Dordt College News

Dordt Press releases 55 and Counting

May 21, 2004

Step into the world of James Calvin Schaap.

His latest book, Fifty-five and Counting, is an invitation into Jim’s living room, where “been there, done that” stories from his life rekindle in readers the memories of poignant moments in their own lives. 55 and Counting

From the birth of his first grandchild to the death of his father, Schaap and his book’s giant transparent eyeball let you peek into his soul (as well as your own) to share experiences ranging from a first kiss to life in Siouxland.

The essays in this collection of stories deal with matters of identity, with our understanding of home, and with the joys and sorrows of writing itself. In addition, Fifty-five and Counting includes a number of short stories that have appeared only in magazines but not an earlier collection, including “Sacrifice,” a story about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands that won the Iowa Arts Council’s Fiction Award a decade ago. A few stories pop you into historic places such as Wounded Knee and World War II. Others, like “Meditation from the Clothesline,” could be written in your backyard.

Fifty-five and Counting was written as a retrospect of Schaap’s 55 years of life. It is a sequel to Thirty-five and Counting, a collection put together at the age of 35 (also published by Dordt College Press).

“I hope this collection of stories and essays, two decades later, shows some advance, some movement toward greater accomplishment and--may I be so bold?--wisdom,” says Schaap in the forward.

An English professor at Dordt College, Schaap is the author of more than 20 books, including his novels Romey’s Place, The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, Home Free, and In the Silence There Are Ghosts.

Schaap’s latest novel, Touches the Sky, was presented an Award of Merit in the fiction category of the Christianity Today 2004 annual book awards, published in the May edition of the magazine. His work has been awarded five top Evangelical Press Association fiction awards and four Associated Church Press Awards. He was also among the authors selected this year for inclusion in the book “The Best Christian Writing 2004.”

Fifty-five and Counting is available at available at the Dordt College Bookstore (712-722-6420), True Vine in Sioux Center, or from web retailers.

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