A Dirty Old Man Gets Worse: John Cowart's 2006 Diary
Have great reading fun as you track joys and frustrations in this light-hearted writer’s diary. Laugh as this happy man wrestles with temptations and ponders the existence and nature of God.... More > Smile at his antics over editing a Civil War diary and the autobiography of a 100-year-old man while at the same time caring for a duck attacked by a raccoon. Enjoy a year’s worth of fun with his wild and rambunctious family. Be amused at the false and mistaken report of his death; and relish his abiding joy in life. Follow John’s exploits as he plans to write THE WORLD’S GREATEST BOOK ON HUMILITY! as a future project.< Less
Rebel Yell: The Civil War Diary Of John Thomas Whatley CSA
John Cowart edited this hitherto unpublished diary of a Confederate soldier. John Thomas Whatley’s diary has been hidden away for almost 150 years and is here presented for the first time.... More > Whatley, of Coweta County, Georgia, wrote in a bound farmer’s ledger from March 2, 1862, till November 27, 1864. In neat Spencerian script Whatley’s diary opens with his accounts while preparing for the defense of Savannah, Georgia; most of the diary’s pages record events there. The diary portion of the text ends with his serving near Petersburg, Virginia. Apparently, much of this time he served with General William J. Hardee’s cavalry. The yankees killed Whatley at Bentonville, North Carolina, on April 14, 1865 — the same day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.< Less
Gravedigger's Christmas & Other Tales
John Cowart’s collection, Gravedigger’s Christmas & Other Tales: Fact, Fiction, And The Normal Daily Grind, provides entertaining and amusing, yet enlightening, short stories,... More > articles and essays related to daily life as well as to various holidays. Readings in the 230 page book range from “John Burns His Own Stupid Foot” for April Fool’s Day, to serious meditations such as “The Ugliest Picture In The World” for Easter. In these pages love stories abound, such as “The Girl In My Shower” and “The Fig Factor”. And the book also addresses deep philosophical and theological issues such as “Are There Reindeer In Heaven?” and “Was Jesus A Ghost?”. All these chapters combine to make for light happy reading no matter what the occasion — even if it’s just making it through your normal daily grind.< Less
THE DIARY OF SAMUEL WARD, A TRANSLATOR OF THE 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE
Samuel Ward, a moderate Puritan, lived from 1577 to 1643. His life spanned from the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, through that of King James. and into the days of Charles I.
Surviving... More > pages of his diary run from May 11, 1595 to July 1, 1632.
He served the Second Cambridge Company Translation Committee, comprised of the finest biblical and linguistic scholars of his day, to produce the 1611 King James Bible, the world’s most popular book.
Ward walked a thin line between Puritan and Established Church factions. While perusing his academic career at Cambridge, he preached solid Puritan sermons yet rose to become the royal chaplain for King James, head of the Established Church.
Ward’s diary reveals that while he cared deeply about larger academic, political and church polity matters, his main concern was his own walk with Christ.
He wrote to remind himself of his daily sins and faults, and also to remind himself of God’s many blessings to him.< Less