I recently had the pleasure of reading Roger Campbell’s book, Everywhere You Go There’s a Zacchaeus Up a Tree: Small-Town Faith and Words of Wisdom.
Roger Campbell, who passed away in 2015, was a pastor and author. He had a syndicated weekly newspaper column for nearly 40 years, and his son has found Campbell’s over 100 best tales to share in this book.
This book offers separate one to two page articles covering a wide range of topics. I think this book would work perfectly for someone’s morning routine. Read the Bible, pray, and then read one article in this book for inspiration.
I loved Campbell’s witty humor and insight. Hands down, my favorite chapter in this book was one that Campbell wrote about his mother, who hated gossip. When she would have women over, as soon as the topic would inevitably turn to gossip, she would get up, walk to her kitchen window and say, “Isn’t it a beautiful day today!”
Campbell covers an array of topics that affect all of us, whether it’s how to be more grateful, how to help when you are weak, how to trust in God, etc.
Another favorite chapter, “A New Beginning”, is about Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner and WWII fighter who was held prisoner of war in a Japanese camp and experienced much brutality. When he returned home, he drank too much to escape the painful memories until he heard Billy Graham speak. He went on to become sober, save his marriage, and become an inspiration for millions of kids he helped in his outreach program. Campbell writes,
Millions long for a new beginning. And the book of faith is filled with true stories of those who failed but found a way to start over.
Peter denied his Lord three times just before the crucifixion but was forgiven and became a hero of faith. Thomas doubted the resurrection of Christ but after one weak week became a minster and martyr for his Lord. Paul the apostle first persecuted the church but then became the greatest missionary of all time.
Many have come to faith after coming to the end of themselves.
You can make a new beginning.
Go for it!
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review. All opinions are my own.