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Mark P. Schowalter, a 1979 Lakeland graduate and former Sheboygan resident, recently published a semi-autobiographical book, "From Eagle to Chicken and Back."
Schowalter will have a book signing event on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Lakeland College from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during Lakeland's Homecoming Weekend festivities. Autographed copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
A semi-autobiographical sketch, the book is a spiritual self-help guide for living with and through disabilities and handicaps. Through the use of short stories, Schowalter, a 1975 Sheboygan North High School graduate, was has dealt with diabetes since age seven, takes the reader through his experience of losing physical sight because of type I diabetes on a journey from brokenness to wholeness.
Schowalter's humor, wit and spiritual insight open doors of possibilities on how any person can find healing and wholeness despite the tragic adversities that life sometimes deals. There are no hidden promises or guarantees that the journey is easy, simply an exploration and sharing of how one person found wholeness and inner joy through faith and humor.
"From Eagle to Chicken and Back" is a delightful challenge to look at oneself, admit that you are not perfect, and know that what you see in the mirror is good enough and delights the Lord.
Schowalter is a pastor, teacher, an experienced theologian and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 15 years and live in Genoa City. He is currently pastor of First Congregational Church in Genoa City, a small parish that is allowing him to live his call to be a minister and help people develop and live their faith stories.
Part of Mark and Sue's ministry is experienced through the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ outdoor camping ministries. They co-direct a Family Camp each year where the faith community gets to experience first hand how Mark and Sue live with the many disabilities. Their humor enlightens others to examine themselves and find ways to work through difficult situations of daily living.
In his 24-plus years of ordained ministry, Mark offers life's skills as a role model dealing with his diabetes, his amputated leg, and corrective heart surgery. His journey through life is a story of faith, facing celebrations as well as adversities seeking how God works good in all things.