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Is There any Word from the Lord?

On a street in New Haven, Doug Nelson witnessed something he never forgot. “Sitting in my parked car on a miserable, rainy, windy day, I watched a very small, very frail old black man walking by.  He had on his head a magnificent new hat, immaculately pearl gray, slanted at a rakish angle.  But the...
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Gilead

The 76-year-old minister John Ames writes a letter to his 7-year-old son Robby (to be saved and read by Robby when he grows up).  Ames had spent many years as a single pastor, in between marriages.  During this time, women from church would walk freely into the parsonage and leave him a casserole, or baked...
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Gilead

John Ames, a 76-year-old minister, dying from heart failure, writes to his son about how he has experienced life.  He tells of approaching a couple of men who work in the local auto garage.  They’re having a smoke.  And they’re laughing.  “When they saw me coming, of course the joking stopped, but I could see...
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The Mill on the Floss

Mr. Tuliver contemplates sending his son to a good tutor where he can learn business and engineering and thus contend with the products of the devil: rats, weevils, and lawyers. His friend, Mr. Riley, suggests an Oxford trained parson. This renders Mr. Tulliver meditative. ‘There’s one thing I’m thinking on,’ said Mr. T . ....
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