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Letters from Maybe [Paperback]

By Michael Pearson (Author)
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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2005
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788023497  
EAN  9780788023491  

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Looking for delightful and heartwarming stories that present familiar spiritual truths in new and insightful ways? Then you'll definitely enjoy this collection of brief parables in the form of humorous letters sent to Pastor Mike from a fictional parishioner. The letters chronicle a five-year timeframe in the life of the small town of "Maybe," Michigan, the bucolic home of such colorful establishments as the Busy Bee Caf?, Thelma's Cut-n-Curl, and America's first Refrigerator Magnet Museum. Following a folksy formula reminiscent of Garrison Keillor's "News from Lake Wobegon," the homespun letters report on the people and rhythms of everyday life in a typical small town. You'll share in events like graduations, county fairs, and weddings, and see how they offer a subtle yet compelling platform for examining universal themes of community, faith, and relationship. Each letter is linked to a scripture passage, and engages listeners with an easygoing, conversational tone. The uplifting and captivating material in Letters From Maybe can also be used in a variety of pastoral settings. The letters can be read from the pulpit as a pleasant change of pace, and they make excellent meditations or meeting starters for small groups and retreats. Convenient topic and scripture indexes are included so that you can easily locate a letter relating to a specific subject. Topics covered include: * Discipleship * Miracles * Acceptance * Gossip * Generosity * Persistence * Forgiveness * Companionship * Loyalty * Deceit

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Vacation in "Maybe!"  May 17, 2006
I must confess...that I love the quirky, vulnerable, fallible citizens of "Maybe." They're our everyday selves cast in a slightly less-worldly light, in a somewhat gentler locale. When I read Elizabeth's letters I feel temporarily transported to a sweeter location, and I experience a deep desire to find a comfy front porch on which to sit and greet my neighbors... "Letters From Maybe" reminds me how comforting it is to confide in a friend, and how much meaning there can be in a simple gesture. Pastor Mike's uniquely humorous collection is one you'll savor, and want to revisit again and again.
Heartwarming Stories  May 16, 2006
I enjoyed these stories very much. In style, they reminded me a lot of Philip Gulley's "Front Porch Tales", although I didn't think they were quite as good overall. The stories are humorous, feel-good ones, and they can be read as the basis for daily or periodic devotionals. I definitely recommend this book.
Take Me to "Maybe!"  May 15, 2006
I have had the distinct pleasure of hearing many of Elizabeth's letters from "Maybe" read from Pastor Pearson's pulpit during Sunday worship. These light-hearted, carefully crafted parables set in modern day small-town America not only amuse, but also provide keen insight into scriptural passages and biblical truths. To have these letters collected and presented in one volume is an incredible delight! Whenever I need to smile or remember what's really important, I pick up this book and take a little trip to "Maybe."
A fine collection of savory morsels  May 15, 2006
Pearson has gifted us with a fine collection of well-crafted letters about the fictional town of "Maybe". The stories contained within these letters are deceptive in their simplicity. At first glance, the letters feel like a hybrid blend of Lake Wobegon and Seinfeld. A more careful reading places them closer to a spiritual Winesburg, Ohio. This spirituality, tacit and gently woven throughout the stories, leaves the reader with a sense that a deep and powerful stream is running just below street level. Where Anderson's Winesburg inhabitants -whom he termed "grotesques"-- live lives of futility and despair, Pearson's residents of Maybe present themes of beauty, hope and redemption.

The people and geography of Maybe develop with each letter. Elizabeth, the letter writer, parallels the voice of Anderson's George Willard, the town reporter. She begins each letter critiquing Rev. Answer's sermons, and never gets too much out of the last half. She tells of happenings at the Busy-Bee Cafe, the Refrigerator Magnet Museum, Thelma's Cut 'n' Curl, and even the local nudist colony, Hyde Park.

Letters from Maybe should be read much as a box of fine chocolates should be eaten: one delightful morsel at a time, savoring the unique flavor of each nugget, reflecting on the pleasure of each bite before moving on for another simple yet complex taste.

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