I am 70 years of age and have lived in Savannah, Georgia since 1970. Since about 1830--over 180 years--my family lines resided in Mississippi. Widowed in 1953 at 39 years of age, my mother returned to college in Mississippi and took a masters degree in speech and hearing therapy. She then moved with her two teenage sons to Gainesville, Georgia, to fill a newly-created position of speech therapist in the public schools. She married a physician, a widower, in 1959, the father of two teenage children.
I hold degrees from Emory University, Atlanta (BA 1962, DDS 1966, MSD dentistry 1968). I have presided over local, state, and regional dental societies, and have been in the private practice of pediatric dentistry for 41 years. I published a masters thesis in 1968; co-authored and published with my brother THE ALSTON JONES McCASLIN FAMILY in 1988 ; published scientific articles in state and national journals in 2000 and 2001; co-authored and published with my brother a work, THE ANCESTRY OF C. S. LEWIS (www.silasdobbsmccaslin.com) in 2006; and published through my church, Independent Pesbyterian Church, a short monograph entitled "Some Thoughts on the Virtue of Work" in 2011.
Since 1985, my avocation has been genealogy and I have compiled more than 4,300 pages of family ancestry, for my own family lines as well as those of friends. My writing principally has been limited to genealogy and to my personal journal.
In early 2011, I compiled LETTERS TO AND FROM A CHRISTIAN MOTHER AND MORE. The letters were among over 100, comprising more than 265 pages, from my mother to me from late 1958 through mid-1980. This book is autobiographical, beginning with background information on my ancestors and extending down to the present.
I have held the office of both deacon (ordained 1974) and elder (ordained 1976) at Independent Presbyterian Church (Clerk of Session for 12 years). The Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church, Dr. Terry L. Johnson, has published at least nine books in the last 20 years and contributed to several others. He presently has two other books under review. Dr. Johnson’s published works can be viewed on our church website: www.ipcsav.org.
Dr. Terry Johnson insisted that the letters to and from my mother deserved a much wider readership and he recommended that I produce this book and have it published. He offerd to write the Foreword.
I have been a committed Christian since 1980. My wife and I are the parents of two daughters. I strive daily to serve the Lord with my gifts of administration, giving, and exhortation. LETTERS TO AND FROM A CHRISTIAN MOTHER AND MORE is another way for me to contribute to the Lord's work, by sharing with other believing Christians the guidance afforded to me by my mother.