Veteran, Cancer Survivor Rob Ballister Looks to Bring Laughs with New Book

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Veteran, Cancer Survivor Rob Ballister Looks to Bring Laughs with New Book

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“My understanding was that the doctor, while hopping up and down on one foot and singing the national anthem, was going to remove my lymph nodes using a butter knife, a hacksaw, and some 10W-30 motor oil.” This is the sort of wry humor that fills the pages of Rob Ballister’s “God Does Have a Sense of Humor” (published by iUniverse), a unique, humorous book on a life inspired by victory over cancer, military service, dating disasters and growing up Italian in New Jersey.

Ballister drew from his extensive experience to craft this collection of short, funny stories. Each is designed to be read quickly, allowing those on the go to just read one, get a good laugh, and go on with their day. “I enjoy making people laugh, especially those in real need of a smile, like those fighting a tough disease or experiencing long separations from loved ones,” Ballister says. “As a cancer survivor and member of the military, I’m familiar with both.”

“God Does Have a Sense of Humor” received the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for Creative Non-Fiction, Humor.

About the Author
A native of Martinsville, New Jersey, Rob Ballister graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, and has served on active duty ever since. He has served on both coasts of the United States, as well as overseas in Europe and the South Pacific.

Ballister has also done extensive work with community youth, beginning well before his military career when he coached little league baseball for three seasons while still in high school. As a cancer survivor, he is also active in cancer awareness and speaks at cancer survivor events. He has donated hundreds of books to cancer patients and cancer survivors, and also to deployed troops around the world with his “Smiles For a Servicemember” program.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, Ballister has a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland. In 2009 The Military Writers Society of America honored him with its President’s Award. For more information, please visit his website at

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


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