L. Edward Hazelbaker

L. Edward Hazelbaker is a writer and editor living in Oklahoma with his wife Melveta (Melveta Hardy), whom he married in 1971. They have three married children who also live in Oklahoma.

Family

Their daughter Charissa is married to Michael Brown, and they live in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have two children, son Austin and daughter Taylor. Charissa is a kindergarten teacher at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, and Michael is the Dean of Fine Arts and Director of Bands at  Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City.

The Hazelbakers' oldest son, Lynn Hazelbaker, Jr., is married to Crystal (Crystal Bellah). They have two children, son Haden and daughter Bella. Lynn and his brother, Josh, operate a landscaping and lawn care business together. Crystal is a registered nurse and teaches health occupations classes at a local technology center.

Youngest son Joshua Hazelbaker is married to Adrienne (Adrienne Thacker). They have two children, daughter Adalynn and son Jesse.

Local Church Involvement

Over the last forty years, L. Edward Hazelbaker has served the Church in a number of capacities including associate pastor, Bible teacher, writer, and worship leader. Hazelbaker is also a musician, and one of his greatest joys today apart from writing is playing bass guitar in the worship band at Spring Creek Assembly of God in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Writing and Editing Projects

Weekly Cogs: Christian Thoughts and Cogitations
Weekly Cogs: Christian Thoughts and Cogitations

Weekly Cogs is L. Edward Hazelbaker's latest book, and it is Hazelbaker's first entirely-original published work (first printing in 2016). Weekly Cogs is designed to provide readers a unique weekly devotional to supplement their normal daily devotional schedule, but it is also suitable for reading at whatever pace the reader desires. The book consists of 52 individual articles written on many thought-provoking topics. The author begins his book with a delightful three-page poetic passage he calls "A Poetic Gog." Following that—and immediately before the first of the 52 "cogs" (articles) that make up the body of the book—is an Introduction in which Hazelbaker explains the significance of the title chosen for the book and encourages the reader to actively consider the importance of our thoughts. This book is intentionally written in a comfortable and relaxed style but encourages serious discipleship and thoughtful considerations of the impact of contemporary Christian issues.

The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English
The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English

L. Edward Hazelbaker's first published work was The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English. An allegory about the Christian pilgrimage, or journey through life, from this world to heaven, The Pilgrim's Progress was written By John Bunyan during his imprisonment for preaching the gospel without the permission of the Church of England. It was originally published in 1678. Hazelbaker spent five years carefully translating/updating the seventeenth century text of Bunyan's original work and completely annotating and indexing the book. The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English was published by Bridge-Logos Publishers and has been one of their best selling books every year since it was published in 1998.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Continuing his work of updating classic Christian literature, Hazelbaker's next work to be published was Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, also written by John Bunyan. Grace Abounding is John Bunyan's autobiography in which he relates his struggle with conviction, his salvation, his call to the ministry, and his years of persecution and imprisonment for preaching the gospel and leading others in the Christian faith. Grace Abounding presented in modern English was also published by Bridge-Logos Publishers.

The Holy War
The Holy War

The third book in Hazelbaker's series of updated John Bunyan classics is The Holy War, also presented in modern English. The Holy War is another longer allegory written by Bunyan in the spirit of The Pilgrims Progress. In it Bunyan tells the story of the fall of the town of Mansoul, whose builder was Shaddai; the actions of Shaddai as he goes to war to win back to himself what rightfully belongs to him; and the acts of Diabolus as he and his forces do everything they can to thwart all attempts to restore Mansoul's relationship with Shaddai. This book is another in the series of Pure Gold Classics published by Bridge-Logos Publishers.

Approaching Judgment: The Path to Armageddon
Approaching Judgment: The Path to Armageddon

The author of Approaching Judgment was David A. Womack, former pastor, evangelist, missionary, and publishing house administrator. After leaving his position as a publishing house administrator in 1997, David A. Womack started a publishing agency to help other writers get their works published. The first book he represented was Hazelbaker's The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English. Womack passed away in 2009 shortly after completing his manuscript for Approaching Judgment: The Path to Armageddon. After his passing, L. Edward Hazelbaker agreed to perform final editing on David A. Womack's last work before presenting it for consideration to a publisher. Hazelbaker then acted on the author's behalf (and that of his family) to work with the publisher's copyeditor and typesetter throughout the publishing process. Approaching Judgment is a fresh and thorough examination of what John the Apostle actually said in the book of Revelation.