Shirley Taylor of Altheimer will present her latest book, “The Stable Boy”, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St., at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Taylor enjoyed a happy childhood in Pine Bluff, where she attended Gabe Meyer Elementary. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1958, married Lee Taylor in 1961 and in 1963 began work at the First National Bank of Altheimer.
Growing up she said she would never marry a farmer and never live in the country, and she is very happy doing what she never set out to do — live in the country and marry a farmer. She also had no writing aspirations, but is now a published author.
Shirley and Lee have fostered 12 children, one of whom lived with them from age 5 to 18. They are longtime members of Altheimer United Methodist Church and are very active in community activities.
Taylor is always happy for opportunities to share what God has done in her life. Her first book, “The Cross in the Egg” came through her desire to share the story of the resurrection of Christ with her Sunday School children. One night, the inspiration suddenly came to her and she sat down at her word processor and started to write. Shortly afterward, she began reading it to children’s groups in Altheimer and the surrounding areas. Before long, friends were suggesting that the manuscript be published, and at first the cost of publication seemed unreachable. Lee assured her that the book would be published and thanks to his support, the book was published and has had a second printing. The publisher received so many requests for the book, they have published a paperback edition, which is cheaper and allows more children to have it to read.
“The Stable Boy” is a simple story of faith about a little boy … one without a mother and father, a child who had no one, yet continued to believe in the love he had known. It shows how God can work in our own lives if we don’t give up when the going gets tough … and we all know at some time in our lives it will.
This story was made into a book two years ago. It was a disappointment to Taylor in the illustrations being cartoon characters and not how she intended. Her stable boy was a living little boy and this was totally unacceptable. Finally they were able to locate Buster Hall, who illustrated “The Cross in the Egg”. His home had been flooded twice, taking everything, including paints, canvases and brushes. But he had read the story some years ago and, yes, he wanted to illustrate it. Ted Parkhurst was back in the publishing business. The rest is history.
Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished following the review and the public is invited to attend.