John Killinger

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Noted minister and theologian John Killinger has pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, Virginia, the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and famous Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Following tenures at several well-known universities, his last post was as Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Among his many inspiring books are Beginning Prayer (Upper Room); Winter Soulstice (Crossroad); 365 Simple Gifts from God and Day by Day with Jesus (both from Abingdon Press); and five novels, Jessie in the Smokies, The Night Jessie Sang at the Opry, The Zacchaeus Solution, Maggie Bowles and the Mystery of the Marigold Turtle, and The Good Fundamentalist (all from Intermundia Press). He is presently working on a grief memoir called Missing Annie.

Books

Maggie Bowles and the Mystery of the Marigold Turtle

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When Maggie Bowles and her ex-CIA husband Bill arrive on tiny Marigold Island, where she is to be the summer pastor of a small resort church, her only experience with crime has been as the chaplain of a women’s prison.  But she is soon thrown into deep waters by her curiosity over the theft of a priceless antique golden turtle that once belonged to Lord Marigold, whose grand chateau once stood where the Belleview Hotel now stands.

While continuing to perform the duties of a minister (including officiating at several bizarre summer weddings), Maggie joins the island’s police chief, red-headed Buck DePrato, in the search for a thief—and then, as the plot thickens, a murderer.  

Following her work as both pastor and detective, we meet such unforgettable characters as Buttercup Dalrymple, the one-of-a-kind “personals” columnist for the local news rag; retired Professor Arthur Smith, who enjoys romping about in the altogether; Dennis Snow, a Native American veteran of the war in Vietnam now living in a cave on the far side of the island; and Lulu Bainbridge, a local florist with her own special way of torturing the English language.

Anybody who enjoys the novels of English authors Miss Read and M. C. Beaton will fall in love with Maggie Bowles.  And anybody who has ever visited Mackinac Island, Michigan, will swear that that charming little resort destination has somehow been reincarnated here with a new name and (a few) new characters.

$25.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-12-9          cloth, 381 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

Bread for the Wilderness, Wine for the Journey

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In an intensely personal way, John Killinger talks about the deeper meaning of prayer and the inner life. Bread for the Wilderness/Wine for the Journey is a spiritual pilgrimage that enables the reader to delve into the recesses of his or her inner self; to catch a new glimpse of the power of prayer, not only in Jesus’ life, but in ours as well; to help us in our own journey to be more attuned to the things of the spirit, and more open to following the silent whisperings and mystery of God’s leading.

Bread for the Wilderness, Wine for the Journey is a truly wonderful book. . . .

— Norman Vincent Peale

. . . this book helped me to find the deep meaning in life again.

— Ramona Retzlaff

Bread for the Wilderness, Wine for the Journey filled a real vacuum in my life.

— Dan M. Aycock

$17.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-06-8          paper, 129 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

Jessie in the Smokies

Jessie in the Smokies

Imagine Jesus living as an artist in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

This is her story.

$18.95     ISBN 978-1-887730-15-0          paper, 258 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

The Night Jessie Sang at the Opry

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In this sequel to Jessie in the Smokies, Jessie returns to life as a country music singer in Nashville, Tennessee, often called “the Vatican City of America” because of its numerous religious headquarters. Propelled into the spotlight by her plaintive voice and original songs, she issues a compelling call to righteousness and honesty on the religious scene. But this is soon met by staunch resistance from a number of highly placed church leaders. And when some of those leaders turn out to be underworld figures as well, Jessie’s death is a foregone conclusion. She is killed during a Good Friday concert at the Grand Ole Opry. But, as it is with Jesus in the Gospel stories, this isn’t the end of the narrative, for Jessie keeps a date for an extraordinary interview with a persistent reporter from one of Nashville’s newspapers, and the entire city is electrified at the story of her return.

$18.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-00-6          paper, 389 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

The Zacchaeus Solution

The Zacchaeus Solution

When Pastor Jack Myers and his wife Myralee decide to give half of their savings to prevent two of their church’s staff members from being laid off, they start a chain reaction that reverberates not only through their church but throughout their entire community and eventually the nation and the world.

This is a heartwarming story about the Christian ethic in action. Readers should be warned that they won’t be the same after reading it, and they may feel led to give away their money or possessions to help others during this time of financial desperation. That’s the exciting thing about this book—it can truly change your life!

Several people have already suggested that The Zacchaeus Solution could be the In His Steps of our generation. Like Charles Sheldon’s novel that led millions in the Great Depression to ask, “What would Jesus do?”, this book has the power to alter how we believe and live.

Don’t just read this book. Pass it on. In fact, share it with your whole church!

$18.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-14-3          paper, 221 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

What the Blind Man Saw

What the Blind Man Saw

Hidden Mark, the book on which this book is based, is the most revolutionary new approach to the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark in history. Treating the two walking-on-the-sea stories (and also the Transfiguration narrative) as resurrection stories, not mere miracle accounts, author John Killinger shows how the texts around these narratives support his interpretation and explain why Mark doesn’t offer a traditional resurrection story at the end, as the other Gospels do. This book allows us to put Mark under the microscope in a completely new way, so that we understand several age-old conundrums in his Gospel, including the Messianic Secret, the ridiculous stupidity of Jesus’ disciples, the unusual status of women, and the way blind people can see the truth about Jesus when no one else does.

$18.00          ISBN 978-1-887730-16-7          paper, 171 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

The Good Fundamentalist

The Good Fundamentalist

Meet Clovis Bell, pastor of the Good Hope Baptist Church in Hardwick, Kentucky. Loving husband. Father. A man beloved by his church and his community. A pastor sure of his faith, his conviction, and his religious principles. But his world is about to be turned upside down and inside out because of a false allegation of molestation made against one of his parishioners. Rev. Bell must make changes, some of them incremental, others quite radical, if he is to be the good fundamentalist. You cannot read this book without being transformed.

$19.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-39-6          paper, 264 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

From Poppy with Love: Letters from a Grandfather to the Grandchildren He Isn’t Allowed to See

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When Anne Kathryn Killinger’s A Son Is a Son Till He Gets a Wife: How Toxic Daughters-in-Law Destroy Families was published, it helped kickstart a growing movement called Alienated Grandparents Anonymous. Now Anne’s husband, John, has written this absorbing book of letters to their grandchildren in the hope that they will one day read it and understand more about the lives and dreams and personalities of the grandparents they were prevented from seeing. From Poppy, With Love is tender, thoughtful, wise, and loving, and will be of interest to many readers who have never had the problem that it deals with. As Rev. Paul Lowder says, “Don’t be fooled. This book is not only for grandparents who cannot see their grandchildren. It’s for children, adults, and seniors who need more wisdom in dealing with families.”

In this straight-from-the-heart book, Rev. Dr. John Killinger addresses his own pain at being excluded from his grandchildren’s lives. In letter after letter, he passes along the life lessons and loving stories he would much prefer to share in person. The book is a must-read not only for alienated grandparents, but for the grandchildren who have missed out on one of the most special bonds life can offer.

— Amanda

                                                            Founder and President of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous

$18.95     ISBN 978-1-887730-28-0          paper, 188 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

From Poppy with Love 2: More Letters from a Grandfather to the Grandchildren He Isn’t Allowed to See

From Poppy with Love 2

When John Killinger published From Poppy, with Love, a volume of letters for the grandchildren he isn’t allowed to visit, he thought he had provided all the information his grandchildren would need to understand their paternal grandparents and their feelings about things. He soon found that he missed writing to the grandchildren, however, so continued to jot down his thoughts. Before he knew it, he had another book-length collection of these letters.

In this second volume, he notes, he could touch on many things not dealt with in the first-new memories of their father as a child; musings on education; favorite TV programs; hearing from former first lady Barbara Bush; the death of their Great-uncle Jack, who was a vice-president of Sears; reflections on heaven and what it might be like; getting a new puppy named Toby; and enjoying another Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Even readers who haven’t had a problem getting to see their grandchildren will enjoy the naked sensitivity of these letters and the many subjects they touch upon. Collectively, they are about what it means to be deeply human and to truly care about one’s family.

$18.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-30-3          paper, 213 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

From Poppy with Love 3: Even More Letters from a Grandfather to the Grandchildren He Isn’t Allowed to See

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When John Killinger published From Poppy, With Love, a volume of letters for the grandchildren he isn’t allowed to visit, he thought he had provided all the information his grandchildren would need to understand their paternal grandparents and their feelings about things. He soon found that he missed writing to the grandchildren, however, so continued to jot down his thoughts, which became From Poppy, with Love: More Letters from a Grandfather to the Grandchildren He Isn’t Allowed to See.

This third volume, he notes, would not have been written were it not for a Valentine card and a dream, which made such an impact that the grandchildren needed to be told. Herein are further adventures of Toby the dog, instances of great joy and tremendous sorrow, all conveyed by a master storyteller. An important part of this collection of letters addresses Grammy’s discovery of and treatment for cancer in a thoughtful, loving way, and then the sad news of Grammy’s death.

Even readers who haven’t had a problem getting to see their grandchildren will enjoy the naked sensitivity of these letters and the many subjects they touch upon. Collectively, they are about what it means to be deeply human and to truly care about one’s family.

$18.95          ISBN 978-1-887730-41-9          paper, 268 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

 

The Caregiver’s Bible

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The Caregiver’s Bible is a true and honest account of the author’s difficult journey as his beloved wife Annie struggled with incurable cancer. An experienced pastor, he often turned to the Bible for comfort and spiritual support. Many of the passages he found most helpful are cited in this book in the hope that they will inspire other caregivers as well.

$15.99          ISBN 978-1-887730-40-2          paper, 280 pp.         PayPal.Me/EricKillinger

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