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Reverend Hammers Out New Book

If you walk with Dr. Russell Lee in southern Virginia these days, you will find words coming out everywhere.

Doubtless Sunday mornings and during the week thousands of words are spoken or written.

So it is no surprise that a collection of his articles, from a column published here in the pages of this newspaper each week, is now available in book form. Titled  “Stories from the Carpenter’s Workshop,” it is filled with essays drawn from everyday life which tell us about faith.

The collection is from the years 2004-2005, and titles such as “In-Between Faith,” “Through a Mother’s Glasses,” “Thunderstorms and Rainbows” remind us to think higher rather than lower.   From “Country Stores and Friends to Caterpillars and Fishing,” the book runs the gamut of faith and life.

Why now? 

Lee said, “Many people tell me of sharing my article with people across the country, and of Bible studies and Sunday schools where it helps teach people about faith.  Some of them said, ‘You should put some of these in a book,’ so I did.”

So, we ask, are you going to get rich from this? 

“Heavens no!  All proceeds from the book will be used for mission projects in South Boston and beyond.  If there are any,” Lee said.

Are there any other books on the horizon? 

“Well,” he replied, “we will see how these do first.  I know God has something good in mind.”

His artistic sense of humor is prevalent throughout the book, as a sentence from the back cover promises. “His articles are published each week in the local newspaper, and line the floors of many birdcages.”

Copies of this attractive, paperback edition are available at First Presbyterian Church, McCollum-Ferrell Shoes, The Gazette-Virginian newspaper office, and the South Boston Museum during their regular business hours.

If people want to have them autographed, they can come by First Presbyterian Church in South Boston, or order by telephone at 434-572-3581.  Books are $10 each, with $3 extra to ship them anywhere.  Order them on the church’s Web site 1stpres.cc or from Amazon.com under the exact title or author.

Last title in the book?  “Thoughts on Thoughts.”  Particularly thoughts about God.

“May you have many, as you peruse a book well worth your time,” Lee concluded.