Ian Palmer



Young Adult, Motivational, Spiritual, Outdoor Adventure, Teen Angst, Christian Inspiration



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Ian Palmer is a partner of Higgs-Palmer Technologies. In his career he specialized in fracking (hydraulic fracturing), shale gas, and coalbed methane. He has a Ph.D. from Adelaide University, Australia. As a petroleum engineer Ian consulted all over the world. Now retired, his “work” is writing books and blogs. He has always been fascinated by the interface between faith and science.

Ian’s recent books are Hiking Toward Heaven (about hiking adventures with a mysterious stranger) and Weed and Water. The book Weed and Water is about teen angst…. Ethan is a star athlete who gets into sex and drugs, while the novel explores life-principles around failure, shame, forgiveness, trust with adults, and hope. Information about both books is available on Ian’s website: www.IanDexterPalmer.com. He is also finishing a third book called Fracman (about fracking and earthquakes). The book clarifies truths and untruths about fracking as used in shale-oil-gas wells, as well as the risks and rewards. It’s actually a Greek tragedy. But yes, it also contains a love story about two of the fracking engineers.

Ian gives entertaining presentations called “Fracking and Earthquakes” that utilize props and audience participation. They have been very well-received. The presentations are for non-specialists. If you are interested in this, please contact him at his email below. Ian lives near the mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he loves to hike and dance and play pickleball. And of course stimulating conversation. His credo is “Helping Someone to Hope.” Email: ian@higgs-palmer.com


HikingTowardHeavenTitle: Hiking Toward Heaven
Publisher: Authorhouse (2010)
Genre: Inspirational

An adventurous series of hikes in the mountains and canyons of the Southwest United States… An encounter with a mysterious stranger who makes an intriguing proposition … An exploration into the powerful Christian themes of love, grace, and forgiveness … A new formula for dealing with obstacles that life puts in our way … Glimpses of heaven we can identify with … Altogether, an uplifting reminder of that key Christian attitude—hope—with practical encouragement for tough economic times. Packed with wisdom and spiced with intrigue, this book views all these aspects through the wide-open eyes of children and the experienced eyes of a scientist. It is an enchanting story that rocks along from one hiking episode to the next, all on the edge of God’s interaction with humankind. The mystery is engaging, and the emotions are stirring enough to bring a tear to the eye.

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WeedAndWaterTitle: Weed and Water
Publisher: Plain Talk Book Marketing (2014)
Genre: Inspirational

A mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping teammates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman. After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom. The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention.

The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.

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