By Anna Skinner
Author Donald Cobb, Carmel, has not known his favorite hobby his whole life. Instead, it stemmed from a major life-threatening scare in 1997 when he suffered from two heart attacks.
“They were so severe they didn’t think I would make it through the night, but I did,” Cobb said.
At the time of the attacks, Cobb was in Greenville, SC on vacation with his family. When he got home to recuperate, Cobb realized how short life was.
“There’s certain things you wished you had said to people and never got around to doing to, so I wrote letters to my three children,” Cobb said.
Although his kids have not received the letters yet, as Cobb is still alive and well in an assisted living home, he said he had so much fun writing the letters and it came so easily to him that he wanted to keep writing.
Cobb said he started playing around with writing a little, mostly focusing on writing devotionals. One his friends who happened to be a pastor took the devotionals to the Indy Star, and they published all of them in their Faith and Values column.
Cobb decided to take the next leap after that, and self-published his work, creating “God Is Everywhere A Guide For Seeking Personal Awareness: Recollections, Reflections and Testimony.”
Cobb chose to self-publish, since he feared going through an agent would be time consuming and he worried about how much time he had left.
Shortly after, Cobb published the second volume of his devotionals, and he is currently working on the third.
Cobb, 78, said his writing is an effort of love, and being a resident at the assisted living home, spends most of his time writing. The devotionals stem from his own personal experiences, brought into a Christian perspective.
To learn more about Cobb or to purchase his work, visit dacobbauthor.com.
“I’m leaving my books as legacies for my children and grandchildren, to see all the experiences I’ve had, and to bring inspiration and encouragement,” Cobb said.