Air Force Lt. Col Dan Rooney may not have grown up wanting to be an author, but he's now published his second book.
“I’m definitely a non-traditional author,” said Rooney. "I've felt called to share the blessings I've had in my life."
Released on Tuesday, the book called “Fly Into the Wind,” is now available across the country. Rooney, who lives in Owasso, said the book is part spiritual guide and part call to action.
He got the title from the fact that fighter pilots take off into the wind because the resistance helps them ascend.
"Our lives are no different,” said Rooney. “This book is ultimately about harnessing that energy in our lives and understanding that struggle is an inevitable part of our journey."
In the book, Rooney provides examples from his own life and talks to successful people who overcame adversity. He also addresses his faith and how he said God has helped him. It all comes as Rooney's non-profit, Folds of Honor, continues to grow.
Despite the pandemic, Folds of Honor will send 5,000 spouses and children of fallen and disabled soldiers to school this year.
"These families are certainly flying into the wind,” said Rooney. “But with the gift of education, we're helping them send to great places in their lives."
Rooney said the book will also help support Folds of Honor as well.
"Buy this, you can change your life and you'll change the life of a folds of honor recipient as well," said Rooney.
Rooney's also launching a show on a cable streaming service. It's also called Fly into the Wind, where he interviews successful sports figures about how they overcame adversity.