Abraham Clymer Roots Part 1 Apr 25 2003
Abraham: A product of his roots By KATY GRESH Gazette Staff Writer What started out as a litde boy producing his own newspaper about the patrons in his father's tavern has evolved into a career that has connected Ken Abraham with celebrities, celebrities, fame and personal fulfillment — all benefits, he said, of putting into practice values he learned growing up in Clymer. "The values I learned there have stood me well," Abraham said this week from his home in Franklin, Tenn., just outside Nashville. The best-selling author, pastor and Clymer native will headline the Indiana County bicentennial worship event "One County Under God" on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. He said that in his address to the crowd at Fisher Auditorium on the Indiana University University of Pennsylvania campus, he will talk about overcoming obstacles and maintaining maintaining hope "in the midst of tough times." Abraham learned about these particular character attributes firsthand from his extensive extensive conversations with Lisa Beamer, widow of Todd Beamer, who was credited with leading the charge to save countless lives Sept. 11,2001, while giving his own life aboard United Fb'ght 93, which crashed in Somerset County. Together, they wrote Beamer's story of maintaining hope, "Let's Roll!" which debuted in September 2002 and reached number one on the New York Times best-seller list. "She told me, T can live in fear or I can live in hope, and I choose to live in hope,'" Abraham Abraham said, adding that the million-plus copies of the book that sold were a "validation "validation of her (Beamer's} integrity, that it was worth her time and worth me dragging her back through the pain. She didn't accept any money for it," he said. Abraham has worked on about 65 Christian Christian book projects — from collaborations with celebrities to study Bibles — since he started publishing in 1976, with his first book "Nothing Special, Just a Christian!" a personal account of his youth and his faith journey. A few of his other titles include "Payne Stewart, the Authorized Biography," with the professional golfer's widow, Tracey Continued on page 12 KEN ABRAHAM ... Clymer native ..