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Tattoo artist pens story of his own transformation, and America

God, Country, and Tattoos: A Cry for Freedom ISBN 9781612157986

God, Country, and Tattoos: A Cry for Freedom

Having attempted to run away from God for many years I have experienced firsthand the truth behind ‘amazing grace.’ I am living proof that His promises are true.

What do you get when you take a Harley-riding tattoo artist and give him a good dose of “amazing grace?” The page-turning answer is found in God, Country, and Tattoos: A Cry for Freedom ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-61215-798-6) by Dennis Dwyer, in which Dwyer recounts not only his own dramatic story but the story of how America has changed over the last four decades—and not for the better. From the unique vantage point of his tattoo parlor, and by exchanging personal journeys with thousands of people from around the world, Dwyer takes a loving look back at America’s history while viewing the future with a tear in his eye. Still, he sees hope for America.

“In my 40 years as a tattoo artist, I have interacted with, witnessed to, encouraged, and influenced thousands of people in all walks of life and age groups – from politicians to pastors, businessmen to street people, men and women, old and young alike, many of whom would never set foot in a church,” says Dwyer. And while, historically, tattooing has never been viewed as a ministry platform, it has become just that for Dwyer, who keeps pointing people toward the cross: “Having attempted to run away from God for many years I have experienced firsthand the truth behind ‘amazing grace.’ I am living proof that His promises are true.”

The tattoo industry has changed significantly from its meager beginnings when Dwyer first started tattooing to its present status as a multimillion-dollar industry. There through all the significant changes, Dwyer is one of the best-known artists of today who has served as executive director of the Alliance of Professional Tattooing and as a leader for the Tattoo Tour convention business. “God, country, and tattoos: each of these three, through the tension each creates in the others, has shaped my life, forming the foundation upon which I stand,” writes Dwyer.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order God, Country, and Tattoos through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. God, Country, and Tattoos: A Cry for Freedom is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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