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Best Friends

Written by Doug Kauffman

Best Friends, written by Doug Kauffmann and illustrated by Cherry Smith, is a tender story of two brothers, one nineteen years old and the other nine, who spend an afternoon at the beach before the older brother prepares to say goodbye and head back to college.

The brothers do all their favorite things: eat Kentucky Fried Chicken, drink Cokes, build a sand castle, and toss a football. Later, in the quiet of the day, they have a brothers-only conversation about the love of Jesus. They are best friends, and neither wants the day to end.


About the Author

Kauffmann is the retired pastor of the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C., where he and his wife, Sally, served for 20 years; Sally was minister of music and education at Connie Maxwell Baptist Church. Doug is an adjunct professor of religion at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. He is the author of two previous books: The Best Heroes and Tobias’s Story: The Life and Civil War Career of Colonel Tobias B. Kaufman 2nd Edition.


Illustrated by Cherry Smith

Smith teaches preschool in Greenwood. A visual arts graduate of Lander University, she is a featured speaker at schools and libraries and is the author and illustrator of two books for children: Juniper Jupiter: World’s Greatest Juggler and Sleepwalk Jones.

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Complete the form below to purchase Doug Kauffmann’s Best Friends book. We are requesting a minimum donation of  $12.00 per softcover book and $20.00 per hardcover book. Shipping is included. All proceeds from the book will help the children and families at Connie Maxwell. Thank you for your support!