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Dave Tripiciano has become a sought after guest speaker,
frequently presenting hunting and wildlife seminars at outreach events. His touching, tragic story has been heard by and inspired thousands at churches across America. His life story was also dramatized and featured as an episode of the well known Christian radio program "Unshackled” and broadcast around the world in March of 2011.
As a self centered young man, he led a life of sin, adultery and multiple divorces while playing as a club musician. Years later, after finding his wife dying in a wrecked car, he met and married a woman who lost her husband in a plane crash. Giving up his career as a high school band director, he began to devote his life to serving God and others. Since then he has led a life so filled with blessings, "miracles" and rewarding satisfaction; one finds his amazing story hard to believe.
In addition to his outreach ministry for men, he now works as a band and instrumental music teacher in a small Christian school; and also runs a band and lesson program for home schooled students. Ten years ago he founded and now heads a non - profit organization named “Captain Dave’s Boat Cruises” for special needs children. There he uses his merchant mariner Captain's License and two large cabin cruiser / fishing boats, to give free boat rides and fishing trips to special needs, needy, at risk, handicapped and single parent children with their families and friends.
The book follows my tragic story, starting with my high school career as a band geek who was teased and bullied by his peers; up through my years of womanizing, adultery and divorce as a young musician playing in nightclubs and bars. Then it shows my self centered, workaholic lifestyle as a driven, over achieving band director who was focused mainly on his career and his hobbies. It goes on to give an account of the tragic morning that my children and I found my wife dying in a wrecked car on our way to school; followed by the crushing discovery that she had been having a four year long affair due to my selfishness and preoccupation with other things.
Soon after her death I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and asked him to use my gifts and talents. The book then goes on to show the incredible and amazing ways that God changed me, blessed me and used me beyond my wildest dreams. How he has given me a beautiful new wife and family, an outreach ministry for men and has used me as a guest speaker in churches everywhere. It also describes how he allowed me to start a Christian school marching band which became a wonderful outreach ministry. It concludes by showing how he has allowed me to write two Christian books and produce eight videos, and still uses me today to bless the children in a small Christian school, and by giving free boat rides to "special" kids! You will probably find parts of this very touching story hard to believe.
In His Service
Act 1 - The Job Interview Arranged By God
Act 2 - The High School Career Of A Band "Geek"
Act 3 - Being A Hero In The Eyes Of A Child - Priceless
Act 4 - Working Passionately To Prove Myself To Others
Act 5 - A Kid Getting "Candy" For The First Time
Act 6 - Friends With Benefits Or A Serious Girlfriend?
Act 7 - Summer Vacation And Meeting The Parents
Act 8 - A Fickle Heart And A Sucker For A Pretty Face
Act 9 - Married Before My Senior Year Of College
Act 10 - Womanizing As A Club Musician - And A Divorce
Act 11 - Married Again With A Little Boy Who Loved Me
Act 12 - Nightmare One Morning - A Fatal Car Accident
Act 13 - A New Man And A Whole New Life In Christ
Act 14 - The Band Program Blessed And Used By God
Act 15 - Sailing Through America And Writing A Book
Act 16 - Beloved Teacher, Husband, Father & Grandfather
Act 17 - Guess I've Touched A Few Lives Along The Way
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