Grand Rapids, Mich., May 14, 2013Ed’s Story, the award-winning short film series by bestselling author and pastor, Ed Dobson, premiered on ION Television Network May 12, 2013.


Shown through the lens of Dobson’s own struggle with being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2001, Ed’s Story, which is produced by Flannel and distributed by David C Cook, reveals the battle through worry, difficult times, identity, forgiveness, gratitude, and healing.

In recogonition of National ALS Awareness Month in May, each film in the series, along with special never-before-seen interviews with Ed, will be featured on the Day of Discovery program on ION Television Network every Sunday for 5 consecutive weeks.

It Ain’t Over, the first film in the series, chronicles Ed’s early struggles and descent to a dark, confining place after receiving the life-changing news. He always thought his future would be filled with preaching, writing books and spending time with his grandchildren. But through it all, Ed realized that it was not about how much time he had left, but about how he spent the time he had left. What emerges in this discovery can best be described as hope as a follower of Jesus. 

Ed’s goal in telling his story and unique perspectives in this film is that others will ask questions about their own struggles and ultimately see that there is hope.

Additional films in the series address topics such as gratefulness, healing, worry, caring for those going through difficult times, identity and more. 

ION Television Network reaches more than 100 million homes. Check local listings here: stations/ . The series will also be available to be viewed online for a limited time at beginning May 10, 2013.

Ed Dobson, pastor emeritus of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and former “Pastor of the Year” by Moody Bible Institute serves as an advisory editor for Christianity Today and consulting editor for Leadership. He holds an earned doctorate from the University of Virginia, and is author of several books including the bestselling The Year of Living Like Jesus and Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness. He moved to the United States in 1964 from Northern Ireland and now lives with his family in Grand Rapids.

Founded in 1875, David C Cook is a leading non-profit discipleship resource provider based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more than 130 years, David C Cook has served the Global Church with life transforming materials from best-selling books and curriculum, to toys and games and small group resources. With additional offices in Elgin, Illinois, as well as Paris, Ontario, Canada and Eastbourne, UK, David C Cook is a global organization whose resources are published in more than 150 languages, distributed in more than 80 countries, and sold worldwide through retail stores, catalogs, and online. Through David C Cook’s music division, Kingsway, over 30% of the top 500 praise and worship songs written by Kingsway artists are sung in churches around the world. For more information visit David C Cook on the Internet at

Flannel is a non-profit ministry that serves as a catalyst for highly creative people to communicate the way of Jesus to the world. Flannel’s primary products are short, creative films designed to start discussions on relevant issues and to deeply resonate on what matters most today. Headquartered in Western Michigan, Flannel’s products are currently sold in over 90 countries.