This post is long overdue! But, as usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short for everything.
My dear friend, Bob Church, has a book out that has become one of my new, all-time treasured possessions. Many people already know Bob and have purchased Book of My Heart. But just in case you haven’t been lucky enough to read it, I hope to spread the joy as much as possible.
When I first met Bob, he instantly felt like kin. For that matter, he’s better than kin, because he doesn’t tell me to get a real job or cut my hair. AKA “Bubba” or “the most exotic thing in Moberly, Missouri,” Bob is a kind and genuine person. His personality radiates from the page. It seems Bob has never met a stranger. So in a sense, we’re all his kin.
Bob is an excellent storyteller. That’s all there is to it. From riding the rails in Searching For Bo Belinsky to the foggy Seattle skyline of Ferry Tale, Bob’s stories have one theme in common–humanity. Each story is woven with the craftsmanship of a fine writer. Each story is a song unto itself.
During my recent move, I thought of Bob as I met several interesting characters at truck stops. That might seem like an odd way to describe a writer, but it makes perfect sense to me. Bob notices small things when most people hurry past. Bob has a heart for people, no matter what their situation or “status” is in society.
Bob is also an awesome poet. One of my favorite poems in his book is Vented Four-Poster–$100 (as is). This poem really hit me, as I had just sold some of my old furniture before moving. Again, Bob’s words sing a song as they tell the story:
Only the mattress complained, resisting all attempts at displacement.
A few memories rose from the small stains that remained despite her
best attempts at removal; militant in posture, defiant to the end.
Bob can turn even the mind numbing task of selling an old bed into a story. All those old stains, rusty springs, and dust make for some sweet memories.
You can purchase Bob’s Book of My Heart by clicking HERE. There is a nice sample preview of the book at that link.
You can also check out more of Bob’s work at his blogsite, Not Quite Right Bubba . Drop in and tell him how much you love his work. I know I did.
Bob’s work often makes me laugh. Sometimes, he makes me bawl like a baby. But always he makes me think. I raise my glass to you, Bob “Bubba” Church. You’re a great storyteller, poet, and friend.