I’ve written (a bit) about my upcoming memoir, The Love That Matters, some here. It should be available for purchase in the next few weeks. And once that book is available, I will have a great deal more to say about it.
Until then, the Kindle edition of this book, Bible Stories: Reading Between the Lines, is available for purchase now. This is anthology of short stories based (or inspired) by Bible passages and stories in scripture, edited by Pastor Megan Rohrer of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco (out in the avenues, a place I remember quite well from oh so long ago…). A friend of mine, Angela Nelson (an ELCA pastor in upstate New York) told me about this project earlier this year and suggested I send them a story or two.
I sent them three. The first, “Brothers,” tells the story of Isaac and Ishmael’s meeting to bury their father Abraham (Genesis 25:9-10). The second, “The Undead,” tells the story of Korah — the leader of a failed rebellion against Moses in Numbers 16 — who was swallowed up by the earth and taken down to Sheol (Hades, the land of the dead) alive. The final story is “A Street Called Straight,” which recounts the difficult conversation Ananias and his companions have over what to do with the blind and helpless Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:17-19).
The goal of the project, as I remember from the original solicitation for stories, was for:
… fictional stories that flesh out little known characters or tell stories with an eye toward contemporary issues. This is not meant to be a translation or another version of the bible like The Message, rather authors will create a fictional story inspired by the ideas, characters or well known stories and reimagine them in a contemporary setting. This may include writing about a character we don’t know much about, or telling the before or after story that doesn’t appear in the gospels.
I tried to do that. So go get yourself a copy. The Kindle edition is available now, and I understand that the physical book should be in stock in a couple of weeks.