Charles McRaven has been called an 'active historian'. He is a skilled log cabin builder, stonemason, timber framer, blacksmith, and consultant on historic structures as well as pastor of a small, rural church. Rev. McRaven writes about people who work with their hands, those who are close to the land. He is also a former journalism college professor and newspaper editor. He and his wife Linda, a former National Geographic picture editor, live in the woods in central Virginia.