Dordt College News

Schaap’s “Pilgrim” published in prestigious literary journal

August 30, 2010

Award-winning writer and Dordt College professor James Calvin Schaap has received another honor: his latest short story has been published in a prestigious literary journal.

Schaap’s story “Pilgrim” is featured in Issue 66 of IMAGE, a literary and arts quarterly. Schaap is no stranger to the publication. Previously, IMAGE has published two of his essays and a short story.

Founded in 1989, IMAGE publishes literature and art that address the spiritual struggles of people of faith. Each issue includes fiction, poetry, painting, and more.

“It is inclined toward people in the circle of faith and the genre of writing,” said Schaap.

In “Pilgrim,” Schaap takes on the topic of spiritual turmoil. After a former pastor’s wife leaves him, the pastor takes leave from the pulpit to teach in a small college. He struggles to understand the past and to forgive his former wife and himself.

“I aim to tell a real story about a real person,” said Schaap. “He is a Christian, but this doesn’t keep him out of the doldrums of doubt.”
The story is featured on IMAGE’s front cover and is one of two short stories selected for the magazine. Only eight stories per year are selected for publication.

To purchase a copy, visit IMAGE’s Web site

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