‘God’s Not Dead’ Film Director Harold Cronk Publishes Children’s Book, ‘The Beard Ballad’  

‘God’s Not Dead’ Film Director Harold Cronk Publishes Children’s Book, ‘The Beard Ballad’  
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‘God’s Not Dead’ Film Director Harold Cronk Publishes Children’s Book,
‘The Beard Ballad,’ 

with Foreword by Phil Robertson

“Harold Cronk has captured what it means to be a dad—to teach, to give, to share, and to love.” —Phil Robertson

SCOTTVILLE, MICH. — Harold Cronk, director of the acclaimed, award-winning movie ‘God’s Not Dead, has released his first children’s book, The Beard Ballad. In the spirit of Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss, it tells the whimsical tale of a father who bonds with his son as their beards grow long for the month of November.

The inspiration for The Beard Ballad came two years ago when Cronk’s then-5-year-old son gave him a hug and rubbed his cheek against his dad’s. “He pushed me away and said, ‘Dad, your face is all pokey and rough.’ I told him, ‘Those are my ‘Ferocious Facial Follicles!’ In that moment, The Beard Ballad was born.”

While Cronk wrote a book that could be read to all children, it’s specially designed for fathers and sons. Cronk observed, “As fathers, we can be so busy working to provide for our families that we sometimes forget how important it is to invest our time in growing good young men who will own the future.”


As Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty wrote in the foreword,

“Harold Cronk has captured what it means to be a dad—to teach, to give, to share, and to love. Whether it’s duck hunting, chopping wood, reading books, or growing beards together, that time spent between a father and son is a gift. Maybe the most important gift a father can give his son.” 

Cronk dedicated the book to his father, who died of Alzheimer’s Disease two years ago, and who showed him what it meant to be a man. Cronk says, “he gave me more than he could have ever imagined.”

Cronk credited Troy Duhon, executive producer of the ‘God’s Not Dead’ films, for his help making the book become a reality: “Troy was really enthusiastic about it and helped direct me to the resources I needed to get it published. He also helped show the book to the Robertson family from the ‘Duck Dynasty’ television series.” 

The book features illustrations from Casey S. Fritz. “Casey was wonderful to work with. He took my concepts and brought the vision to life,” Cronk said. 

The Beard Ballad by Harold Cronk is available now from Amazon and directly from the author by visiting BeardBallad.com





Harold Cronk is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. His big break came in 2006 when his short film, War Prayer (2006), earned him Best Director at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival. Cronk then founded 10 West Studios in his native West Michigan where he and his partners began producing family-friendly entertainment. 10 West Studios has produced over a dozen films, including The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure (2012) and Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson (2014), both written and directed by Cronk. 

Cronk’s first box office hit, God’s Not Dead (2014), and sequel, God’s Not Dead 2 (2016), landed him the opportunity to helm Universal Studios Unbroken: Path To Redemption (2018). Based on the life of Louis Zamperini, the film received rave reviews from audiences, earning an A cinema score, as well as the Movie Guide award for Best Movie for Mature Audiences. God Bless the Broken Road (2018), also received high marks from audiences with an A cinema score and was released in partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to raise awareness and support for our military heroes and their families. 

To date, Cronk’s films have grossed over $100 million dollars in the domestic box office. He currently has several projects in development, including a Christmas Family Adventure film and a Fairytale Family Adventure franchise. He spends his free time fishing and exploring the wilds of Northern Michigan with his wife and children.

Cynthia Tait

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