A Novel in the making by Hugh Harris
Projected publication…by summer, 2018.
What’s it all about?
A young pastor, Billy Upshur, is assigned to serve a rural Virginia circuit in the community of Strong’s Creek. On the road to the small church at Frog Hollow, he is violently confronted by some men who taunt him. When one of them fires a rifle at Billy, he flees in fear and confusion. A strong winter storm buys him time to calm down and renew his commitment to ministry. He returns determined to take the situation in stride. More challenges follow, but he grows stronger through them. The underlying issue is a gas pipeline expansion that will invade the land and community where a small group of people have deep roots and a lifestyle of their own. As feelings are vented around him, Billy seeks a way for people to feel secure and respect each other no matter how the issue is finally resolved. Only with God’s help can Billy pull this off.
The story is rooted in Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff–they comfort me.” (NRSV)
Some emerging characters: Gus Wheeler, Burly Branson, Waya, Mama Jean, Bernie and Holly Jinks, Zeke, Oscar Bender, Clint and Lottie Upshur, Carrie Glossner, Cam Bordain, Bunk Cooper.