An American writer of spiritual novels and children’s books, he’s known for The Book from the Dun Cow, and because of its sequel, The Book of Sorrows. His various other works consist of Mary’s First Xmas as well as the Manger is Clear. He studied books at Miami School in Ohio and afterwards went to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. His book, The Book from the Dun Cow, gained a U.S. Country wide Book Prize. He was created in Portland, Oregon to some Lutheran minister dad. He and his six youthful siblings moved often during their youth. He and Maxine Hong Kingston both gained the National Reserve Award.