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Everywhere You Go There’s A Zacchaeus Up a Tree, Book Review

The wholesome, winsome wit and wisdom of columnist Roger Campbell

Every week for nearly forty years, Roger Campbell took up his pen to craft a newspaper column that would make a difference in the lives of his readers. His tales of fishing, family, friends, and fun helped them to trade their fears for faith, their sorrows for songs, and their doubts for certainties.

Everywhere You Go There’s a Zacchaeus Up a Tree is an anthology edited by his son, drawn from these weekly columns. Based on Roger’s experiences in the world at large, the pastorate, his community, and his family, these brief but wise essays are enriching, instructive, and gently challenging. Roger’s habit of humbly talking with people from all walks of life wherever he went provided ample opportunity to impact generations of folks. His warm words still bear witness to the truth that God meets us where we are and uses us when we are willing.

Always starting with a Scripture reference, these short entries can be read as a daily or weekly devotion.

For those longing for a simpler time and the flavor of small-town life, Everywhere You Go There’s a Zacchaeus Up a Tree shares a deep, abiding, homespun faith that knows, as Campbell wrote, that “God loves you no matter which way the wind blows.”

My Thoughts: When I saw the title of this book I was immediately interested and requested it for review. Luckily I was accepted and here we are! A wide range of topics are included and them to be especially well taken care of, especially considering the small size of the book. The essays are only about a page but don’t feel like they’re lacking! The transitions are smooth and it deals with both light and heavy topics. A great read.

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