Dan's Book

Daniel Kostrzebski poses with a copy of his new book, “No One is Fatherless.”

Daniel Kostrzebski had never written anything before.

Now retired from the military, he had at one time been stationed at Fort Campbell with the 5th Special Forces Group, and his experiences had been written about by others.

He had to be rescued in Iraq, recalled Kostrzebski, who is originally from western New York State and now lives in Trigg County.

He notes that he is not an author at all.

But five or six years ago, on a return flight from visiting his daughters in Germany, Kostrzebski began writing a book — a book about his Christian faith, his marriage and family.

He penned the first 10 pages on his journey home.

“There were spiritual actions taking place in my family, and I wrote about it,” observes Kostrzebski, whose book includes devotionals that he has been writing to his family.

Titled “No One is Fatherless,” the book is available for purchase on his website, nooneisfatherless.com.

Described on the site as a tribute to God “our” father, it includes enough devotionals for a year’s study and details its author’s struggles to stay connected to God and his family.

Kostrzebski notes that, as a young man, he was focused completely on his military interests. He experienced a divorce and became estranged from his two daughters.

For most of their childhood, they were fatherless.

“I found myself not communicating with my children at all,” says Kostrzebski, who married again and also has two sons.

Over time, he says he began to understand that God was sending people to teach him in his spiritual journey.

They helped him become a better father, grandfather and husband through the word of God, and Kostrzebski mentions two of them, Kenny Rogers and Monty Flanigan, by name in his book.

There was also Nicky Knight, and there was Norman Cotton, a Cadiz pastor and the youth minister for Kostrzebski’s sons.

These pastors influenced him, he notes, adding that it was important to mention them in the book because they were a part of his journey to salvation through Christ.

Rogers talked about being a spiritual leader, and Kostrzebski began recording his spiritual thoughts, his two cents’ worth, as he describes the devotionals he shared with family members.

“That’s how that started years ago, and how (my) family got to know each other through the word of God,” he notes.

His friend Norman Cotton, who pastors the Ponderosa Baptist Church in Trigg County, says Kostrzebski just has some unique stories in his life, some deep spiritual and real-life happenings.

He says he likes knowing Kostrzebski was a spiritual leader for his family even though he was away serving in the military.

He knew Kostrzebski’s two young sons, and Cotton notes that “you could always tell they were trained up in the Lord.”

The pastor says his congregation, where Kostrzebski and his wife Carol attend, plans to utilize the new book as a study guide come January, discussing the daily devotionals as talking points.

Kostrzebski says he hopes people who read his book will share their own spiritual experiences, and he hopes they will grow in Christ and strengthen their relationship with the Lord.

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” says Kostrzebski, noting that his readers will learn that from his new book.

“There’s reconciliation (and) self-reflection going on over time, and there’s healing,” he adds of the impact of a spiritual journey. “When you put your faith in Christ, you change. And this book is a testimony of me changing over time.”

Kostrzebski says proceeds from the book will support kidsofourheroes.org, a youth camp for youngsters of first responders and Gold Star families who have lost members in military service. A portion of proceeds will also go to the Ponderosa congregation, which is building a new youth facility.

The book’s publisher is Exponential Publications, owned by Pete Beckary, a childhood friend of Kostrzebski’s who urged the military veteran that “Dan, we’ve got to tell your story.”

But rather than tell his military story, Kostrzebski wanted to talk about his Christian faith, his marriage and his family.

“Dan has a very unique perspective on life from his military service,” Beckary says of his friend. “When it all comes down to it, his faith and family is the most important thing.”

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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