Friday, February 10, 2017

The Sense of Humor added to the resource list of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

BOOK NEWS - The Sense of Humor, Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living, has been added to the resource list of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Book Trailer Video

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

An Open Letter to: Christian Schools, Teachers, Principals, Administrators, and Librarians Re: Christian Middle Grade Adventure & Mystery Books

An Open Letter to: 
Christian Schools, Teachers, Principals, Administrators, and Librarians
Re: Christian Middle Grade Adventure & Mystery Books

Dear Christian Friends,

Most of my early life was involved in the production of Christian films at Ken Anderson Films and later at Quadrus Communications. In Late 2001, I decided to apply much of what I had learned from the production of dramatic films for kids into adventure and mystery books for middle grade readers.

Before any publishers, agents, or contracts, I began writing. As a result, I finished thirty-five manuscripts for this age group. Since then, several have been published and more are contracted. Each is written from a Christian perspective incorporating character building concepts including personal accountability & responsibility plus others.

The reason I’m writing to you today is because I’m looking for better ways to make my books known to the very children you serve.

Two new series were recently published - The Sam Cooper Adventure Series and The Accidental Adventure Series. Here’s what two other Christian authors have said about my books.

"Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries."            Jerry B. Jenkins, Author

"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!"                             Bill Myers - Author 

I’m looking for reviewers and influencers who can reach the maximum number of people who are working with students ages 8 - 13. Also anyone who can assist in (AR) listings for these books. If this interests you, please contact me at and let me know how you can help.

My Amazon author page is located here:
My blog: 
Over 60 pages of reviews:

Thank you for your consideration,
Max Elliot Anderson - Author

Monday, February 06, 2017

Honoring President Reagan's 106th Birthday

As we mark President Ronald Reagan's 106th birthday on February 6, I'm transported back to a day during the fall of 1990. At that time I had the unique opportunity to spend much of a day with him as he visited his boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois. This turned out to be the last time he would travel there.

The original video is now housed at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. The following pictures were shot off of my TV screen from a video copy of the original material so the quality is diminished.

Along with the rest of the video crew, we were given Secret Service clearance for the day and we shadowed him where ever he went.

We began at the river where, as a lifeguard, he saved many lives. There he skipped stones on the river and talked about his experiences.
We walked up to the thirdfloor gym where he had played basketball. Mr. Reagan took a few shots from the free-throw line.

We covered him with video cameras as crowds pushed toward him and made the Secret Service people nervous. For most of the day, I was never more than inches or a few feet away from one of the greatest men I believe this country has ever had as its leader.
A group of schoolchildren recited the Pledge of Allegiance as he stood out in front of the house. He went to the garage in the back of the house and then on to the statute of himself.

Mr. Reagan spoke to a full house that had gathered in the high school gym. There he was presented with a letter jacket. He proceeded to the football field and threw passes to some of the team.

The most unique experience came when we traveled to the actual house. There we set up for the only video interview he gave that day while all the major news media assembled outside, and news helicopters hovered in the air. I was able to ask him a number of personal questions about growing up in that house.

Several weeks after the interview, President Reagan was kind enough to send me a personal letter of thanks.