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James C. Schaap

James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.


Of Gods and Men

  "The 150 evangelical leaders who met behind closed doors on January 14 to anoint a Republican candidate for President…
January 27, 2012


Case closed.  I'm an Iowan, once upon a time a Republican, and I am at this moment endorsing a candidate.…
December 31, 2011


Ten years ago maybe, my in-laws, then in their eighties, told us that they had simply mentioned to the pastor, as…
November 4, 2011