Winkies, Toilets and Holy Places

One Family's Story of Life on a Sabbatical--Europe, Istanbul, Bethlehem

by Timothy Merrill



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/27/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781440114311
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781440114328

About the Book

What others are saying about Winkies, Toilets and Holy Places :

A classic travel tale, with adventure, misadventure, and curlie-q unexpected turns in the road. But more than that, it’s a voyage in which a family discovers what matters most to them — across America, and Europe, without a dime to spare — this is not the travel of pretty picture books: from marital squabbles to homesick children, from a haunting island monastery to the pure pleasure of simple farmhouse fare. They travel moment to moment — some, staggeringly beautiful — gently swinging in cable car above the Swiss Alps — and others, staggeringly real, as when the cable car ride makes one of the boys sick to his stomach, with nowhere to go. All of this, Merrill recounts with the gentle humor of an experienced pastor, the wavering resolve of a stepfather, and the openhearted joy of a man rekindling his wanderlust. Read this tale if you’re seeking a window to the Europe not of guidebooks and picture books, but of human hearts finding that home is everywhere.

—Paul Shepherd, former Writer-in-Residence and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University, whose debut novel, More Like Not Running Away was the winner of the 2004 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

About the Author

TIMOTHY MERRILL is the Executive Editor of Homiletics (, a preaching resource for clergy; he is also the Founder and Editor of HomeTouch ( and is the Editor of ParentTalk, a publication of the Shanghai American School. He is the author of books published by Abingdon Press, Chalice Press and CSS Publishing. For many years in parish ministry, for the past 12 years, Timothy has been writing and publishing for a religious audience. He and his wife, Jeanie, make their home in Shanghai, China.

The son of a preacher, Timothy became a preacher himself, studying at Iliff School of Theology (Master of Arts in Religion--Historical Theology) and Princeton Theological Seminary where he was a Ph.D. candidate in Church History. His dissertation, not completed, was a study of the role of apocalyptic preaching in the propagandizing of the Crusades. He has written a lengthy, and unpublished novel, based on his research of the First Crusade.

Timothy and Jeanie love their life in China, but make frequent trips back to the U.S. to visit family and friends. They enjoy spending time at their cottage in Seal Rock on the beautiful coast of Oregon.