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"Life is Too Short"

"Life is What We Make It"


David W. Dorris keeps doling out life lessons.

The third version of his advice book, “Life is Too Short,” this one subtitled “Life is What We Make It,” has been put out by Oklahoma-based Christian publisher Tate Publishing.

He will sign copies from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, NorthPark Mall, Davenport.

Dorris’ books began as a collection of advice that he gave to the girls softball team that he coached, which was later published as his first book. The second book was self-published, and was expanded.

“All I did was rearrange for the third book and add 20,000 words to what I was trying to say,” Dorris said.

He’s not a psychologist or psychiatrist, Dorris points out. He’s a retired employee of Ralston Purina.

The 69-year-old author has added a chapter called “Missing the Truth.”

“I think we all go through the day talking to people, and they’re missing the truth in what you’re trying to say to them,” he said. “That happens over and over.”

His first few chapters are about universal situations, he said.

“I talk about success, failure, stubbornness,” he said. “That’s a very important chapter because we all fall in there somewhere.”

Dorris said he’s been told his book has been given to people who have made large changes in their lives, including a woman who had recently been released from prison.

“These can apply to everybody about every situation. I can’t believe I did that,” he said.


Published in the Quad City Times on August 12, 2011