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Human will is a strange thing. But grace is stranger and today is a day to remind ourselves that if we are humble and if we do ask for help, we can then choose to step into the greater story that God has prepared for each of us. Asking for a little help is all it takes.

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Today’s Quote:

“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”

– Paulo Coelho ( a Brazilian lyricist and novelist)

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“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

First sentence, David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

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“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.” – Jack Kerouac

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Today’s Quotes:

“Virtue is the finest ornament of knowledge, and knowledge is the finest ornament of virtue.”

“Be not concerned that you are not known, but seek only to be worthy to be known.”

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Today’s Quotes:

“The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.”

– Thomas Hardy

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Reverend Randollph and the Fall From Grace, Inc. by Charles Merrill Smith

I just finished reading Reverend Randollph and the Fall From Grace, Inc. by Charles Merrill Smith. This is the third book in the Rev. Randollph series, although I have read other books in series; I’ve read them out of order…not that they necessarily have to be read in order…but it makes for better continuity as Smith develops his character of Rev. Randollph, et al.

In this mystery the Reverend Prince Hartman, successful TV evangelist and the head of Grace, Inc. is seeking a senate seat in Illinois. However, he needs validation of his ministry to be considered a legitimate member of the clergy and proceeds to ask for membership in Rev. Randollph’s denomination. The Bishop asks Rev. Randollph to meet with Rev. Hartman and to investigate and size up the man’s background and qualifications. Reluctantly, Randollph accepts the request, and the action begins when an aid of Hartman’s drops dead after eating a piece of chocolate candy laced with poison. Rev. Randollph tries to determine if there is something in Hartman’s past that would cause someone to want to kill him. After another aid is poisoned, Randollph, detective Michael Casey, and Samantha “Sammy” Stack, Randolloh’s love interest begin to unravel the mystery…which they eventually solve.

Besides being a good mystery, the story also addresses several sub-plots such as our stereotyping of TV evangelists, and the clergy in general; ethnic groups; gender roles; and race relationships. This is another fine and fun read by Smith, and it is always good to see his regular cast of characters: Rev. Randollph, Bishop Freddie, Sammy Stack, Detective Lt. Michael Casey, Randollph’s secretary, Miss Adelaide Windfall, and the Rev.’s gentlemen’s-gentleman – Clarence Higbee.

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