Things are t well in Reidsville, Virginia, a country town that has maintained its connection to farming communities in spite of the sprawl of Washington, D.C. Old ways and lifestyles have held steady, but the problems facing both youth and adults have increased. The desire for excitement has played havoc on marriages; the need to cope has led some young adults into a bondage that keeps them in neutral at a time they should be in high gear. And the small Appalachian Bible Church is getting smaller. In fact, it is facing physical and spiritual crises. Shepherd Barbour's Call tells the story of the fight to save the Appalachian Bible Church. Efforts to stem the flow of members from the congregation seemed fruitless, and maintaining the physical structure has become almost as difficult. But a simple man, a carpenter, begins to change the face and opinion of Appalachian Bible. He had been chosen. Ather builder of sorts, Shepherd Barbour, has been waiting for God to call him to serve where he could do the most good. But is it too late for Appalachian Bible? Is it ever too late to renew one's life when God is there? Shepherd Barbour's Call shows the inspirational work God accomplishes through his carpenters.
John M. Holden was born and raised in Virginia. He has worked in the construction field as a carpenter and contractor. He is involved with the Promise Keepers. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two sons and three grandchildren. They live in Virginia.