comings, I maintain that God has enabled me to exceed my abilities in this endeavor.
My first book’s title is The Triplet. Christians will hopefully enjoy reading it but my initial target audience is dinar holders, many of whom will have military backgrounds.
Over the course of my life, I have written professional papers, appraisal reports, sermons and Bible studies but never a novel with plot line and dialogue.
Nonetheless, God guided me, I am satisfied that I have been diligent, worked hard and done my best. The marketplace will be the judge but I have a certain confidence this book will be used as an educational tool to bring glory to God’s name and encourage His children.
I invite many of you to get the book and read it. Please forgive its deficiencies and give praise to God if, in spite of them, it speaks to you.
Shepherding this book through its publication process has been like watching a glacier move. Glaciers do inch along, however.
Regardless of how I feel about this or that or another thing, regardless of whether I feel euphoric or am down in the dumps, my novel will be published eventually and the announcement of the dinar’s revaluation will be made.
Timing is out of my control and in God’s hands but it seems likely current events (fireworks, celebration, publication and revaluation) are closely correlated. At least, I hope so!
Amen. So be it.