Lines in the Gravel

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And 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales

Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth’s experiences growing up in Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Lines in the Gravel might appear at first to be simply a nostalgic collection of the author’s childhood memories. However, as he so often repeats on his blog (, the author teaches, “Nostalgia reaches into the past with both hands to grasp something that is gone and likely never will be again. Legacy, and the other hand, reaches into the past with one hand to grasp what is teachable and passes it forward with the other hand to the next generation.” Praise for Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales): “Delightful! An inspiring, touching, and oftentimes humorous look at family life in small-town Mississippi. Through the wonder of story, Lines in the Gravel reminds us of the importance of passing along to the next generation those values that have blessed us and shaped us for good. Whether you grew up in a warm and loving family or a highly dysfunctional family, you’ll be better for having read this book!” Stan Buckley, Executive Director, But God Ministries “The places of our childhood may have been different, but I recognized a common thread between Al Ainsworth’s stories in Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and those from my own childhood. The same values of faith and family that I learned growing up in rural Mississippi continue to be the values that guide me as the leader of my own home and as the leader of young men today. Al reminds us all to express our values of faith and family through the stories that we tell.” Hugh Freeze Head Football Coach, University of Mississippi “Growing up in the South Mississippi family that I did, sports and stories were constant companions. The sport or the level at which it was being played didn’t matter. Much of what it took for me to have success in the NFL can be traced back to games all over South Mississippi and the conversations that happened in the Favre household afterward. Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) reminds us of the value of our stories to shape who we are and who we aspire to be.” Brett Favre, Three-Time National Football League MVP.

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