I have been privileged to be able to have Stephen Bly here at A Pen for Your Thoughts more than a couple of times in the last few years. I take that as a special blessing, especially now.
Please join me as I now take a few minutes to briefly share a short memory of his life with you, A little of what he's provided to us in the past. It is one way I feel I can offer a special memorial honor to a wonderful writer and friend, who recently went home to meet the Lord.
Stephen Bly authored and co-authored over 102 fiction and nonfiction books, including historical and contemporary westerns.
Stephen, a summa cum laude graduate of philosopy from Fresno State University, CA, received his M. Div degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He was a Christy Award winner, Westerns, 2002, for The Long Trail Home and a Christy Award finalist for 3 other westerns. He served as mayor of Winchester, Idaho, pop. 308 (1999-2007) and pastored Winchester Community Church.
During Mr. Bly's public life, he served as a speaker for men’s retreats, family conferences and writers’ groups all over USA and Canada.
When I interviewed Stephen and his wife here at the blog before, I learned he was a collector of antique Winchesters and was roving editor for Big Show Journal, a magazine for gun collectors.
Stephen and Janet Chester Bly, his wife of over 47 years, and his former high school sweetheart, became mentors to beginning writers for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and co-authored 18 books together.
In this recent news of his passing, we at A Pen for Your Thoughts want to extend our thoughts and prayers to his family. Stephen Bly will be greatly missed by us all.