Photography by Michael Apichella Jr.
A professional writer since 1984, award-winning author Michael Apichella has a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communications and a PhD in English and Creative Writing. He is currently Professor of English and Communications with the University of Maryland University College. An award-winning journalist and a popular conference speaker, he has contributed to many periodicals both here and abroad including Renewal, the New Christian Herald, Woman Alive, and the Catholic Life. He is also a self-taught painter.
Following stints as a salesman, a landscaper, and a car-park attendant, he left home at age 18 to attend university.
While taking his degrees, he drove a taxi, worked in the building trade, spent time as a janitor in a Parisian church, acted on stage, became a life guard, taught English and drama at a girls' school, and studied evenings at a Bible College.
Meantime, he discovered the works of CS Lewis and Francis and Edith Schaeffer. 'These authors opened my eyes to a world of intelligence, beauty and hope, which I found an attractive alternative to much of what was being published.'
While working as the Religious Programmes Organiser at BBC Radio Oxford, Michael began to write books and according to Apichella, 'The single most influential book in my life, apart from the Bible, is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Chambers constantly reminds me that if I keep my relationship right with God thorough Jesus Christ, he will continue to pour "rivers of living water" through me (John 7:38). And that is what I try to say through my books.'
Apichella is the author of The Church's Hidden Asset: Empowering the Older Generation; Why me Lord? -- Advice from a Successful Failure; 24/7 Christianity; and Not For the Faint-hearted -- an Advent study course for men (Kevin Mayhew, Ltd.) He also is co-author of Prisoner of Hope, written with former UDA terrorist, Billy McFetridge (New Wine).
View Michael's blog at: http://mapichella.tumblr.com/