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How Willard Milslagle Books Was Born

For years, Burleigh Willard had toyed with the idea of collecting into a devotional book some of the rich knowledge of the Word of God which he had shared with his Bible school students. His first thought was to write one or two meditations on each book of the Bible. 
Later, he began to collect his material around such headings as "Mountaintop Experiences in the Life of Our Lord" and "A God for All Ages." He developed a complete outline for the book and wrote a few of the meditations. But other commitments and challenges prevented him from progressing any further. At age 84, Burleigh wondered whether his project would ever be completed.
It was then that he discovered that his daughter, Celia Willard Milslagle, was interested in writing. She accepted his invitation to join him in writing the devotional book, and, in 2005, Willard Milslagle Books was born. Their joint effort, Streams of Living Water, was released in May 2007. Since then, Burleigh, who turned 90 in 2010, has revised or written four more manuscripts, with Celia editing and handling all the business arrangements. All of these are now in print and featured on this website. Watch this site for future books, articles, and stories by Burleigh or Celia.


About the Authors

F. Burleigh Willard Sr. was a retired Free Methodist missionary Bible teacher who spent his ministry in Latin America. He served as director and teacher in Bible schools in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Latin districts in the United States. He held a Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree and a master’s degree in Spanish literature.

His early writing credits include several Spanish textbooks and a novel titled Idol of Clay. More recently, in his late 80's, this twice-widowed father of four wrote a daily devotional book, Streams of Living Water, co-authored with his daughter Celia Willard Milslagle; a family history titled The Legacy of Frances; a novel of the life of Joseph, earthly father of Jesus, called Friend of Angels, an inspirational study of the book of Revelation, Overcoming with Christ; and his latest release, Jason of Tarsus, a novel featuring the Apostle Paul.

On March 16, 2011, after residing in Lincoln, Illinois, with his daughter, Celia, for five years, 91-year-old Burleigh Willard departed this life, leaving a rich legacy, not just in books, but in lives changed for eternity. Several tributes and memories may be accessed by following this link. 

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Having grown up in Latin America, Celia Willard Milslagle has spent most of her adult life in Sherman, Petersburg, and Lincoln, Illinois. For 29 years, she taught 5th grade, then junior high math, health and life skills in the Williamsville/Sherman schools. She has taken several classes at Midwest Bible School in Lincoln, Illinois.
Streams of Living Water, which she co-authored with her father F. Burleigh Willard, is her first book credit. She is currently exploring new avenues for writing through the Christian Writer's Guild course. Her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren reside in Lexington, Kentucky.  
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