A Book from a Friend

learningI have a section on my bookshelf of books written by friends and colleagues, and they’re all signed. It’s a special collection, because they are written by people with whom I have a connection or relationship. It’s kind of cool. Some of these books and authors are:

  • Confucius Meets Piaget: An Educational Perspective on Ethnic Korean Children and Their Parents, by Jonathan Borden
  • Shanghai Girls: Uncensored and Unsentimental, by Lan Lan
  • Lessons from a Desperado Poet, by Baxter Black (and others by Baxter)
  • Finding Your Feet in Chicago: The Essential Guide for Expat Families, by Veronique Martin-Place
  • Can Any Good Come from Nazareth? Following Jesus at a Distance, by Kevin L. Moore
  • Rolling Around Heaven All Day, by Stan Purdum (and others by Stan)
  • The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality, by Henry G. Brinton (and others by Henry)
  • More Like Not Running Away, by Paul Shephard

Some of the authors on this list have my books as well.

I bring this up as sort of a public service, since I know that during Advent, we’re often worried about finding the appropriate gift.

So I suggest that you visit my site, timothymerrill.net, select “Books” and order a novel or my latest non-fiction book, Learning to Fall: A Guide for the Spiritually Clumsy. If you order the paperback version soon, it can be at your friend’s house, or in the mail box of a family member easily in time for Christmas Eve gift-opening.

Such a gift is personal and unique — “My friend Timothy wrote this, and I thought you’d like it …” Etc. etc. Kind of cool, I think. And if your friends really like historical fiction and medieval historical fiction, they’ll love The Count of Chartres. If they would like a more whimsical novel, The Temporary Typist will keep them enthralled. The story takes place in Iowa, 1952.

How about the story of a family’s sabbatical taken back in pre-Internet days? Winkies, Toilets and Holy Places is a hoot, and you’ll be laughing — at my expense. It’s a love story, really. Non-fiction.

Gift ideas. Just a thought. Just for you.

Have a Blessed Advent season!



Now Available! LEARNING TO FALL: A Guide for the Spiritually Clumsy

learningIn life, as in skiing, falling is inevitable. We all have those disagreements with our spouses, we might get stopped for a traffic violation, we experience challenges raising the children, we will make stupid decisions we wish we could recall and we say things that can’t be taken back.

But a fall — one of those moral and spiritual tumbles we all make from time to time — doesn’t constitute a failure unless we let it. Getting back up is a part of every falling experience.

In this thoughtful, helpful book, Timothy Merrill makes the ski slopes his metaphor, using a charming collection of personal anecdotes to illustrate just how uplifting falling can be.



THE COUNT OF CHARTRES: The Reluctant Crusader

AReluctantCrusader count who doesn’t want to go to war; a peasant woman struggling to take care of her family; a pope who wants Jerusalem; an emperor who needs help … and a princess searching for an alternative destiny. It’s 26 November A.D. 1095, a date which forever sets in motion a seismic change in relations between Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Nothing More Special than Giving a Book to a Friend

TemporaryTypistReaders Weigh-in on THE TEMPORARY TYPIST

Sharing a book with a friend is perhaps the most intimate of gifts. It suggests a level of understanding and connection that doesn’t exist among merely casual acquaintances. Giving a book creates a bridge of conversation and rapport: “I enjoyed this book, and, knowing you, I think you will, too.” Sharing a book says, “I know you.”

We are approaching the holiday season, and many of you are thinking about gift-giving. It can be daunting. In fact, you may not even give a token of gratitude or appreciation to some of your friends because you simply do not know what to give. It can be hard to think of ideas, even when you’re trolling through Amazon.com or other online retailers.

Give your friends a book. Give them one of MY books!  To find out more, go to timothymerrill.net. (Notice that it is dot net, not dot com.) Complete ordering information and links are there. A paperback copy of any of the books can arrive at your home or theirs quickly. Kindle versions are also available.

But, will your friends like the book (s)? Listen to what some recent readers have said about The Temporary Typist:

The book was great, covered so much (sadness, happiness, some silliness with the printing in the back room, etc.). —Sharon

Gave me hours of enjoyment and I have passed it on to another book club. —Alison

Wonderful step into my past. I loved the Sunday dinners and the teenage angst!—Marlene

Fun book. —Tina

On Men’s Night last month for the Friday Morning Book Club, a member came up to me and said she enjoyed your book so much that she wanted to send the author a copy inscribed by all the members. Just tickled with the reception your book received. It had to be nominated. Then it had to be voted on by the full membership. Then, it was selected. At Men’s Night so many of these ladies simply gushed about it. —George

Great book. —Sylvia

Wonderful piece of literature. —Donna

Special book. —Edna

This was a joy! —Judy

Book was wonderful in its celebration of the “precious ordinary,” the pace of our lives that gets us home!! —Kathleen

This was an amazing story! It was a real attention getter. Hours of enjoyment. —Suzie


Set in Bathington, a small town in mid-twentieth century Iowa (1952), The Temporary Typist is the story of Carlton “Coop” Cooper, a widower recently retired from the railroad. After his church loses its secretary, Coop volunteers on a temporary basis. When a socialite from Chicago appears in Bathington with a Chinese girl and two young men who offer to set up a Publications Ministry, his problems seem to be over. But not all is as it seems. Who is this girl? Why is she in Bathington? What, exactly, are they printing in the back room? After the former typist is found dead, the town is rocked by several revelations that threaten to publicly humiliate Cooper, a descendant of the original Bathingtons who founded the town, and whose centennial he is helping to organize. The characters include three teenage girls, one of whom is Coop’s granddaughter, Frankie. When her research paper about Bathington reveals a shocking new detail about the town’s ancestors, Coop is uncertain what will happen. With many twists and turns, the story comes to its exciting conclusion, not in Bathington, but a Chicago cemetery.

Do not procrastinate. Go to timothymerrill.net today and get started on letting your friends know that you know them, and value your friendship. Nothing more special than giving a good book to a friend.

KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/Temporary-Typist-Timothy-Merrill-ebook/dp/B00ETQ0TZC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446489007&sr=1-1&keywords=the+temporary+typist

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