The First Stone

Rev. Jonah Newman becomes the interim pastor of a congregation where the previous pastor's counseling ministry caused too many church and community members to be ready to cast the first stone. Newman must contend with townsfolk afraid he has listened to revealing counseling session tapes and with the unsettling idea that the previous pastor's untimely death may not have been an accident. More

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About Robert Stephen Reid

Robert Stephen Reid tackles the clergy sleuth genre with the creation of his character Jonah Newman. The context makes for rich story possibilities as long as the author can avoid coming off as preachy or creating a kind of tame parlor room who-done-it. Apologies up front to those who love the latter, but I want to see a story that has a bit more suspense and with several good, unexpected plot twists. The hope is to breathe a bit of life into this kind of story.

Enough with writing about myself in the 3rd person. Now for the c.v., the stuff my spouse thinks is too academic but does indicate that I have done some thinking in print about things that matter for clergy.

Professor Reid is the Director of the Graduate Program in Organizational Communication & Leadership (MAC) and Department Head of the undergraduate Communication Department (BA) at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. Since 2000 he has served as the Chair of the Rhetoric Working Group of the Academy of Homiletics. Professor Reid is ordained to the American Baptist Ministry and has served as senior pastor as well as interim pastor for several congregations. Though his current efforts are directed toward the education of young people and individuals seeking professional advancement in their business careers, his writing interest has primarily served to discover ways to make issues of faithfulness in ministry salient and relevant to a contemporary generation of people interested in the work of clergy. Adding a book that will launch a series of novels about a 21st century clergy sleuth seems to be an extension of this concern through a different genre.

Other books by Professor Reid:

1. Other Non-fiction Books by Robert Stephen Reid

The Four Voices of Preaching (Brazos Press, 2006).

Preaching Mark (Chalice Press, 1999).

2. Non-fiction Edited Books by Robert Stephen Reid

Slow of Speech and Unclean Lips: Contemporary Images of Preaching (Cascade Books, 2010).

3. Jointly-authored Books by Robert Stephen Reid

The Six Deadly Sins of Preaching: becoming Responsible for the Faith We Proclaim (Abingdon Press, 2012); coauthor Lucy Lind Hogan.

Connecting with Your Audience: Making Public Speaking Matter (Kendall-Hunt, 2010); co-authors Jenn Supple and Ann Marie Gruber.

Connecting with the Congregation: Rhetoric and the Art of Preaching (Abingdon Press, 1999); coauthor Lucy Lind Hogan.


Review by: Marcia Patton on Aug. 9, 2012 : (no rating)
Bob Reid did an excellent first job. Had me from almost the first page, hard to put down read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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