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Christmas Gift!
By author: Ferrol Sams
Product Code: H810
ISBN: 9780881462111
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 112
Product Format: Hardback
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Interweaving his memories of boyhood Christmases in the dark days of the Depression and the details of present-day holidays with his grandchildren, Ferrol Sams demonstrates the deep, inescapable role of rituals in our lives and the importance of passing them on to each succeeding generation. Includes audio CD read by the author.
Clarence Jordan: A Radical Pilgrimage in Scorn of the Consequences
By author: Frederick L. Downing   Foreword by: Walter Brueggemann
Product Code: H943
ISBN: 9780881466324
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Using a corpus of family letters, his FBI file, and a series of interviews, Frederick L. Downing portrays Clarence Jordan as a pioneer (on the frontier of the New South), a prophet, and a moral exemplar. As a New Testament Greek scholar and founder of Koinonia Farm, there were two distinctive poles to the prophetic nature of Jordan’s life and work: one which sought to critique and dismantle the status quo, and the other which attempted to evoke a new way of being.
Closing Arguments: A Memoir
By author: Buckner F. Melton Sr.
Product Code: H667
ISBN: 9780865549272
Pages: 247
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As a member of the "Greatest Generation," Buckner F. Melton was born at the end of the great depression, raised as a poor preacher’s kid in the Deep South, served in the Navy during two wars, had a full career as a lawyer, and served in public office. He also spent a huge amount of time working for various civic and charitable causes and economic development in Macon and the state of Georgia.
Combat Chaplain: The Life and Civil War Experiences of Rev. James H. McNeilly
By author: M. Todd Cathey
Product Code: H947
ISBN: 9780881466379
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Born 9 June 1838, James H. McNeilly grew up near Charlotte in Dickson County, Tennessee. At age thirteen, McNeilly was sworn in as deputy circuit court clerk of Dickson County. Raised in a devout Presbyterian home, he received his undergraduate degree from Jackson College in Columbia, Tennessee. Just as the Civil War broke out, he had earned his Doctor of Divinity from Danville Theological Seminary at Danville, Kentucky. As McNeilly returned home to Dickson County, in the summer of 1861, he preached on Sunday and recruited troops for the Confederacy during the week. In October 1861, McNeilly traveled to nearby Fort Donelson, where he offered his services to the South.
Confederate Sharpshooter Major William E. Simmons: Through the War with the 16th Georgia Infantry and 3rd Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters
By author: Joseph P. Byrd IV
Product Code: H914
ISBN: 9780881465686
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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In recent years there has been a renewed interest in Civil War sharpshooters. Now there is a new perspective on the subject in the story of Major William E. Simmons (1839–1931), with emphasis on his experiences as an infantry officer in the Army of Northern Virginia. Three years after graduating from Emory College, Simmons joined the first company in his home county and received his commission. He was later promoted to Captain in the elite 3rd Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters of Wofford’s Brigade. In 1864, he became acting commander of the brigade’s sharpshooter battalion. The book traces his family heritage and his footsteps from childhood to Emory College, through many challenging war encounters, his capture and imprisonment at Fort Delaware, and a lifetime of service to his state and community that lasted until the 1930s.

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