James Calvin Schaap (Emeritus)

James Calvin Schaap has been living and working and writing in the far reaches of northwest Iowa for close to 40 years.  In that time, he’s published short stories and novels (Romey’s Place, The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, and others), as well as essays and a variety of other forms of non-fiction, including meditations (Sixty at Sixty, Honest to God), biography (Things We Couldn’t Say), and even history (CRC Family Album:  the Unfinished Story of the Christian Reformed Church).  His latest book is Rehoboth:  A Place for Us, a collection of stories about families associated with a century-old mission on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.

He blogs at “Stuff in the Basement.”


Sign of a Promise and Other Stories (historical short fiction), Dordt College Press, 1979.
CRC Family Portrait (feature journalism), CRC Publications, 1983.
Intermission:  Breaking Away with God (meditations), CRC Publications, 1985.
Thirty five and Counting (essays and stories), Dordt College Press,  1986.
Home Free (novel), Crossway, 1986.
Someone’s Singing, Lord; No Kidding, Lord; Take It From a Wise Guy; 100% Chance of Frogs; The Forty Year Campout; Don’t Pray With Mud On Your Shoes; Killer Snakes and Talking Mules (all meditations for teens) CRC Publications, 1989-1995.
The Privacy of Storm (short fiction), Dordt College Press, 1990, rpt. 2010.
Things We Couldn’t Say (biography), Eerdmans, 1994.
Still Life (short fiction), Dordt College Press, 1994.
In the Silence There Are Ghosts (novel), Baker Books, 1995.
Die Hun Leven Niet Liefhadden Tot De Dood (Dutch edition of Things We Couldn’t Say), Uitgeverij Medema. 1995.
Wo Alle Worte Enden (German edition of Things We Couldn’t Say), R. Brockhaus, 1995.
The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary (novel).  Baker Books, 1997.
Near Unto God (meditations) Eerdmans & CRC Publications, 1997.
Our Family Album: The Unfinished Story of the Christian Reformed Church, CRC Publications, 1998.
Romy’s Place, a novel, Baker, 1999.
Vrienden met Vaders (Dutch edition) of Romey’s Place.  Translated by Ronald Westerbeek.  Zoetermeer, Netherlands, Uitgeverij Boekencentrum, 1999.
On the Trail of the Spirit, The Back to God Hour publication, 2000.
Every Bit of Who I Am (meditations).  CRC publications and Baker Book House, October, 2001.
Paternity: Short Stories.  Quiddity Press, 2001.
More Than Words.  Edited by James C. Schaap and Phillip Yancey.  Baker Books, 2002.
Fifty-Five and Counting.  Essays and stories.  Dordt College Press, 2003.Touches the Sky (novel).  Revell, 2003.
Startling Joy:  Stories for the Christmas Season.  Revell, 2005.
Speaking of Pastors:  Parishoners Tell Their Stories.  Committee for Sustaining Pastoral Excellence of the Christian Reformed Church, 2006.  Editor and Contributor.
In His Feathers:  The Letters and Journals of Sharon Bomgaars.  Dordt College, Press, 2006.  Editor.
Crossing Over:  Stories of Asian Refugee Christians.  Dordt College Press, 2006.
Sixty at Sixty:  A Boomer Looks at the Psalms.  Faith Alive Publications, 2008.
Honest to God:  Psalms for Scribblers, Scrawlers, and Sketchers.  Faith Alive Publications, 2010.
Rehoboth, A Place for Us:  An Album of Family Stories.  Faith Alive Publications, 2010.