P.D. Skelton is a lifelong native of Arkansas. RENASCENCE is his first Christian novel. He has published three other secular novels and is currently nearing completion of a western novella entitled THE SHADOW MAN. In addition, he has published two volumes of poetry: Cauterizing the Soul and Light and Shadow. Skelton earned degrees from Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas), the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the University of Mississippi, Oxford. He retired from Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, in 2000, as a full professor and chairman of the Department of Theater and Mass Communication. Since then, he has devoted his time to writing, adjunct teaching at the University of Central Arkansas, and Arkansas State University-Beebe, and community theater work.