By Brenna Wiegand
His legacy continues.
In December, the family of Dale Price unveiled two books compiled from his life and writings.
Price, co-founder and executive director of Canyonview Camp in the Silverton hills, died April 16, 2011, at 63.
His wife Ruby Price, family and friends now consider the vast writings Dale left behind words of comfort from heaven – and a job to do.
“Even though we have at times been overwhelmed with grief, we have been able to bring to completion the books that Dale was working on before he died,” Ruby said.
Family friend Jaira Hill, she added, was instrumental in bringing Two Copper Coins and Embracing the Refiner’s Fire to completion.
Two Copper Coins is composed of his writings by theme, illustrated with Dale’s own photos.
The book already received a Christian book award for autobiography from Xulon Press.
“I have read Dale’s book probably 20 times through the writing and editing process, and every time I read it, I find a new nugget of truth,” said Hill, teacher in Silverton.
“The depth of the wisdom that the Lord gave Dale reveals truths that apply to every Christian who sincerely desires a closer walk with Him.”
The second book, Embracing the Refiner’s Fire, chronicles Dale’s journey, as he put it, “with the Great Shepherd into the valley of the shadow of death.”
“Throughout the process of bringing Embracing the Refiner’s Fire to press, Ruby and I tenaciously labored to ensure that the book isn’t just another cancer story,” Hill said. “The story of Dale’s journey is one of abiding in Christ, and the book’s focus is not Dale but Jesus.”
“God used Dale mightily for his whole life – the cancer only put Dale into overdrive; he was driven to share Jesus with everyone he met.”
Artist Elaine Roemen of Port Orford, Wash., created paintings for the book.
“(She) did the most beautiful paintings for the book,” Ruby said, “from the warrior on the cover to Dale’s portrait to the one of Dale entering Heaven to Jesus. They are just stunning.”
Ruby Price, family members, Hill and others are traveling around the country sharing Dale’s story of faith and hope in the face of tragedy, a bittersweet undertaking.
“It’s a blessing to go out and share his words with others,” Ruby said.
“Though he tried so hard, Dale didn’t live to see his fifth grandson, who was born 3½ months later. He left us way too soon but he left us his legacy.”
Both books are available through Amazon and at the camp for $10 while supplies last.
A dollar of each sale goes to the Dale E. Price Memorial Fund for training young Christian leaders.