We had so much fun with Jane Perrine when she joined us last spring to talk about her book, The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, we decided to ask her back to tell us more about the main character from the Tales from Butternut Creek series. She has also offered a free book to one of our commenters. Don’t forget to enter your email below.
So here she is …
One of the earliest seeds of the character Adam Jordan, the young, inexperienced minister and the teller of the Tales from Butternut Creek series, came from a story my father told. He was ordained when he was eighteen in the Christian Church in Lewisburg, KS. His first sermon was on the Old Testament; his second, on the New Testament. “After that,” Dad told me, “I got really worried because I didn’t have anything more to preach on.”
But he did. For nearly sixty more years, while he practiced medicine, he preached, filling pulpits all over the Kansas City area and never accepting a penny for those sermons. People liked to hear him preach because he had a quiet and humble faith that could be seen in his every action and heard in every word he spoke. As Francis of Assisi wrote, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
My parents always took me to church. I sang in the high school choir, was active in youth groups, and went to church camp every summer. In all those settings, I met people who influenced my life and I’ve thanked them in the dedication of many of my books. Many became part of the creation of Adam Jordan although I didn’t realize at the time I’d ever write this character.
Of course, there’s my husband, one of the finest and most faithful people I know and a great preacher. When George was called to serve a small church in the Ozarks of Missouri a year after we married, I followed. For the character of Adam Jordan, add in the influence of my husband as a young inexperienced minister called to a small church in a small town.
In addition, there was my own experience. I, too, am an ordained minister. In seminary, I was called to serve a small Kentucky town on weekends. I didn’t enter that town in a tow truck but I can tell you, I was both thrilled and worried.
All these threads came together in Butternut Creek. Although George says I stole his life in these books, I didn’t, not completely. I borrowed parts of many lives. I also used mine, what I thought life would have been like if I’d been called to serve a small church in the Texas hill country. However, I chose not to use a woman minister as the main character because I didn’t want to tell that story. I felt that to delve into the problems a woman in ministry faces would detract from the core of the novels, the story of small town love and faith, of Christian community and service.
Adam lives his faith, quietly and humbly. He cares for his congregation and community, he walks his sermons. My deepest hope is that Adam will inspire the readers who visit Butternut Creek.
I’ll donate a copy of either THE WELCOME COMMITTEE OF BUTTERNUT CREEK or THE MATCHMAKERS OF BUTTERNUT CREEK to a commenter in the US or Canada. I can send it by mail or for Kindle through amazon.com
Award-winning writer Jane Myers Perrine has worked as a Spanish teacher, minister, cook, rifle instructor, program director in a state hospital, and been an active volunteer but she always wanted to write. Finally, she found time and has published books with Avalon Books, Love Inspired, and FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group. Her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman’s World magazine.
Jane’s Butternut Creek series is about a young minister serving in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas and is filled with affection and humor. The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, the first book in the series, was published in April, 2012. The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek will be available in November 20, 2012. The third book, The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek will be available in late 2013.
With her minister husband George, Jane lives north of Austin where their lives are controlled by two incredibly spoiled tuxedo cats.
The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek
Undaunted, the Widows of Butternut Creek continue their search to find a bride for Pastor Adam in The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek, the second of the Butternut Creek series.
For once, Adam and the Widows—the elderly ladies who run the church Adam serves–agree on something. Gussie Milton is the perfect woman for him. But Gussie is skittish after a traumatic experience in college. Oh, sure, she’d like a relationship but has trouble trusting and throws herself into caring for her aging parents, running her photography business, and serving the church. As Adam court Gussie, the Widows push and Gussie shies away. Can the Widows’ meddling change the couple’s lives forever? Here’s a hint: the third book in the series has the title The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek.
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