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Lines in the Gravel: (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) Paperback – April 21, 2014
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About the Author
Al Ainsworth is a writer and speaker who focuses on “values storying,” the use of the vehicle of story to pass along values to the next generation—whether the next generation of family, employees, students, or church members. Through careers in teaching, coaching, and pastoring, he has prepared others for the next phases of their lives through the values that he often relates through his unique style of storytelling. Al lives with his wife, Loretta, and their three children—Ashton, Garrett, and Drew—in Hernando, Mississippi. Al blogs regularly at www.familystorylegacy.com. Contact him through his speaker’s page at www.alainsworth.com.
Top customer reviews
There was laughter, and tears, as I read this book the first time, and expect the same when I read it again.
Start first by reading this book and then commit to building your own Legacy! Leave your mark on this world by leaving it a better place.
His godly parents and competitive siblings made for a very interesting childhood, where gardens grow Chicken and Dumplings and terra-cotta planters get decorated with designer duct tape. Pranks and tricks abound, and nobody at all seems to go by their given name.
Violence: There is mention of a family pet that chased cars and catches one. There is suspicion that the accident is really a murder perpetrated by another family pet. But no arrests have been made.
Language: backwoods. Seriously, I do not recall any swear words in the work, but there was a significant proliferation of odd name calling. :-)
Sexual Content: Nope.
Spiritual content: Every story in this collection has a reference to living right, coping with loss, dealing with family, and other life lessons. But there's not a lot of scripture, and the book is not at all 'preachy'.
Al's collection of family tales contain some honest humor and Godly wisdom. He unpacks many of the stories from his growing years with candid honesty and humor that will get you grinning and thinking time after time. I gave it Five Stars.
But I must say, I am a little jealous of the relationship this author had with his family. I only hope I can give my own children the memories that Al's family gave him.