Inn-by-the Bye Stories - 20
About the Book
In an endeavor to find a fresh way into the scriptural text upon which I would be preaching, I began to develop an imaginary world populated primarily by wee folk. I found that they - the characters I developed and the way that they evolved in m mind and on the page - served me well as a consideration of how I sensed things happening in the scriptural text at hand. I want to make these stories and the world they represent newly available, and so I bring them to book form, fifty stories at a time. The cover drawing is done by Eve Sullivan, the author's granddaughter. The drawing is the artist's conception of Missus Carney, standing in the dining room of the Inn-by-the-Bye.
About the Author
I am a retired minister from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) living in the hills of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. I began writing these stories as a part of my background reflection toward sermon preparation in August 1981. I continued the discipline for nearly twenty-five years. The changes in my circumstances beginning twenty two years into the process eventually brought the series to an end. I came to refer to my stories as fairy tale exegesis of the text from which I would be preaching the following service. I now live in retirement with my wife of fifty one years, two dogs and several cats.