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The West Virginia Histories series collects the best of those columns, divided into categories such as Animals, Crime, Civil War, Education, etc. Volume 1 presents samples from each category that will be featured in future volumes.
The State of West Virginia was born by cesarean section, its survival chances precarious, its legitimacy in question. The last slaveholding state admitted to the Union, it is the only state that owes its existence to America’s Civil War. In Virginia’s counties west of the Shenandoah Valley grievances against the Richmond government had long threatened to rend the state in two, and when Virginia de
Hagar finds herself being forced to leave her home, hated by the woman she serves, cast out of the camp, and pregnant. Who will help her in the desert? Who can see her? The story of Hagar is retold by historian and minister, Charles Millson, in an exciting new fictional account based on the Bible story.
Mephibosheth, the disabled young grandson of King Saul, is summoned to the palace of the new King David. What does the new ruler want? Is he trying to eliminate all possible claimants to the throne? Or is he motivated by something greater than power? And why does his grandfather's former servant seem to want him destroyed?
The author of this play, James Thomas Baker, knew Thomas Merton and wrote the original version of the play soon after Merton's death. This completely revised and rewritten version, done as an expression of love and admiration in 2015, is to commemorate his hundred birthday.
Become immersed in the backdrop of the 1960s Nashville as an undercover Father Columba once again rides to discover the truth behind a tragic death. Along the way, Father Columba discovers a hidden lover’s secret, Nashville’s country music scene, and nuns on roller-skates in Boys and Girls Together.
Father Columba rides again! This time he is on leave from his abbey in Pennsylvania to do a retreat on the Holy Isle of Iona, just off the west coast of Scotland. It is the tiny dot in the ocean where his namesake, Saint Columba, took refuge and built an abbey over a millennium and a half ago. While there, the new Columba is called upon to solve a murder mystery.
Tales in Verse from the Old West. The 50+ poems in this book are, first and foremost, stories. They just happen to rhyme as they weave campfire tales of men riding across a frontier of prairies and mountains. They tell of those riders' encounters with other men, women, children, animals, and sometimes with spirits not of this earth. Poetry, yes, but poetry in the tradition of Louis L'amour.
After languishing in the CIA’s archives for 60 years, a letter is uncovered in John Steinbeck’s own hand that shatters everything history tells us about the author’s life. Written in 1952, to CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith, Steinbeck makes an offer to become an asset for the Agency during a trip to Europe later that year. More shocking than Steinbeck’s letter is Smith’s reply accepting.
White Dogs is the story of Mary Charlotte Lafferty and the six men who know her in six different ways. Mary life is molded by the sometimes despicable acts perpetrated on her. Follow Mary's path of fear, shame, guilt, and finally redemption in this gripping tale of the human condition.
Peter Peacock Passes is the tale of a Texas youth in the 1960's who has to come to terms with his desire to become a minister and find a meaningful relationship. Follow Peter's misadventures as he learns to minister to his flock and the women he meets along the way. When one adds in the needs of those Peter ministers to, the path to the straight and narrow becomes complicated.
Dr. Francis Martin, drew on his experiences as a mental health counselor, health care administrator, and a volunteer at Nashville's Alive Hospice in writing Hospice Mementos. The text offers firm and solid inspiration to those who serve hospice patients and their families. The message to them is, “Thank you for your loyalty and service to someone who is important to you.”
Everyone, sometimes in his life, experiences a dark Saturday of despair like the Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ. In Faith for a Dark Saturday, Dr. Baker imaginatively tells the stories of persons in the Bible who experienced severe testing of their faith and reached the darkest hour of despair. They were not aware of the dawn of the resurrection day was to follow.
A murder, bloody, foul, unholy, has been
committed in a Benedictine Priory. Father
Superior must solve the mystery to save the
foundation; but he must depend on more
than faith, logic, or luck. The solution must
come by way of Prior Knowledge.
James Baker invites readers to participate in a conversations with his cat Sundae. Using holiday times as the conversation pieces, Sundae is comes through as real as person we know. Quick witted, critical, and a deft judge of human strengths and weaknesses; Sundae provides a barometer in which we can examine ourselves. Cat owners will instantly identify with Sundae's particular wisdom.
Growing up in 1920's rural Texas is hard enough, but nearly impossible when your father abandons the family. Follow the story of two brave brothers who take to the road in search of the father that left them and answers to their nagging questions. Quest will remind readers of Greek tragedies in the scope and depth of the personal struggle of these two lads.
James Baker recounts the escapades of a rural Texas six-man football team during the late 1950's in Dogs to Men. He follows the "Demopolis Dogs" through pratfalls on the field and growing pains off the gridiron. Baker brings you into the experience of growing up and makes the reader feel the anguish and ecstasy of what is a muddy, painful team experience.
Master story teller James Baker here follows the wild excursion of the aging Benedictine monk Father Columba as he is called out of retirement to reform a troubled priory and ends up becoming a sleuth in the 1960s South.