Jeff Nesbit

American writer

Emperor gods have ruled the earth only one time before in modern history - during the time of Jesus. The rise of Christianity ended their reign as deities more than two centuries later, and none have appeared since. So is it possible for an emperor god to rise again? JUDE, from David C. Cook, explores that question: "A man rises to the pinnacle of earthly wealth, fame, and power by calling on demonic powers; his twin's opposing path brings him into direct conflict," the publisher says of the novel. JUDE can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, Christianbook and eChristian.

My novels in 2011 and 2012 —PEACE/Summerside Press and OIL/Guideposts—looked at what might happen if Israel decides to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. I've written 19 inspirational novels with Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Guideposts, Summerside Press, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, Harold Shaw (part of Random House) and Victor Books. In addition, I write a regular science and technology blog for U.S. News & World Report called "At the Edge" for the magazine's News section, which is also available through TechMediaNetwork. I'm also the executive director of Climate Nexus, a non-profit strategic communications group and sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors based in New York. 

I was former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House; a senior public affairs official in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration; a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others; head of a strategic communications consulting firm for 13 years; and the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation from 2006-2011.

Ramona Tucker and I co-founded OakTara Publishers, an inspirational fiction publishing house, in 2006 to encourage new writers and bring out-of-print works from established authors back into the marketplace.  OakTara has published 300-plus titles since then, and now partners with Barbour Books and BroadStreet Publishing on selected titles sold to retail bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Books a Million and big-box retail stores such as Wal Mart and Sam's Club.


A Tribute to Dr. Koop

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A tribute to C. Everett Koop

  1. David A. Kessler 
  2. Jeffrey A. Nesbit 
  3. Timothy Mark Westmoreland 
  4. Mary Beth Albright

Commitment to service, loyalty to science, and passion for public health were the hallmarks of Dr. C. Everett Koop’s career. His death in February, 2013 at the age of 96 is a reminder that one determined person with the courage to look past ideology and on to the greater good can make an enormous difference.

That determination and courage wasn’t what many people expected when Dr. Koop—“Chick” to his friends—was nominated for the position of US Surgeon General by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The opposition to his appointment from progressives in Congress, women’s rights groups, and a host of health-related organizations was ferocious, largely because of his well-known moral opposition to abortion and his lack of any apparent public health experience.

However, after a bitter confirmation process, Koop began to win his critics over, not only because he had an authority that commanded attention, but also because he spoke truth to power. He said things in public that angered the politicians who had promoted his appointment, he never equivocated, and he didn’t back down. Koop became the nation’s doctor.

The four of us worked with Dr. Koop in different capacities, but to each of us, he was a colleague, mentor, and friend, a man we deeply admired.

Early in his tenure, Koop began to take on the tobacco industry, releasing data-filled report after report demonstrating the health hazards of smoking. He pushed for much stronger warnings on cigarette packs and …

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Relentless, Positive Storm

OPINION: The "Relentless, Positive Storm" Generation

Education Nation //Sep. 24, 2010 // 11:47 AM

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I believe in the next generation of leaders. 
More than any other in recent memory, the generation now emerging from our educational system believes that just one person - armed with powerful, innovative and disruptive ideas or concepts - can change the world through a "relentless, positive storm." You dream big, do the right thing, set your direction, take your compass and never stray from the path.

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First, there was Barry Bonds. Then, there was Lance Armstrong. Now, there's Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball (MLB)'s highest-paid player. All three are cheaters — extraordinarily well-paid, and quite famous, cheaters.

Nearly every columnist who's ever written about drugs in professional sports tells roughly the same story over and over — a pro cheats, gets caught and then faces discipline. Rodriguez, for instance, is likely to be suspended, perhaps for the rest of the season. But he'll be back, and he still draws MLB's biggest salary.

There's a good reason that Lance Armstrong cheated. He won seven Tour de France titles, because blood doping is the difference between really, really good and world class. Bonds hit more home runs than anyone in baseball history. That's why he cheated. Rodriguez is famous and he has that enormous MLB paycheck. That's why he cheated.

That's the risk and reward calculation professional athletes go through — cheat and become world class, or stay clean and fight for the top of the podium like everyone else. When Armstrong finally admitted to blood doping, he actually said just that — he had to cheat to be competitive at the top of the sport. There's some truth there.

But there's another side to this story that almost never gets told. In long-distance running or cycling, there are athletes who chose not to blood dope to get an extra 5 percent or 10 percent boost in performance at the elite level. What have they felt for years as their governing bodies chose not to level the playing field? Cheated.

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