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Our Father: Discovering Family – Review by Pat Ezell

Our Father – Discovering Family, written by Dr. Mitch Carnell began with a moving experience in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. He and his wife, Carol, stood in that magnificent place one morning and prayed along with people, as he points out,  “from around the world; of every race, creed, religion, nationality, male, female, child, adult, gay and straight” the “Our Father” prayer, or as we may know it, “The Lord’s Prayer.”  In that place at that time Mitch gained a new and deeper understanding of what “Our” really means which he shares throughout his book.  Mitch’s experience in St. Paul’s Cathedral reminds one of the event involving a large group of first century Christians when the Holy Spirit came upon them. There were people from every nation and tribe in that part of the world; all speaking their native language, but all saying the same thing. (Acts 2:11-2)  

Our Father – Discovering Family  is the story of Mitch Carnell’ physical and spiritual journey in which he discovers family, God’s family. It is a journey that began in a small mill-town in up-state South Carolina and took him to a position as Director of the Speech and Hearing Center in Charleston, South Carolina.  Brought up in a Christian home with Christian parents he is open and honest as he discloses personal triumphs and heartaches and the lessons learned from them. His wit, sense of humor, intellect, and insight are revealed as he shares some of the challenges of having very poor eyesight and lighter than average skin color.  His faith and total trust and belief in The God of Creation is evident in the way he tackles reality following the deaths of his father, mother and first wife Liz, in a period of less than two and a half years. Through the mountains and valleys of his journey Mitch shares how God continues to reveal himself through day to day events.

 Our Father – Discovering Family is a book that challenges our sometimes narrow view of how God works in our lives and how potential stumbling blocks can become stepping stones.  The book is a reminder that we pray “Our Father,” not  “My Father,” and that “Our Father” is Father to everyone he created no matter what the differences. 

In his book Dr. Mitch Carnell provides a stimulus to continue to seek God’s plan for our lives regardless of the season. To see God in the ordinary and not so ordinary events of our lives is a challenge presented to readers of this book.

 

            A Review by Patricia B. Ezell

            Associate Dean (retired)

            College of Graduate and Professional Studies

            The Citadel  

 

 

           

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Thankful Thursday – Dr. Gus (August) Marjenhoff

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Dr. Gus Marjenhoff brings to my life. Gus teaches at Webster University and I look forward to our Tuesday night conversations. He has sung in the choir at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for fifty years. In fact, this year they had a service in his honor. Gus was in the US Navy and served on the USS Chaffee. It was torpedoed in the Lingayen Harbor on January 23, 1945. He is the chaplain of the SC Department of the Retired Officers Association. He enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at the Citadel. Gus holds degrees from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and Indiana University. He is a walking history of St. Michael’s Church and of Charleston genealogy. He is an active member of his church’s Sociable Seniors. He loves the stock market and is constantly striving to find ways to get ahead of the game. He keeps his students involved with charts, graphs, and current events. He is a Charlestonian through and through, a devoted husband, father and gardener. He sends a nightly concert to a friend who is homebound. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Dr. Gus Marjenhoff brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad you did.

 

 

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Thankful Thursday – Pat and Hack Ezell

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Patricia and Melvin (Hack) Ezell bring to my life. This highly involved, energetic couple provides an example for us all. Pat is a native of Arkansas and Hack hails from North Carolina. They have both retired from distinguished careers at the Citadel. Pat was Assistant Dean to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hack was Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science. In 1997 Pat was selected as the employee of the year. They are devoted parents and grandparents. Both are deeply involved in the mission of First Baptist Church. Both have served as chair of the diaconate. Hack has chaired the Long Range Planning Committee. They both help arrange Joy Club trips and sing in the senior choir. They both prepare the annual Joy Club Luncheon for the Hamrick Lectureship. Hack is greatly involved in the Gideon Society and serves as the FBC representative to the Charleston County Baptist Association. Both are involved in promoting the programs at Bonnie Doom Conference Center and the FBC beach house. Thinking about all they do makes me tired. Both taught at Mars Hill College before arriving in Charleston. Both have graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Nancy Baldwin Carnell

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my daughter-in-law, Nancy Carnell. She will have a birthday on Saturday. Nancy and Michael have been married for almost twenty-five years, but I have known her longer than that. She was a constant at our house long before they were married. Liz, my late wife and Michael’s mother, referred to them as the puppies. Nancy is the mother of my outstanding grandchildren, Christina and Colin. She and Michael are wonderful parents. She is also a sharp business person now working as a supervisor at Wal-Mart. Before that she explored the world of E-bay as an independent entrepreneur. Nancy grew up on the Citadel campus where her father was head of the Biology Department. Her mother taught at First Baptist High School, where Nancy graduated, and later at Summerville High. Nancy loves Edisto and spends as much time there as possible. Tina and Colin swim like fish. Nancy and Michael lived in Savannah and then Atlanta, but neither were content away from the Holy City. Nancy enjoys the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition every year. Her favorite event is the Dock Dogs. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Nancy Carnell. Call her up and wish her a happy birthday.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize someone who is important to your life. Let him or her know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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