Eldon Toews of Miles City, author and pastor of Living Way Fellowship Church, recently published his first book. “Great Value: Life Lessons from a Montana Cowboy.”
This book is unique in that it is a combination of western lore and Toews' ability to draw inspiring life lessons and allegories into the short stories.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Miles City Speakers Bureau will host two appearances for Toews to present from his book. He will be at the Miles City Public Library for a 2:30 p.m. Matinee presentation and again at the Custer County Art and Heritage Center at 7 p.m. Both events are open to the public, free of charge and books will be available for purchase and to be autographed. The publication would make a unique and heart warming Christmas gift. It retails for $11.95 paperback and $19.95 hard cover. Toews' books also may be purchased at Unique Creations or online at Amazon.com.
The stories in the book all are of Toews' daily experiences as a working cowboy on numerous, large Montana ranches during the 1970s and 1980s.
“The short stories vary in themes of breaking and training range horses to gathering and caring for cattle,” said Toews. “The events take place in all seasons and in different kinds of inclement weather situations.”
The book draws readers into a rare collection of real life and sometimes hard-to-believe events in a ranch hand's work. Each chapter ends with a lesson of encouragement for the readers toward moving forward in their lives and circumstances, whatever they might be.
Each story is approximately a page and a half in length or less and was originally written by Toews for the weekly pastor's column, which appears on Fridays in the Miles City Star.
Nearly all of the life lessons contain at least one sketch by the author that helps bring the stores even more to life.
The life lessons within the pages of this book also would apply and inspire readers of all ages and walks of life.
The book's cover is one of the author's sketches, painted by Charlotte Sloan, also of Miles City.
Toews was born in Glasgow in 1951 and was raised on his family's farm and ranch operation north of Frazer. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. He then worked on ranches in Bolivia, South America. He returned to Montana and worked on the Reno Creek Ranch and later Brooks Ranch near Crow Agency.
In 1976, Toews and his childhood sweetheart, Carol Funk, were married and moved to a ranch in Washington State. They spend several months in Israel, working on a cattle ranch on the Golan Heights. They returned to Montana in 1984 and continued ranching. They now live on a small ranch east of Miles City and he pastors at Living Way Fellowship Church.
Published Dec. 19, 2012