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A sharecropper's son, Aaron Johnson led sit-ins under Dr. King's tutelage, advised North Carolina governors, and served as state corrections secretary while pastoring a Baptist church. Deb Cleveland is the author of Hugs from Heaven: Portraits of a Woman's Faith, a minister's wife, and mother of three sons.

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  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449700292
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestBow (February 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZSHSBS
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This project took seed years ago when Debbie and Dennis Walsh first met Aaron Johnson and learned of his life's work. Knowing that his story should be told, for current and future generations, the Walshes commissioned writer Deb Cleveland in 2005. She spent the next few years meeting with Aaron, his wife Mattie, and many of Aaron's former colleagues. In the photo at left, Deb and Aaron celebrate the completion of the Man from Macedonia manuscript in fall 2009.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Black Wolf Beowulf on February 20, 2010
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This book offers a glimpse into what happens in an ordinary person's life when faced with extraordinary challenges. From his beginning as a sharecropper's son and a hand-to-mouth existence as a youngster growing up in North Carolina, Aaron Johnson follows God's calling to make a difference wherever he goes. At every turn, the story of Aaron Johnson resonates with authenticity and the desire to answer to the challenge of living with intention and purpose. Every once in a while we encounter a book that so grips us that we are changed for the better after having read it. This is such a book. It will give you intimate glimpses into the turbulent racial disturbances of the 1960's. It reveals how grass roots efforts by a few wise and disciplined people made history play out with a little more civility and reason than it otherwise would have. Aaron Johnson's work continues in his passionate and capable reshaping of the Department of Corrections in North Carolina. Multitudes have been benefited by his humble, yet skillful leading among those who would otherwise been the castaways of our society. Many who had lost hope in prisons and penal institutions have been transformed and given hope by this man's faith and his message.
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Aaron Johnson was one of seven children born to a woman with a fourth grade education. They lived in a 3-bedroom bungalow with no plumbing, running water, or electricity. Every morning, as her children shivered around the wood stove, Cassie Johnson sang to her Lord and spoke to her children: "Babies, don't rely on just yourselves. God will make a way for you somehow." And He did. Over and over, God directed Aaron Johnson's path, opening seemingly immovable doors to use him as a crucial link in the civil rights movement, as a pastor unafraid to proclaim the word of God, and as a passionate and compassionate reformer of the North Carolina prison system. The scene that will be forever etched in my mind is of Reverend Johnson entering a filthy, shrouded prison cell to comfort a female prisoner, dying of Aids and shunned by prison employees. The tenderness this man showed her is heart-wrenching and convicting. Man from Macedonia is a must-read for anyone who has ever doubted the worth of a single person's efforts. Aaron Johnson's story is a testimony to the power of God and the strength of a mother's prayers. Thank you, Reverend Johnson, and Deb Cleveland, for recording this story for generations who must never forget.
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Aaron Johnson trod the footsteps of the Negro sharecropper in 1930s North Carolina, beat down the path to freedom with Civil Rights Marchers in the tumultuous 60s, and was even led blindfolded into a Ku Klux Klan meeting. With God whispering into his ear, Reverend Johnson juggled advisory positions with a pastoral calling.

I could barely read fast enough to keep pace with my curiosity of how God maneuvered Reverend Johnson into board rooms and crumbling jail cells. The Reverend's folksy, colloquial Southern voice drew me onto Death Row, where as Secretary of Corrections in North Carolina, Reverend Johnson battled prejudice, hatred, and political enemies to pull an antiquated, downright prison system into the 20th century.

Don't miss this compelling autobiography of one man's reliance on God through highs and lows most of us only imagine. Congratulations to Reverend Johnson and Ms. Cleveland! I only wish there was Volume II of The Man from Macedonia.
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By Mission Joy on March 7, 2010
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Being a white female in small town America where I rarely even see a person of color, I had no real understanding of the civil rights movement. The Man from Macedonia brought me understanding and heart break. Reading about Rev. Johnson's frightful experiences and his "fourth man in the fire" stirred up great faith in my heart. I'm not a big reader but I am so glad I purchased this book and had the chance to meet Rev. Johnson in it's pages. I deeply admire him and want to know more about men and women like him who changed our world during these events in history. I'm making sure my friends know about the book. I have a feeling this book is going to change my life.
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By SC Lady on February 21, 2013
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This book reveals the worst in human nature; the faith that transforms; the cost of obedience and the God who is able. It testifies to the truth that God can take that which is intended for evil and turn it into something good. It breaks the heart and renews the spirit. Author Deb Cleveland and Rev. Aaron Johnson join together in the telling of how God's answer to the prayers of a believing mother produced a faithful son, whose voice became God's instrument to put an end to racial discrimination and to advocate for the incarcerated.
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This book was an eye-opener for learning about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s. There was much happening to keep things non-violent, and Rev. Johnson was in the thick of it. He shares his prayer life, God-given courage to attend a KKK meeting, the scars of brutality and abuse and prejudice while demonstrating how faith in God helped him overcome all and maintain a great witness for Jesus. God opens amazing doors when one is willing to follow! Young people also need to read this thrilling, well-written autobiography.
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