John Tilden's glory days are far behind him, and now it seems like all he has is the monotony of every day living. He certainly thought there'd be more to it than his ramshackle Oklahoma farm and a mundane job...
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John Tilden's glory days are far behind him, and now it seems like all he has is the monotony of every day living. He certainly thought there'd be more to it than his ramshackle Oklahoma farm and a mundane job coaching basketball at his old high school. He questions his fatherhood skills too: his oldest son won't speak to him, his younger son wants to quit the basketball team, and now his daughter wants to go out on dates. He loves his wife, but the marriage has settled into complacency.
Now his twentieth high school reunion looms and he has agreed to play in an exhibition game at the reunion, which is sure to be a wretched joke. And his ex-girlfriend's back in town, newly single.
Twenty years is plenty long enough for a man to mope after what might have been. It's time for John to make himself understand that.
Greg Garrett (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Free Bird, and Cycling, the memoir Crossing Myself,and non-fiction books including Holy Superheroes!; The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), and The Gospel According to Hollywood.
He is professor of English at Baylor University and writer in residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. He directs Art & Soul, a nationally recognized festival of religion and the arts, at Baylor University. He has provided the translation for Mark and Hebrews in The Voice, a post-modern translation of Scripture.
Most recently he has authored We Get to Carry Each Other:The Gospel according to U2; Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief; No Idea: entrusting your journey to a God who knows and Shame.