Imagine a big country store set in a small community on a highway far away from big city life. Now throw in a restaurant and bar, complete with waitresses who will bless your heart. The regulars have a life and culture all their own, but when newcomers or visitors stop in, well, that's when things get downright fascinating.
That's Bubba-Doo's—a place where life, faith, and culture not only get discussed but become real. Make a visit through these short stories that are at least a little fictional. Order a soft drink and a burger and slow yourself down. All of that other will keep, and you'll find that a visit to Bubba-Doo's just might be time well spent.
Having grown up in a small rural town in the south, Bubba-Doo’s feels surprisingly familiar to me. But these nuanced stories are about more than just nostalgia; they offer a thoughtful and relevant word for our conflicted times through the wise, grace-filled, pastoral voice of the narrator. So pull up a stool, drop some peanuts into your soda bottle, and let’s figure out how to live in community at Bubba-Doo’s.
First Baptist Church
Whether confronting loss or touchy political subjects, Time Well Spent at Bubba-Doo’s is a collection of stories so relatable you’ll feel like you’re having a burger at the counter & being greeted with a friendly “Hey y’all!” by one of the regulars. While not every town has local hangout just like Bubba-Doo’s, we’re all surrounded by characters in life who are “story worthy.” Charles’s storytelling keeps you guessing—“is this character real? Did this happen?!” You’ll find a lesson or paradigm challenge here and there, you’ll laugh, and you may even wonder what character you are in your story.
Editor & Host, CruiseTipsTV.com
Who should read Time Well Spent at Bubba-Doo’s? Every layperson who ever wondered what goes through pastors’ minds when they respond to folks suffering all the “stuff” of life. Every young minister who wants a headstart on figuring out how to respond to situations as yet unimagined. And every old minister who wonders if a lifetime in the pastorate made a bit of difference. Everybody who cares about people should visit Bubba-Doo’s.
Retired journalist and founder of Fellowship Southwest
Charles Qualls’s Time Well Spent at Bubba-Doo’s is a lovely collection of colorful characters traversing life events with a sprinkling of hope and beautiful example of walking in faith. I was sorry to get to the last story and feel like adding some of these good folks to my Christmas card list.
ECPA Bestselling Author of The Shell Collector
I love Bubba-Doo’s! I’ve spent time there! And Charles transports me back there with every new story! Your heart will be warmed and your spirit renewed by the Bubba-Doo’s crew! Pure joy!
President of the Center for Christian Education
Catalytic coach and author/speaker
Our BNG readers have faithfully followed the crew at Bubba-Doo’s and feel like they’re family. This place is as real to us as the timeless life lessons taught there.
Executive editor of Baptist News Global