Mountain Preacher Stories

Laughter Among the Trumpets

By Ben C. Fisher

Mountain Preacher Stories

88 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3662-7
    Published: January 1990

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Distributed for Appalachian State University

Over a period of forty years, Ben Fisher collected stories illustrating the humor of the Southern Highlander. English, Scotch, Welsh, and Irish immigrants to the Appalachian region of North Carolina brought with them a rugged individualism and a sense of humor and dignity which have been characteristic of the sturdy yeoman farmer. Most mountain preachers and many of the old time mountaineers had a real talent for telling stories. While the “tall tale” is a staple of mountain storytelling, more often the tales relate to something that happened, not something just dreamed up. Mountain humor, like all folk humor, typically arises out of a life situation. Fisher’s work, edited by his wife Sally following his passing, relates many of the stories and tales that he had heard over the course of his life.

About the Authors

Ben C. Fisher, born May 27, 1915, received his B.A. from Wake Forest College and his Master of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School. He is the author of many scholarly articles and books championing the benefits of a Christian education and Christian Universities. He was a pastor and an educator. He taught at Wake Forest College, Gardner Webb College, and finally, Chowan College. He was an influential member of the Southern Baptist Convention for over forty years. He passed away on November 3, 1985.
For more information about Ben C. Fisher, visit the Author Page.

Sally Fisher was the wife of Ben C. Fisher. She kept minutes on all of the speeches he gave, took notes on conversations that they had regarding Christian education and all things that Ben held dear. Following Ben's passing, Sally put those notes together, the stories told into this book.
For more information about Sally Fisher, visit the Author Page.