RAINSVILLE, Ala. (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
"Once upon a time, in lands lost in the hazy Past, there seem to have been people who Learned from Life. Momentary location was their School House. Daily Routine their Classroom.” So opens the Preface to Don Reeves’ Letters To The Lord, the compiled apotheosis of Reeves’ column in Jackson Co., Alabama’s The Daily Sentinel. With genre-busting dialectic that has been compared by John Killinger to Garrison Keillor’s, the ridiculous and the sublime are mixed by the author’s hands to form letters addressed to God.
Reeves speaks for everyone. His missives are reports to the Lord on the state of mind and soul of Jackson County’s faithful whose lives are shadowed by the other side, plagued by the issues surrounding football games, and existentialist concerns such as that of love that transcends death. Reeves wages war on the Lord’s behest, too. His timely tactics for global safety and security include constructive self-criticism and creative caring. He implores all and sundry to develop the New Heart-Ware and train to explode Missiles of Meaning filled with Soul-Searching Shrapnel that effectively counters Ego-Centered Thinking, Self-Destructive Fears and Mangled/Simplistic Presumptions that money-making-greed is the Way-to-Wonder in a Word of Wars.
Current strategies miss the mark. That is why Reeves’ dialectic of earthiness and transcendence goes beyond separation of church and state to recross the boundary of political debate, join the national body politic in the search for its conscience and heart in the midst of Tea Party extremism, apathetic socialism, and the button-mashing ecstasy of game-fixated youth. “Dear Lord,” Reeves would start. Readers will be glad to know that this is not a desperate lament. It forms the basis for earthly intelligence that sparks healthy laughter and staid reflection – the best of both worlds as Reeves envisions humans have the complete right to.
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About the Author
College Vice President, United States Air Force chaplain (retired) with the rank of Colonel, certified reality therapist, Donald D. Reeves has ministered to the mental and spiritual health of many. He took his BA (double majoring in English and Religion) from Bethel College, Tennessee. His M.Div. (Master of Divinity) came from Vanderbilt University. He has trained under and became a reality therapist under the tutelage of Bill Glasser, M.D., found of the Institute of Reality Therapy. He has taught, consulted, and written for various organizations and institutions. Now semi-retired, he loves motorcycling, theater, fishing, golf, and basketball (placing 13th in an all-age National 3-Point Shootout in 1997 at 57 years old). A genuine point of pride is his being a descendant of Davy Crockett.
Letters To The Lord * by Don Reeves
Learning to Live in My World of Wars
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
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