Dr. John K. LaShell has written several articles for local newspapers and was a contributor to the Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860), as well as the author of four other books. Dr. LaShell has been greatly influenced by the theology of Jonathan Edwards, and this influence is clearly reflected in The Beauty of God for a Broken World. He explains why he wrote The Beauty of God for a Broken World as follows.
"After a young man from our church moved out of the area, he began visiting atheists’ websites in order to convert them. Instead they converted him. When I reconnected with him sometime later, he described the God of the Bible as ugly. This book is a response to his charge. What do I hope people will take away from this book? I want people to see the beauty of God in the areas where He is most criticized. Thoughtful outsiders need this in order to come to faith in Christ. Christians need this for their worship to become as deep as it is wide."
Dr. LaShell holds a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, an M.A. from Talbot Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary. He entered the pastoral ministry in 1970. He has served Grace Community Church in Allentown, PA since 1994. For seven years, while serving a church in western Pennsylvania, he was a part-time lecturer in humanities at the DuBois campus of Penn State University. He and his wife Heather were married in 1968; they have two children and four grandchildren.