Local resident publishes books that stress Christian morals
Bill Burdick, a resident of Gilchrist County, has published novels stressing morals and Christian values. He wrote them for young people, specifically for his grandchildren. Burdick is temporarily working for a family company in South Carolina.
A retired professional engineer, Burdick has a number of children and grandchildren. For the past six or seven years, he has been writing each grandchild (who was old enough to read) a letter weekly.
“During these times of uncertainty, I want to do my best to help my grandchildren and all children, for that matter, realize that good decisions and morals are critical,” Burdick says.
He tries to concentrate his letters on subjects which will interest his grandchildren. Sometimes it is his Army days, cars, buildings, gardening, animals and other areas. Each letter he writes is personal and aimed at the particular grandchild’s age. So far, he has written a couple thousand letters.
Since not much can be taught in a one-page letter, Burdick has been searching for another avenue. This summer, he started writing books aimed at young people. These novels are very loosely based on the author’s early years in the Ozark Foothills in the 1950s. Burdick grew up without indoor plumbing and spent his first three years of school in a one-room school in southeastern Missouri.
The characters and events in his books are fictional.
The White family “lives” on the farm where Burdick spent five of his boyhood years.
The books are a vehicle for Burdick to address moral (do the right thing) and spiritual (defining the right thing) issues. The books are illustrated by one of his daughters.
Mr. White, the father, is a patriotic, Godly man who works at a lab he set up in a small town so he could raise his family of five (soon to be six) children in a wholesome environment. He is very serious about his faith and not afraid to take a stand. His two young boys, Matt, age 9 and James, age 7, are fun loving and often in exciting situations on their farm.
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