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Retired pastor releases first children’s book


James M. “Jerry” John will sign copies of his first book, Grandpa’s Little White Truck, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1-3 p.m. at Bookworks in Downtown Staunton.

Grandpa’s Little White Truck is a touching story for children about learning to look past the surface to see what lies underneath, related through the ‘character’ of the happiest little truck in town.  This book is the 1st in a series of 6 which will see the truck going on “a Picnic,” to “the Farm” and “the Beach,” and more. Each features a family having fun together with that ‘little white truck’ right in the middle of it all, and would be good choices for the children’s library in any church.

John is a retired United Methodist minister who served forty-two years in churches across Virginia. He and his wife Mary now live in Harrisonburg where he is embarking on his ‘second career’ as an author. The children in the ‘Truck’ stories are based on three of the author’s grandchildren, who have been very excited about being in grandpa’s books – some of the events were drawn from their lives, and artist Jason Hutton even based his illustrations on their photos!

At the end of this year Jerry will be releasing a daily devotional entitled “Great Living – Every Day a Victory” as well as “Fee the Flea,” another children’s book (this one not in the ‘Little White Truck’ series).

Call Bookworks at 540.887.0007, or visit the shop at 101 W. Beverley Street in historic downtown Staunton, with any questions.



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