In Elwayne’s Exhortations, the author, now ninety-three years old, places a generous serving of original poems, stories (stateside and overseas, Peace Corps and missionary), Bill-isms and online exhortations on the reader’s plate.
Everything has a definite “owned by the Lord Jesus” flavor. But it is believed that the Christian bias will not spoil the meal for those of other persuasions who have an appetite for stories of growing up in America’s Great Depression and/ or of working in the Civilian Public Service program during World War II and/ or of serving overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer (and later as a member of a Christian medical team in the same Islamic country) and/or of working as night and weekend manager in a small-city homeless shelter in America’s Midwest.
Of his poems, the author says, “Probably sometimes I stretch the boundaries of poetic license, but it’s fun. And I think I’m getting the point across to the reader.”
Of his book, he says, “My various writings represented here are about the only things of value that I’ve accrued for bequeathing to anyone. The good news is: this bequest has, I believe, a lot more prayer accompanying it than usually accompanies bequests of material possessions.