Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What's this book about?

Have you ever wondered about how things got to be the way they are? Have you ever wondered about what it really means to be an American? Have you ever wondered about the role that your ancestors played in shaping this country? If you have ever asked yourself those kinds of questions, then this book is for you!

An American Family Bible is a novel that is based on real people, places and events. It is the story of a family and their contributions to America's story. It is a book about relationships, connections, race, religion, politics, love, hatred, prejudice, oppression, murder, war, theft, adversity, perseverance, survival and freedom.

This is a book of perspective. It tells the story of a nation from the vantage of those who actually lived it. It is not a history textbook. It is not a story of uninterrupted success and righteousness. It is also not a story about the usual cast of characters, though many of those "great men of history" do appear in its pages. This is a story about people just like you and me, and how they faced the many challenges which came their way.

The book is based on over forty years of research into the author's ancestral roots, and the family stories which he heard over the course of a lifetime from Southern grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. That rich tradition of storytelling also informed the way that this novel was organized (as a series of stories). Moreover, the title and organization of the novel also drew on the model of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures on which all of the characters depended as a guide for their morality and faith, and which they used to record the milestones of their lives.

An American Family Bible begins with the story of Native Americans, and their introduction to European settlers. It follows European settlement throughout the colonial period and recounts the circumstances which led those people to rebel against England. From there, the story of how the new nation expanded across the continent by taking land from the natives and enslaving Africans is retold. The Old Testament ends with the great cataclysm that we call the American Civil War, and the New Testament begins with the story of Reconstruction and the rebuilding of ruined lives. The book traces the nation's and the family's expansion westward, through two world wars and a Great Depression. The story concludes with the death of the family's matriarch, and the author's realization that the story never ends.


1 comment:

  1. Although this book is a novel, An American Family Bible is based on a substantial body of research. For those interested in the genealogy behind the book, you may want to check this out: