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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert J. Hastings  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1924

Died: 1997 Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hastings is a native of Marion. He also lived in Carbondale and Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Hastings was an ordained Baptist Minister who wrote books about his boyhood during the Great Depression. He was the editor of the Illinois Baptist news journal from 1967 until his retirement in 1984.

A former president of the Southern Baptist Press Association, he authored more than 15 books, including "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk" about his boyhood in southern Illinois during the Depression, which received an Illinois State Historical Society award of merit in 1973; a 160-page manual, "How I Write;" "Tinyburg Tales" and "Tinyburg Revisited;" and "Samuel: The Amish Boy Who Lived," about an Amish couple's eight-week beside vigil at their critically injured son's bedside.

In ministry, he was the first pastor of University Baptist Church in Carbondale, Illinois, serving there from 1950-55 and from 1965 until being named editor of the Illinois Baptist.

Before assuming his Illinois editor's role, Hastings was secretary of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's department of stewardship promotion, 1960-65, and assistant director of church finance at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Nashville, Tenn., 1955-60.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, who later earned a doctor of theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Published Works

  • Tinyburg Tales, Broadman, 1983
  • Tinyburg Revisited, Broadman, 1988
  • Glorious is Thy Name!: B.B. McKinney, The Man and His Music , Broadman, 1986
  • A Penny`s Worth of Minced Ham, Another Look at the Great Depression, Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
  • Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk: A Boy's View of the Great Depression, Southern Illinois University, 1986
  • The Answer Book for Writers and Storytellers, Privately printed, 1991
  • O Happy Day and Other Tinyburg Tales, Broadman, 1992
  • Samuel: The Inspiring Story of How an Amish Boy's Tragedy Brought Two Worlds Together, Longstreet Press, 1997

Selected Titles At Your Library

Tinyburg tales /
ISBN: 0805452184. OCLC Number:

Broadman Press,. Nashville, Tenn. :. ©1983.

Tinyburg revisited /
ISBN: 0805457356. OCLC Number:

Broadman Press,. Nashville, Tenn. :. ©1988.

Glorious is Thy name! :
ISBN: 0805472304. OCLC Number:

Broadman Press,. Nashville, Tenn. :. ©1986.

A penny's worth of minced ham :
ISBN: 0809313049. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale, Ill. :. ©1986.

A nickel's worth of skim milk :
ISBN: 0809313057. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale, Ill. :. ©1986.

The answer book :
ISBN: 0960070605. OCLC Number:

The Author ;. Springfield, Ill. :. ©1991.

O happy day and other Tinyburg tales /
ISBN: 0805457410. OCLC Number:

Broadman Press,. Nashville, Tenn. :. ©1992.

Samuel :
ISBN: 1563524376. OCLC Number:

Longstreet Press,. Marietta, Ga. :. ©1996.


A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk

  • Award of Merit, State Historical Society, 1973
  • Samuel

  • Writer of the Year, Lincoln Library in Springfield, 1997