Welcome to Broowaha, Mr. Edward Mrkvicka. Welcome to Broowaha. Please briefly introduce yourself.
Hi. I am a retired bank president. More important, I am a lay minister/counselor, life-long Bible student, and Christian writer.
You've written a number of books into your life. Would you introduce us to your life as an author?
My first eight books were about banking, personal finance, and the stock market. But my first love has always been my faith, so when I was motivated a number of years back by the Holy Spirit to offer God’s truth through the written word, I was immediately onboard. At that point, my enjoyment of writing was transformed into pure joy to the enth power by knowing that I was helping others spiritually. My first books helped people financially, and while that’s important, it pales next to matters of faith.
Going from a life in banking, to writing books about banking to writing Christian books isn't quite a straight line to the average eye. What took you from writing about money to writing about the Christian life?
As I said, I was motivated by the Holy Spirit. That said, the transition was remarkably easy, as I have been a Christian since I was a child. When I was writing about finances I wrote from career experience. My Christian writing comes from the heart and my love of the truth of God’s Word.
Your most recent book is called, No Innocent Affair. Would you tell us briefly about it?
It, as one might imagine, explores the betrayal of adultery and all its ramifications in the hope that by knowing the truth of its destructive nature, one might turn from the temptation. And if the line has already been crossed, it reveals how to save our family – and ourselves.
Adultery is deadly – it harms everyone it touches. But there is hope. God has given us a way out, and a way up.
What brought you to writing about infidelity? Did you have specific inspiration to write this book?
I have been a lay minister/counselor since the late 1960s – for whatever reason, many, if not most of the problems that were brought to me, were regarding marriage, especially the matter of adultery. So it didn’t take long to realize what a destructive force it is. Something else got my attention – almost every adulterer I helped said, after the dust settled, “It just wasn’t worth it.” What an interesting dichotomy. People cheat on their family, giving up everything in their life for fleshly indulgences, only to eventually realize that the whole exercise was self-defeating. It occurred to me that perhaps we’d all be better off knowing that ahead of time.
Then too, I want people to know that even when we’ve sinned, God can do all things except fail. Please allow me to quote the ENTIRE conclusion of No Innocent Affair. “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
What was the most challenging thing about writing this book?
The subject matter itself. Until we allow God to enter the equation, it’s beyond depressing to witness all the harm done to innocent spouses and children who deserve better. Betrayal is a horrible event that most people never fully recover from. Frankly, without giving ourselves to God’s Word, it’s virtually impossible.
If there was a single piece of advice you could give to couples dealing with infidelity, what would it be?
If you’re thinking about straying, don’t. If you already have, stop it. Now!
Where can people find out more about you and your book?
People can contact me at: www.EdwardFMrkvickaJr.com. No Innocent Affair is available at bookstores and Amazon.com.
Would you like to mention anything else?
Live your life according to The Golden Rule and you will have a good life, and others will count you as a blessing in theirs.
Thank you your time and this interview.
Thank you, and God bless.