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[/or_column_text][or_accordion title=”Authors Across Imprints”][or_accordion_tab title=”Lee Keesling”][or_column_text animateswitch=”no” animateevent=”onhover”] Lee Keesling resides in New York, a location that he has come to call home. He has lived in a variety of states and countries. From this experience he understands how people can have pride in very different home towns and places. This pride is important and he wants to help others identify why they feel the way they do about where they are from. Lee is a private individual. He enjoys the anonymity that being around a major city can provide. He enjoys the diversity that exists within these communities as well as the availability of culture and stimulation. At the same time, you can find him enjoying quiet activities around home. Lee’s family came to the United States from Europe and the family name has been spelled differently as the family moved within this country. The Keesling family history shows how our identity can be tied to where we are from. Lee understands that this history contributes to where he is from just as the various places he has lived contribute. He is the author of the fifty books in the Home Town Pride series under the Fun Books Press imprint. More about Lee can be found in his Amazon Author Central page. [/or_column_text][/or_accordion_tab][or_accordion_tab title=”Christopher L. Smith”][or_column_text animateswitch=”no” animateevent=”onhover”]

The Rev. Christopher L. Smith has a diversity of training, experience and expertise that he brings to his writing. From an early age, he demonstrated exceptional skill in mathematics and science, fields that he studied through the masters and doctoral candidate level. To these fields he added the social sciences (through education, leadership and mental health) and the humanities (through theological studies in religion and around spirituality).

Currently, Christopher is the President and Clinical Director of Seeking Shalom in New York City. In that capacity he works with individuals, couples and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist and as a licensed mental health counselor, incorporating spirituality into the therapeutic process. Similarly, he provides supervision to psychotherapists and consultation to religious leaders around how these two dimensions of people’s lives interact.

Christopher was theologically trained at Yale University and has experience in a variety of types of congregations. He also has had and continues to have training and experience in the broader faith community, especially both as a hospital and a military chaplain. He currently serves as a hospital chaplain at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut and as a military chaplain in New York within the Air Force family.

Christopher is the author of several books and resources in the areas of spirituality, church practice and mental health. His writing has also been featured on sites such as PBS This Emotional Life, You Tango, Good Therapy and Yahoo.

His educational experience and it breadth of areas described above has led some to refer to him as a modern Renaissance man. This diversity of background also applies to where he has lived. He was born in Germany, spent his formative years in the United Kingdom and has lived in three distinct regions of the United States. He has found a home in New York, where he lives alone.

He is the author of numerous resources, including several books. His books at Big Apple Publishing are found on the Shalom Press imprint and include the Sacred Colors series and the Resources to Aid Shalom, as well as books that are not part of a series.

Information about him can be found at AnAuthor.com/Christopher, where there are also available press kits for when he makes appearances and speaks. Additionally, information about Christopher can be found in his Amazon Author Central page.