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Man from Macedonia [Kindle Edition]

Rev. Aaron Johnson , Deb Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"In telling his life story, Rev. Aaron Johnson takes us to the front lines of the fight for civil and human rights in our country over the last fifty years. Whether being beaten and dragged from a dime store lunch counter, standing blindfolded before a Ku Klux Klan meeting, or praying arm-in-arm with a death-row inmate, Johnson shows us how human hatred and fear smells, sounds and feels—and how it feels to empower others with hope and trust.
Told with humility and humor, Johnson’s story reminds us that one individual—with focus and faith—can effect great change despite repeated hurdles. Readers will come to know Aaron Johnson as a friend and inspiring hero who suspects that God still has a few projects waiting for him on his to-do list."

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About the Author

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZSHSBS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Story of Courage, Faith and Determination February 20, 2010
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "God will make a way." August 27, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read of a Modern-Day Hero May 7, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book 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 Martha
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! March 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! What a riveting story and the authorship is outstanding! I was greatly blessed and inspired by the total dependence of this pastor upon our Lord! Thank you to Rev Johnson for sharing your disciple story, to Deb Cleveland for writing and to Debbie and Dennis Walsh for publishing! A wonderful team effort in the body of Christ!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book this year April 3, 2013
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This book had me captured as a passenger in time. There is no history book that ever taught the experience of the civil rights movement better than the Man from Macedonia . I cried , got angry and experience the power of prayer/God. I have everyone reading this book. The history and legacy of this man is amazing!
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Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book about a great man of faith and courage;
Awesome book about a great man of courage and faith. A man who made a real difference. When this was on my to read shelf I kept putting it off because I thought it would be a dry... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book about a great man of faith and courage.
Awesome book about a great man of courage and faith. A man who made a real difference. When this was on my to read shelf I kept putting it off because I thought it would be a dry... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Well Told
This book reveals the worst in human nature; the faith that transforms; the cost of obedience and the God who is able. Read more
Published 22 months ago by SC Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished...AWESOME!!
In one word, I would sum this book up as "AWESOME". Talk about being on the front-lines, this book takes you front and center in the throws of civil rights and racial... Read more
Published on November 2, 2012 by Kimberley R. Basnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt as if I were on the front-line with Aaron
This book resides at the top of my list of one of the best books I've ever read. The storytelling abilities of Aaron and Deb Cleveland, kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published on October 29, 2012 by Kimberley R. Basnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of faith, leadership, courage, and grace!
Very inspiring and challenging book for anyone interested to learn more about God or grow with God! If you want to learn about a real man of faith, read this book.
Published on December 14, 2011 by jackb
5.0 out of 5 stars Man from Macedonia
This book seems to honestly relate America in transition during recent years..........features a a man who seemes fearless, a Godly man who practices what he preaches..... Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by hubert baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to civil rights lit
This book really gives you insight into the world of segregated America. It bridges the gap between Scout and Atticus' fictional depiction and MLK Jr. Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by EnglishTeacher
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More About the Author

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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