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Book details
  • SubGenre:Religious
  • Language:English
  • Pages:160
  • eBook ISBN:9781543999907
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543999891

The Forest Through The Trees

by Jeff Craw

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Straight from the hip. Fastballs, right down the middle. No time for BS. Just being as honest and straightforward as I can be. My Mom always admonished me to "Do Everything With Love". And although "love" seems to often present itself as "a warm summer breeze", it can often present itself as a full-throated "thunderstorm". Hopefully, you will find both editions within these pages, but know that all these words are born out of my struggle to love, - to love God, to love country, to love church, and to love people – to love ALL God's people. Its not easy!
So I was thinking, - as I turned 70 and all (Wow! 70?), if I was to die tomorrow, what would I be leaving behind? Let's see, there's my Camaro SS, my Harley Dyna Wide, a few bills, my Garden Tractor, my tools, etc. So maybe, I thought, I should leave behind something a little more substantial, - something that might give an inkling to the nature of all those years that I poured myself into my Parishes (and into my Truck Driving), - all the joys, sacrifices, frustrations, triumphs, failures, laughs, heartaches, tears, commitment, betrayals and love (did I miss anything?). And well, here it is. A written collection of those experiences, thoughts and observations, in print, and available on the internet no less! I guess that takes care of eternity. Now, I sure didn't write all this to bore anyone, so I hope that you will find, tucked within these pages, a few bits and a few episodes that may serve to get a rise out of you, and possibly illuminate some of the gray areas you might have as to what it means to be a human being, and, maybe in particular, a Christian. Hey, swimming as we do through the often swift currents of our culture and its traditions, it's easy to get lost. I know I do! So, here's hoping that these humble efforts of mine might help us both to find our way home.
About the author
Jeff Craw grew up in New England as a PK (Preacher's Kid). His Mom and Dad were the best, and his sisters weren't too shabby either. Undeservedly, he lucked out and married an amazzzing, beautiful, wonderful woman. He was an Ordained Christian Pastor (Ordained on Halloween) for many years, demonstrating that God does have a sense of adventure, as well as a sense of humor. Now, in his retirement, he drives Tractor-Trailers, and still often thinks outrageously and acts extravagantly.