HIGH PLACES: A NOVEL
HIGH PLACES: A NOVEL
After Tenwa burns his tribe's religious shrine, he realizes that following the missionary may cost him his life. His father and the tribal leaders want him dead. He flees his village, hoping to cross the Nile River to safety.
William Bell and his wife, Jessica, could be Tenwas’s only hope for survival. As the Germans and British battle for land in East Africa, William and Jessica struggle to evangelize the "heathen" and survive wars of their own in early twentieth-century Uganda. Two cultures collide and embrace in this coming-of-age struggle for life’s “high places."
“You’ll feel both the sweltering African sun and the touch of a gracious God in this delicate, shimmering epic.” — David Hutchens, author of Circle of the Nine Muses and Pageland.
“This is highly evocative storytelling: the smell of cooking fires, the elemental simplicity of the cycle of life in a Ugandan village, the strangeness of the whites and the Soga to each other. Greg Taylor has shown us how people separated by cultural and social gaps as wide as the gorges of the Nile can, and have, stumbled toward some kind of understanding.” — Thom Lemmons, author of Jabez: A Novel; Sunday Clothes; and other novels
“High Places moves with a quiet honesty that rumbles like the distant drumming of the small Ugandan village Taylor so lovingly details. As the modest candor of the story gathers strength, this unfamiliar world of the Soga tribe begins to reveal something beyond cultural difference: the deep human struggle for dignity and understanding among families — and civilizations.” — Jeff Berryman, author of Leaving Ruin: A Novel
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ (www.thejourneychurch.faith). Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including Lay Down Your Guns: One Doctor’s Battle for Hope and Healing in Honduras. Greg recently co-authored a book with Randy Harris titled, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John. (www.gregtaylor.org)