Perry Thomas Books

BOOKS have always been a big part of my life. How about yours?

That’s one of the reasons for this web site. I’ve written a lot of books, and I’d like to share some of them with you.

Many of my books were written not in English but in another language used in a country on the other side of the world. Most likely you’re not much interested in those books . . . even if you could read them.

All of my other books are in English. Yet you may still find it hard to read them because they aren’t readily available. That’s another reason for this web site.

You can read one of my books, Midweek Meditations on Family and Friends, by clicking on the “Blog” along the top or bottom of this page. It’s been running in weekly installments since January 2015 (and you can still access back issues).

My newest book, The Children of a King: Ridgecrest, Summer of 1950 should be easy to find, starting in June of 2016; click the “News” menu item along the top or bottom of this page.

My latest two books already published are Pilgrims on the Wilderness Road and From Slave to Governor: The Unlikely Story of Lott Cary – both published by Parson Place Press and both available either as print books or as e-books.

Why did 600 people travel 600 miles from colonial Virginia over high mountains into the still-dangerous territory of Kentucky? Who led the largest single group of new settlers ever to trek the perilous Wilderness Road?

Do you like an inspiring story? a true story? an exciting story from pioneer times in America? Then Pilgrims on the Wilderness Road is the book for you.

Lott Cary rose from slavery in Virginia to become the governor of Liberia. This uplifting paperback is based on long-overlooked historical sources, as well as on-the-spot research in West Africa.

Do you like a hero story? a real-life story? a story of quiet courage and dogged determination? Then From Slave to Governor is the book for you!

The problem is you may not be able to just walk into a book store and pick up a copy of one of these new books of mine. The book store people can get them for you, but they will likely have to order them for you. So, why not do yourself a favor by going online yourself and buying my books at a better price, either from or from You’ll get a great read at a bargain price. I’ll get the privilege of introducing you to some of the most interesting people I’ve ever known . . . or known about. (Of course, if you like to read electronically, the Kindle and Nook editions of both books are also available.)

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WHY is it hard to find my books, if I’ve written so many of them?

The crux of the matter is, most of my books in English are now out of print. Yet you can still find them if you know where to look. For instance, here are three more of my most recent books, besides Pilgrims on the Wilderness Road and From Slave to Governor:

Good News from Indonesia: Heartwarming Stories from the Land of the Tsunami – Parson Place Press published this one, first in 2008 as a hardback, then again in 2011 as a less expensive paperback.

Exploring Church History: 20 Centuries of Christ’s People - World Publishing (now a part of Thomas Nelson, and Thomas Nelson is now a part of Harper-Collins, which also owns Zondervan) released this one in 2005 as a book that “illuminates church history in a fascinating manner century by century.”

Ways We Worship - Barron’s Educational Series (in New York) published this one in 1997 as “a thoughtful introduction for children to the beliefs, practices, and history of the world’s major religions.”

If all three of these rather recent books are already out of print, then how do you find them?

Go to the website for Good News from Indonesia. Go to a website such as,, or for the other two. When I did that, I found that either Exploring Church History or Ways We Worship can be purchased for almost any amount from about a dollar up (plus shipping and handling). The copy you buy may be used, but on the other hand it may be almost like new; check it out.

Three pitfalls to watch for:
  1. My book isn’t the only one out there entitled Exploring Church History; make sure you get the book by Perry Thomas.
  2. There is another writer whose name is Thomas Perry; make sure you’re looking for the right author.
  3. “Perry Thomas” isn’t the only name under which my books have appeared. Many of them (especially those in another language) have been published with other names. When you buy Ways We Worship, for instance, you’ll note that a different author’s name is listed.
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As you can tell, going OUT OF PRINT can be a big problem for a writer of books. Sometimes, though, the problem gets solved in an unexpected way.

More than three decades ago I wrote a great book for teen-age readers (as well as for adults), and succeeded in getting it published. It’s a coming-of-age biography of a great American. In due time this book was about to go out of print, when another publisher picked it up and reissued it . . . and it’s still in print today!

The title of this long-running book? To Be the First: Adventures of Adoniram Judson, America’s First Foreign Missionary.

As you might expect, you can find this lively biography listed on web sites that offer second-hand books. But when you do, you’ll be buying the earlier printing of To Be the First (and perhaps a well-used copy of it at that). If you want to make sure of getting a brand-new book, visit the ACE School of Tomorrow web site.

You’ll find To Be the First listed alphabetically for a modest price (plus S & H).

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Give me time. I’m not a web master, just a beginner. To tell you the truth I don’t know much about an author’s web site as yet. With the help of friends, I’m making it up as I go along.

I do know, though, that there are more than a dozen other good books of mine already out there, and little by little I’ll cue you in on how to find them. If you’re curious, you can find some of them right now by clicking this quick link to a list of them on Barnes and Noble,, and

Later on you may be able to download more “Perry Thomas Books”, or buy them as e-books. Others may become available in the general book market, as I’m still actively writing and looking for publishers.

You must be interested in books, or you wouldn’t have found my web site. Thank you for your visit! If you want to contact me, send an e-mail to


Perry Thomas

Cover of Pilgrims on the Wilderness Road

Learn how three brothers led the way through the American wilderness to a new life

Cover of From Slave to Governor

Learn about the first African American governor of Liberia!

Cover of To Be the First

Learn about America's first foreign missionary!