James Baker developed his passion for history and religion while in high school, during his days as a Bulldog. He is a graduate of Baylor and Florida State Universities and has for many years taught at Western Kentucky University. Throughout his career he has been a prolific writer, authoring 22 books and over 60 articles. His articles have appeared in such places as Christian Century, Commonweal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The American Benedictine Review. His creative talents and his unique points of view and insights have also made him a highly sought after speaker. He has delivered addresses and papers in the United States, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, China, and other Asian countries. He often appears in a one person show-presentation of industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In addition to his teaching duties, James directs the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.