Inspire the Reader to Explore

T.P. Graf
T.P. Graf Author Interview

August Kibler’s Stories for Tyler is a companion to the novel As the Daisies Bloom. What motivated you to provide this novel to readers in addition to As the Daisies Bloom?

While I had written these Bible Stories a few years ago, as “August” laid out his experience with Christianity and specific churches, it seemed like a good way to introduce these stories which were not yet published. His passing these along to Tyler and his family seemed like the kind of thing August would want to do as they presented a deeper layer into his beliefs without trying to laboriously work them into the storyline. Of course, they standalone as a fictional work regardless whether someone has read, As the Daisies Bloom, though I am hopeful reading one will inspire the reader to explore the other.

This book explores different theological ideas. What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

Certainly, foremost in my mind was to show the long prophetic tradition which stood (stands) in contrast to the power structures. Too often the Bible stories are told in such a way as to whitewash the more controversial texts—while claiming some adherence of interpretation to “inerrancy.” Most of the Old Testament stories hit on one point or another in this regard. Many of the New Testament stories focus more on understanding Jesus’s teachings as coherent to a more non-gender-binary, peaceable ethos often emphasizing his encounters with women and how they did or might have responded.

What is one thing you feel most people overlook in the Bible stories?

Bits and pieces of the texts are told in such a way that they become romanticized, sentimental versions which may make for easy telling to children, but generally lead to adults who really have never learned to read the Bible in a deeper way. They become dependent on a few verses to uphold (and blindly defend) their beliefs or end up “leaving church” when the difficult passages challenge too much their rational mind. These ancient voices have much to say to us as relevant today as in the millennia past. It is my hope that August Kilber’s Stories for Tyler contributes in some small way to giving these voices life in our time.

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Was it a chance meeting in the Daisy Cafe that brought Tyler Jemison and his boys into August Kibler’s life, or was it the mysterious workings of Tyler’s grandmother, Momma Daisy? In this companion book to the novel As the Daisies Bloom, August shares with Tyler a life’s thoughts on what he would call his tiny systematic theology.What might Eve say after millennia of being the first scapegoat? What might the first and last wives of the great king say to us if we read between the lines? How can we walk a bit with Joseph as he rides with Mary into Bethlehem? And what does Philip have to say to the black Eunuch, and to us about church membership?Journey with the author as he imagines what we might have overlooked in the Bible stories that we teach our children. He shows how reimagining these people in voices for our time can bring to life each of these important guides, who could never have imagined how they would shape 2,000 years of Christianity, and how they can still transform us.

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