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by Dean Rush

In this thoughtful guide to dealing with life’s challenges, Pastor Dean Rush offers wise, spiritual counsel to men, women and families facing dramatic and often unexpected change in their lives. If you are dealing with job loss, divorce or other personal and family crises, Flying Free offers valuable lessons and provides a “flight plan” for success that will guide you through the most formidable of life’s tests.

After a distinguished career as a pilot during the Vietnam conflict and a subsequent successful career in aviation, Pastor Rush dealt with a series of his own challenges that he successfully faced with sound principles and unwavering faith. Marked by deep understanding, empathy and a strong foundation of scripture, he shares these principles that offer a clear map to the great rewards that can come in the midst of change.

•    NEVER give up!  Challenges can bring great rewards!
•    Faith and family are two things that money can’t buy.
•    Problem solving doesn’t have to be difficult.
•    In the midst of a storm…use faith.
•    Change is your reward, NOT your punishment.
•    Great opportunities come from life’s lessons.
•    A forced change may put you exactly where you should have been all along.
•    Worry is a waste of life time.

Join Pastor Rush on a journey toward the rewards of faith, love and recovery.

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Meet the Author

Dean Rush was raised on a farm in the Midwest with three brothers and his widowed mother. He learned to fly at an early age and followed that path throughout most of his life.

Beginning with an eleven-year stint in the Air Force, Dean served as a test pilot and special forces operations pilot during the Vietnam conflict. He is the recipient of a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and ten Air Medals for valor. After leaving the Air Force, Dean co-founded Emerald Airlines, a small cargo airline that eventually became one of the first regional feeders for FEDEX and Pan American Airways. He has owned a number of small businesses, has served as president of one of the general aviation divisions of American Airlines, Signature Flight Support aircraft sales division, and later, Fairchild Dornier Aircraft Company.  He served on the advisory board of Piper Aircraft, Fairchild Aircraft, and the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) and has also been a director of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Aircraft Resale Association, and other trade organizations. Following 9/11 Dean served on the Aviation Security Task Force which established procedures to allow safe travel on aircraft in the United States and Europe. 

Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from DePauw University, Masters degrees in public administration and business administration from Golden Gate University, and a Masters degree in religious studies from Liberty University.  He currently serves as Pastor of Ministry Operations at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas.  Dean speaks on the need for ethical standards in business and life throughout the United States. He and Vicki, his wife of forty-three years, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Formats: Hardcover, Ebook

Pages: 168

ISBN PB: 978-1-883911-00-3

ISBN EB: 978-1-883911-50-8

Release Date: 11/01/2010


“Dean Rush is an angel without wings and one of the finest mentors in America.  He has packed five lifetimes into one: family man, fighter pilot, aviation entrepreneur, aviation executive and pastor. He is my friend and co-worker. I get to enjoy his grace, wisdom and common sense every day. And now, you do too!” —Robert Emmitt, pastor, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas

“This is a must read. Dean’s description of his life, and lessons learned, is not only captivating, but will provide the proper motivation for anyone going through any type [of] crisis! I only wish I had read this book nine years ago.” —Bobby Hillin, NASCAR driver and business owner

“Dean Rush is a wonderfully wise and skillfully competent leader and pilot. In Flying Free, he provides us a rich reservoir to draw from as we learn to face personal tragedy and resume full flight.” —Dr. Dave Earley, Director of the Lovett Center for Ministry Training, Director and Chair of Pastoral Leadership and Church Planting, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

“With a strong belief in God, Dean Rush shares his living testimony of faith and flies on an eagle’s wings above the darkest of storms.” —Chuck Carroll, Major General USAF (Retired)

“Dean provides some excellent ideas about how God often uses specific problems to lead us to His very purpose for our life.” —Norm Miller, chairman, Interstate Batteries

“A book you must read. Dean’s testimony is inspiring and gives hope. Practical skills for leadership and mentoring. Thank you for sharing your story.” —Vicky Coppock on Amazon.com

“I encourage you to read Dean’s story, and to apply the wisdom he shares.  His faithfulness and humility are rare for men in his caliber.  I’ve had the honor of his mentoring, and friendship, through good and tough times in both of our lives, and you would do well to add this to your library, and better, to your understanding of character.  Thanks for your leadership Dean!” —Daniel Comp on Amazon.com

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