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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449040810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449040819
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,518,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author of the popular Questing Parson blog (www.questingparson.org), Guy Kent has demonstrated a unique ability to see what often others do not see, hear what others do not hear, and to find uncommon experiences in the common. While a retired elder of The United Methodist Church, he does not preach but shares stories that communicate eternal truths and challenge the heart. His blog is featured on the United Methodist Portal website. Guy Kent has served a variety of churches during his ministry, from rural Georgia circuits to an in-town church of Atlanta. Along the way he found ministry in the corporate world, as a Chaplain at Riverside Military Academy and a soccer coach. His eclectic experiences obviously inform his writings to provide his readers with a unique view of his theology and view of life. He is a columnist for The Calhoun Times, a bi-weekly periodical in Calhoun, Georgia. It is from those writings this book is compiled. Upon his retirement he was asked to supply the pulpit of the Farmville United Methodist Church in Calhoun, where he currently preaches each Sunday. When not pecking away on his laptop compiling his stories or seeking material for his tales via people watching around his community, he can often be found hiking the trails of the Northwest Georgia State Parks or studying the artifacts and civilizations of the early and middle Woodland Indians who, he believes, walked the same trails he hikes. Guy is the father of three children, the step-father of two, and the grandfather of eight. He is married to Lynn, known to his blog readers as Ms. Parson, and an accomplished stain glass artist. Another member of the family is Charlie Brown, his faithful canine companion.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William J. Hines on January 30, 2010
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I heard about this book in a Twitter post by Rev. Kent's son Matt in December, 2009. I was following Matt on Twitter because I wanted him to work with me on a dance musical I had written. Matt is a dancer/choreographer/creative director. I had been passively looking for someone to help me in this capacity for a few years. I say passively because I am more inclined to rely on providence than my own proactive effort. I ordered the book from Amazon, along with Richard Bach's "One" and "The Reluctant Messiah" to get free shipping. I read "One" first, and met Matt about the time I finished it and started on his Dad's book. I told him about another musical I am writing in which Jesus returns as an actor in Christian vignettes put on by an Israeli tour company as part of their tour. This Jesus is very different, being incensed at, among other things, the preposterousness of some of the things churches are expecting people to believe about His life on earth. Matt had a twinkle in his eye when he replied, "I've got to tell my Dad about that!"

So I thought I should investigate the Reverend Kent a little, as I continued to read "Lines From the Times", and traced his ministry to a north Georgia retirement blog. I read mostly in the bathroom where his book is most appropriate because of the length of the stories. Real life stories about a page and a half on the average enable the reader to stop when its time rather than getting stuck waiting for the bottom of the page to be the end of a sentence. However, even so, the reading is hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Kent on February 7, 2010
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I love this book for it's ability to remind you to notice the wonder, irony, and joy in the everyday. The stories sound real, like something that you have experienced. My hope is to be present, as the author is, to each of these moments. He seems to be able to pick the lesson out of life's everyday moments without being "preachy". You see his human side, not the pastor who has all the answers. He is funny, touching, and provoking. All things you want in an author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Kent on February 1, 2010
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this is a great book. it is what you wish more christian writers were like. it is real and honest. the best part is it doesn't leave you feeling bad or less than perfect. it is sweet without being corny. and it is confident without being arrogant. in fact, one recurring message is the quiet and often unobserved presence of god's love in our everyday lives. related from the point of view of a grandfather and pastor as if he was sitting down having a chat with you as you sip your morning coffee sunday morning. not rushing off to church. but just conversing.
the stories are short and sweet. not exactly to the point but pointing to the point in their brevity. easy to read and fulfilling to grasp.
a perfect gift for christians and non-christians. nicely done. artful.
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