Plowed Fields

Plowed Fields

by Jim Barber

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A family you won't forget …

Infused with warmth, heart and hope …

Glazed with the sorrow of a devastating truth.

It's December 1960, and a cold wind is blowing a rare white Christmas toward the Baker farm in South Georgia. Joe Baker, an intense young man hell-bent on achievement and responsibility, finds himself torn between his own desire and ambition and his loyalty and responsibility to his family. The oldest of six children, Joe can be counted on to make all the right moves, but what happens when his instincts fail him?

Plowed Fields is a family saga, played out between the turbulent years of 1960 and 1970. It's the story of people coming together and falling apart, relying on God and losing faith, and pushing forward and fighting back in times of crisis.

Besides Joe, Plowed Fields features a cast of characters searching for a place to belong as they confront the hardships of their time. The Baker family is anchored by patriarch Sam, whose pirate's appearance disguises a gentle giant of goodness, and his son, Matt, who is capable of strength and force when necessary but unafraid of tenderness when the moment requires a softer touch. Matt's wife is Caroline, a practical woman whose pride occasionally gets the best of her Christian values.

Plowed Fields also features Lucas and Beauty Bartholomew, a young black man and woman struggling to build a better life for their family; Bobby Taylor, the epitome of a racist Southerner and then some; and Paul Berrien, a banker turned sheriff who has a shadow hanging over his aristocratic birthright.

Framed within that white Christmas, the Baker family seems poised on the brink of a grand experience. As the decade unfolds, however, the Bakers and their friends move from the tobacco field to the battlefield, from main street to city lights, from the church door to the gates of Hell. They face fire and famine, war and peace, good and evil—all leading up to a startling chain of events that unleashes unthinkable consequences and sends them searching for understanding of a senseless situation.

In his debut novel, Jim Barber has captured a time and place in Americana with lyrical precision and stunning beauty. Amid the darkness and evil, he has infused this story with warmth, heart and hope as promising as a newly plowed field.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156153794
Publisher: Morgan Bay Books
Publication date: 03/07/2019
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 661,174
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jim Barber grew up in South Georgia, helping his family raise hogs and working on his uncles’ tobacco farms while pursuing his dream to become a newspaper reporter. His first “public” job came at age sixteen, covering sports for his county newspaper, The Berrien Press. Jim spent the bulk of his newspaper career with United Press International’s Atlanta bureau before a short stint with the New York Daily News led him to transfer to the world of corporate journalism and a twenty-five-year career with Georgia Power and Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest utilities.

A state and national award winner for his writing, Jim previously co-edited three published books: Atlanta Women Speak, a collection of speeches from notable women such as Jane Fonda, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and author Pearl Cleage, as well as Journey of Faith and Art from our Hearts, both church histories.

While his work on the family farms is a distant memory, Jim does enjoy raising gardens in his backyard, especially tomatoes for his wife of nearly thirty-five years. Jim doesn’t eat tomatoes, but he does play a lot of tennis and works part-time as the administrator of his church. He and Becky live in Atlanta near Stone Mountain, which he climbs faithfully almost every day. They have three grown daughters, one son-in-law (soon to be two), and three grand dogs.

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Table of Contents


Part One

The White Christmas 2

The Train 122

Part Two

Angels Sing 192

The Garden 236

Faith and Grace 249

The Fire 292

Part Three

The War 396

The Dream 526

Horn of Plenty 755

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