PARIS - "The Way I See It: From a Front Porch Philosopher" is a collection of faith-inspired poetry, vignettes, cartoons and one-liners by local author and musician Bob Wolfe.
He will speak about his book and sing during a Coffee With the Author event at noon Feb. 26 at the Paris Presbyterian Church's Gathering Place Coffee Shop located at 127 Steubenville Pike. Lunch will be provided.
"I lost my father at 8-years-old, and my mother kept me in church," Wolfe said. "It was the best thing she ever did for me. While going there, I picked up about 30 dads - every man in the church community. I was very blessed. They were hard-working family men who probably couldn't spell principle, but they sure did know how to stand by them."
Paris Presbyterian Church Outreach Director Margie Zellars, left, and local author and musician Bob Wolfe, right, will speak during the church's Coffee With the Author event Feb. 26. Wolfe's book, 'The Way I See It: From a Front Porch Philosopher,' will be featured. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
In addition to being the recipient of much of the male congregation's collective wisdom, Wolfe first began his musical career singing in the church choir at age 6.
"Some of it was just getting my voice - I had three older sisters and, as the youngest and a boy, I never got to say anything," he said.
He noted his father frequently sang in the choir.
"He had a big, powerful bass," he said. "He would go around with the local ministers and sing with them, sometimes out of necessity, because people didn't know the song or have the gumption to sing it. I never had that problem - I have a big mouth."
Wolfe spent six years traveling across the country with a family-based group of Christian musicians and now frequently performs with a local Christian group, The Chrisagis Brothers. He also writes songs and has written two for his children - "Lydia's Song" and "Dean's Song."
The song written for his daughter was inspired by the stages of life and advising her to be patient and trust in God's vision for her life. The song for his son talks about hoping his son has a deep, meaningful relationship with God's son.
Describing "Way I See It" as a cross section of scripture and folk wisdom, Wolfe said the stories and poems are based on his life.
"I lived everything in there," he said. "I probably lived more in 20 years than some people do in 60. The best lessons come from experience. Reading, some people might have reason to think that I've gone off the deep end. I'm all over the place."
He described it as an accessible book for non-readers, something that can be picked up for a few minutes at a time.
"The greatest wisdom my mother gave me was, if you wanted something done, go and see how others did it. If you don't learn how, you'll have to pay someone else to do it."
Wolfe has complied material for two more books, and is three-quarters of the way through writing a play from the point of view of three unborn children.
"I need to finish them off," he said.
The play is partially inspired by his tenure as a nursing student in a maternity ward and witnessing children born with fetal alcohol syndrome.
As a musician, he also recorded an album of Christian music, which will be available for purchase, along with his book.
(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)