Local pastor releases bookPublished 10:59am Friday, January 22, 2010
By AARON MUELLER
Niles Daily Star
The Rev. Jack Duis has begun to expect miracles in his life.
“The recreation of an eye, internal organs or any part of the body, these miracles do not surprise me in any way,” the retired evangelist said. “It would surprise me if they didn’t happen.”
But one of the more recent miracles in his life may have even surprised him – just a little.
His book “Miracles, Touched by God,” published in 2006, is being sent to DreamWorks Studios for consideration to be made into a movie.
“Some people write 50 books and that never happens,” he said, “and to have this sent to Hollywood is really something.”
Duis knows this is far from a guarantee that the huge studio will choose to put his book on the silver screen, but he can’t hide the excitement when thinking about it.
“It’s not just a johnny-come-lately studio,” he said of the mega film studio owned by Steven Spielberg. “It’s quite a large outfit.”
Duis also considers the fact his book was published for free by Publish America was a miracle, considering his lack of writing experience.
“People don’t just say ‘Hey, I think I’m going to write a book,’ especially if they haven’t written one before or if you haven’t taken any college courses on writing,” Duis said.
But that’s just what he did.
Five years later, the book is now available in Barnes and Nobles and Borders bookstores throughout the country and several countries in Europe, China and Japan.
Duis refuses to take credit for the book, though.
“Inspiration number one is the Lord,” he said. “I would say that I really can’t take the credit for it. I say that because I was preempted by the Holy Spirit to write it.”
The book chronicles the physical healings that Duis has seen God perform in his life as an evangelist.
“It’s a narrative book where it tells of different individuals that have had problems with their health – blindness, deafness, cancer – that have actually been healed,” he said. “All the documentation of the healing power of God are from this locality, from Indiana and Michigan.”
Duis knows there are skeptics of his ministry.
“A lot of times individuals ask me ‘do you really believe you can heal people?’” he said. “And I say ‘no, I can’t heal anybody. I couldn’t heal anybody of a headache.’ If a person gets hit on a road, they first call an ambulance. The ambulance just takes the person to the doctor, who does the work. I’m just a ‘conduit’ of the Lord.”
Copies of “Miracles, Touched by God” can be purchased at Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores or online at amazon.com. For more information about the book, visit Duis’ Web site at www.jackduisministries.com.