Local author Prudence Louise Arthur believes in the title of her recently published book, "Dreams Come True: Joshua's Life Journey."
At age 78, it may have taken her a few years but she considers the very act of having written a book a dream come true.
"I've always dreamed of being an author, and now I'm a published author," said Arthur, who will do a book signing Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Olivet Book and Gift in downtown Alpena. "It took me a long while to write one."
Her 147-page softcover is a work of fiction, the seeds of which were sown 38 years ago during a sojourn to the Holy Land. Her chance sighting of a disheveled looking backpacker while on the trip stayed with her all those years and became the basis for her main character, Joshua Jacobson.
Joshua grows up in a small college town in Ohio. Everyone has dreams, and he is no exception. He knows he wants to help people, but doesn't know how. He goes through the normal motions of life attending high school and then college, meeting and marrying the girl of his dreams. But he still wonders where he fits into the grand scheme of things. Woven around his faith, Joshua eventually gets his answer, then puruses his purpose with passion.
"The main themes of the book are dream big, trust God and ask for his help, and work hard," said Arthur, a graduate of Alpena Community College. She also attended Michigan State University, served as a church secretary for 25 years, and was a teacher and director of a nonprofit business. Her many travels have taken her through the United States, Europe and the Holy Land.
"Dreams Come True: Joshua's Life Journey" was printed by Abbott Press, a division of Writer's Digest. Copies are $12.99 and available at Olivet and online at abbottpress.com or amazon.com.
The book also is available in eBook format.