New Book Shares the Story of Boyhood Adventures and Friendship
Encourages readers to have compassion and love for your neighbor
MAITLAND, FL— Jan Christian Hipple & Orion Carina Fox’s new book The Ridge Boys ($14.99, paperback, 9781629529233; $7.99, eBook, 9781629529240) reintroduces to our jaded world that childhood is a time for imagination and unlimited dreams. This still was the way people lived, in our country, even during the political unrest of the 1960s and '70s. The Ridge Boys were four country boys who held true to their Christian beliefs, and sought knowledge about the world from their neighbors, in the rolling hills of West Virginia. A not-so- silent Nature plays a major role in shaping this narrative's theme of compassion and the ability to overcome the tribulations of life.
Hipple says, “In an attempt to share stories of my childhood, I could not escape speaking about those horrific changes that have occurred. I was compelled to point out the continuing efforts of unprincipled men and women who try to dismantle our republic. We as Americans have forgotten the importance of living within nature and by God's will. Teaching children what love and virtue means, as our fathers taught us. We attempt to busy our children to keep them out of harm's way, instead of demonstrating for them how to appreciate the important aspects of life, like honesty and courage.”
The Ridge Boys uses the story of boyhood adventures and friendship, in rural America to impart a sense of history as seen through the eyes of these young men. A main theme in all of their stories, really memories, is the importance of having compassion and love for your neighbor -- no matter their standing in society, the color of their skin, their religion, or their political ideals. These things rarely matter in the eyes of children. The authors lived an American life that is now extinct. That life was filled with church sermons, home-cooked meals, chores done as a duty and not for an allowance, lessons from parents, and struggles that taught children to handle adversity and their own failures, through hard work. They are not experts, but merely eyewitnesses, as members of society, for these last six decades within the United States.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Ridge Boys through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.