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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.


A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk Award of Merit, State Historical Society, 1973 Samuel Writer of the Year, Lincoln Library in Springfield, 1997

Selected Titles At Your Library

A nickel's worth of skim milk :
ISBN: 0809313057. OCLC Number: 44961427

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

A penny's worth of minced ham :
ISBN: 0809313030. OCLC Number: 44962008

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

Glorious is Thy name! :
ISBN: 0805472304. OCLC Number: 12808793

Broadman Press,. .

O happy day and other Tinyburg tales /
ISBN: 0805457410. OCLC Number: 25748031

Broadman Press,. .

Samuel :
ISBN: 1563524376. OCLC Number: 37692090

Longstreet Press,. .

The answer book :
ISBN: 0960070605. OCLC Number: 23594153

The Author ;. .

Tinyburg revisited /
ISBN: 0805457356. OCLC Number: 17731383

Broadman Press,. .

Tinyburg tales /
ISBN: 0805452184. OCLC Number: 10197418

Broadman Press,. .