T.S. 44: The Button Tree Prophet

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1944 in cola town, downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ten-year-old Travis Shipley and his Momma have lost everything. Thrust into a hardscrabble life, they are determined to survive and overcome as they begin again in a drafty rundown mill house on Rosewood Drive. While his mother pours herself into double shifts at the local duck mill, Travis is forced to become the man of the house – much sooner than either of them wanted or expected…

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Written by William Spires | Paper, 196 pages, ISBN 978-1-886987-01-2

1944 in cola town, downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Ten-year-old Travis Shipley and his Momma have lost everything. Thrust into a hardscrabble life, they are determined to survive and overcome as they begin again in a drafty rundown mill house on Rosewood Drive. While his mother pours herself into double shifts at the local duck mill, Travis is forced to become the man of the house – much sooner than either of them wanted or expected. His father’s parting lesson lies dormant in the seminal Bakelite blue button, containing a final cryptic message and a chance to unravel the mystery of what it means to become a man. Reluctantly, Travis begins the journey that can lead him to unimaginable heights, but will he sabotage his life and the lesson before he can discover its enduring message?

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Weight .806 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .5 in

3 reviews for T.S. 44: The Button Tree Prophet

  1. Ed Boring

    Such a great little book. It drew me in quickly, and I could not read it fast enough. The story and the characters are endearing. Absolutely made me want to save buttons and climb trees. Most wonderful of all, it is full to the brim with beautiful and enduring insights about life, suffering, relationships, and faith. Leaves me wanting more. You do not want to miss the transformational messages you will find in the pages of this volume.

  2. Amanda Miller

    I would encourage anyone to read Will Spires’ book, “The Button Tree Prophet”! His abundant use of a great variety of adjectives brings the story to life in every sentence right before your eyes! If you also especially enjoy a character-driven story, this one will satisfy! The friend I loaned this book to is already raving about it, & is planning to share it with her book club members! Our 10-year old grandson is next on the list to pass it to……we thought of Aaron immediately while reading Travis’ story! Toda raba, Will Spires, for sharing this wonderful, mature and special young man with us!

  3. Darrell Pritchard

    When I received my copy of T.S. 44, The Button Tree Prophet, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. As a lifelong resident of the Columbia, SC area I knew that this book was a work of historically inspired fiction but little else. All I can say is, what a ride!

    The story of Travis Shipley is definitely a coming of age story set in the World War Two era of South Carolina, and yet it is also much more. The author, William Spires has truly captured the sights and sounds of this time period and puts the reader smack dab in the middle of an era that many have only heard about.

    The mystery of the Button contained in this book starts out simply enough. A small blue button is passed on from a dying father to his son with a challenge to figure out its meaning. The button is accidentally lost and the quest to recover it becomes a story of faith, sprouting from a small seed and blossoming into a full blown spiritual (and physical) journey.

    As the mystery of the button unfolds we are reminded of the desperation of Mill Village life in wartime South Carolina and the sacrifices that were made for the sake of family and Country in that era. The story plays out through several memorable characters that help Travis along his way and shows how every person, large and small can play a role in the lives of those who make a choice to listen and learn. We are also reminded of how God can take every choice and action in our life and use it for his greater purpose.

    The story has a great sense of pacing and gradually escalates to an action packed resolution that is both satisfying and inspiring. I hope that you will dig into the mystery of the button and take the time to learn the lesson that it inspires. In closing I want to include one of my favorite quotes from the book. I hope you will all be touched by its wisdom as much as I was.

    “Sometimes we drag our past into our present where, if left untended, it can wreck our future. It poisons us, cuts us off from the sunlight of the Spirit; it debilitates, embitters and deceives by giving us permission to play the victim, to stay angry or even to be angry at God. Sometimes the past can be a millstone, but in light of Truth, every millstone, even a millstone, can become a touchpoint if we allow it, marking a time we choose to allow our pain and poor choices to redirect our attention back to what matters”.

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