Witty, warm and wacky—a spiritual journey of self-discovery “The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes offers us slices of classic Americana lovingly transformed by the spirit of Welsh storytelling. It is the spiritual odyssey of a woman finding her way back to faith. Her journey is touching, amusing, and at times hilarious.” —Rev. Timothy Vaverek, S.T.D., Christian Writer “Witty, wacky, zany—this is a postmodern romp which astonishes with moments of spiritual wisdom and provocative piety.” —David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University, Author, Houses of the Interpreter and People of the Book In The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes, author H.R. Jakes offers a fictionalized account of Elaine’s life, telling a variety of stories that involve a romantic ride in an old-fashioned car, a frightening cheese plate, a magic sword, and a cross-dressing monkey. Her story is not one, but many as she humorously reveals time and again how connected her own narrative is to that of her Welsh forebears. During the journey, Elaine, a school teacher in the vivacious and eccentric community of New Hope, Pennsylvania, gains not only an appreciation of the world but also of her heritage, herself, and God.