Thursday, October 19, 2017

Everywhere You Go There's a Zacchaeus Up a Tree by Roger Campbell

Book description:

The wholesome, winsome wit and wisdom of columnist Roger Campbell

Every week for nearly forty years, Roger Campbell took up his pen to craft a newspaper column that would make a difference in the lives of his readers. His tales of fishing, family, friends, and fun helped them to trade their fears for faith, their sorrows for songs, and their doubts for certainties.

Everywhere You Go There's a Zacchaeus Up a Tree is an anthology edited by his son, drawn from these weekly columns. Based on Roger's experiences in the world at large, the pastorate, his community, and his family, these brief but wise essays are enriching, instructive, and gently challenging. Roger's habit of humbly talking with people from all walks of life wherever he went provided ample opportunity to impact generations of folks. His warm words still bear witness to the truth that God meets us where we are and uses us when we are willing.

Always starting with a Scripture reference, these short entries can be read as a daily or weekly devotion.

For those longing for a simpler time and the flavor of small-town life, Everywhere You Go There's a Zacchaeus Up a Tree shares a deep, abiding, homespun faith that knows, as Campbell wrote, that "God loves you no matter which way the wind blows."

My review:

  I was not familiar with Roger Campbell or his writings, but thought this sounded like an interesting book to review.... and I found that to be the case.

 It is a different kind of book that I normally read, but I found it an interesting, encouraging, and inspiring read. And it is the kind of book that you can read a section or two in a few minutes and go back to it later.

 The book covers a lot of topics, and the author has a unique and interesting way of writing that is easy to follow and easy to keep up with.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Roger Campbell (1930-2015) was in the ministry for over fifty years. He spent many years as a pastor, and in the late 1970's he launched Roger Campbell Ministries, an evangelical ministry through which he produced radio broadcasts, wrote weekly newspaper columns, and spoke at church Bible conferences. He is the author of nearly 30 books, including the acclaimed Preach for a Year series.

Everywhere You Go There's a Zacchaeus Up a Tree is available from Kregel Publishing.

Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.