I’m Not from Here
Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School, has written his second novel, which tells the story of spiritual discovery set in a Southern town.
The book, I’m Not from Here: A Parable, was published in November by Cascade Books. Written in Southern idiom, it is a parable of the Don Quixote-like adventures of the protagonist named Felix Goforth Luckie, who while attempting to be a salesman in the small town of Galilee, Ga., discovers himself, the world, and a God who shows up in the oddest places, in the strangest times, and among the unlikeliest people.
Willimon is the author of more than 60 books with more than a million copies of his books having been sold. He also is a retired United Methodist bishop and the former dean of Duke Chapel.
His first novel, Incorporation, was published in 2012 also by Cascade Books to wide acclaim. The inner life of a fictional church in the Midwest was the subject of that book.
“I was pleased by the response to my first venture into fiction, my novel Incorporation,” Willimon said. “Unlike that book, this is not really a ‘church novel’ but rather a sort of parable that is based upon my life-long interest in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. On his journey into a small Southern town, an idealistic young man discovers a perplexing world while the God he was looking for finds him.”