Q &A’s

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Writing a book you can expect editorial cuts. When it’s a memoir, however, it means a chunk of your life has been discarded. I can accept that After all, no one wants to know EVERYTHING about your past. On the other hand, some cuts from my Connected: From Godfather to God-the-Father have led to some questions. Two are reoccurring:

How’d you end up with your last name?

What did your dad do to go to prison?

The answers are found in the unedited cuts below:

 

After my dad’s escape I wanted to know the “why, what and how,” but it took years to learn the entire story. Over time, my mother and father would help me piece much of the puzzle together.  When I was twelve, my Aunt Mary furnished me with much of the missing pieces.

Every time I visited my aunt’s house she had fresh baked goodies waiting for me.Read more

It’s a launch party for Connected: From Godfather to God-the-Father

It’s a launch party for Connected: From Godfather to God-the-Father

By J Alden Hall               Connected_3D1:00-3:00 PM on Saturday, Sept. 13

At the Pavilion at Sugar Hill City Hall

5039 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, GA.

Drawings, Book Signings and Food!

Catering provided by Catering for Atlanta and Judy Hall.

http://www.amazon.com/Connected-From-Godfather-God-Father/dp/0984781692

Sugar Hill City HallSugar Hill City Hall… Read more

Is the Mafia Dead? The Pope doesn’t think so.

To many Roman Catholics I am “fallen,” because I no longer adhere to their beliefs. To me, I’m an ex-Catholic who never believed in Christ. That is, until I had an intimate meeting with His Father one night while laying on my prison bunk.( To learn of that experience you’ll need to read ‘Connected, from Godfather to God-the -Father,’ when released this September.)  While I have some serious problems with some of the Catholic tenets, I do think we Protestant’s need to respect that our roots spread back to the early Universal or Catholic Church.

And so far, this committed Protestant really likes the new pope.  At least I admire some of what I’ve been hearing. One thing I recently read really rang true, especially as people minimize or glorify (The Amish Mafia TV show, The Mafia Wars computer game, and the ‘mafia is dead’ articles, etc.) the Italian organized crime group that influenced too much of my life–the Mafia.… Read more

Are you, or someone you love, hurting?

 

Then Read This…

Last week I spent time in an emergency room fearful of the news a doctor would say. Was I having a heart attack? Was I facing death, or a serious illness? The answers came back with a loud ambiguity, “We don’t know what’s happening to you. We’re not certain why you are suffering.”

Like an echo the words in 1 Peter 4:13 rang into my consciousness: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you, as though something strange were happening to you.” In truth, I think we are a bit surprised. As a Christian I sometimes think I don’t deserve the pains and trials of this earth. Oh, my brain reasons differently, but deep inside there’s a underlying sense that if I am in Christ’s will, His part of the “bargain” is to place me into a bubble of protection.

In pain, and continued anxiety, I came home to news that a dear Christian friend was in the hospital in grave condition because a deadly invasion of bacteria.… Read more

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Raising Royalty

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood…”

1 Peter 2:9

 

Have you seen the bumper sticker, “I’m not lost I’m exploring”?

Your child may think life’s a mystery to be searched, but you get frustrated when they steer too far off course. So what do you do?

In ancient times there lived a wife of a king who struggled terribly raising her son.  He was a difficult child. She tried everything to get him to mature. She reasoned, cajoled, encouraged, and threatened. Nothing worked. One day she had an idea. She cut a swath of royal purple and sewed it to her teen’s coat.12-8-royalty 015

“What’s this for?” The prince examined the patch on the front of his cloak.

“Every time you look at this strip of purple, I want you to remember you are the king’s son, so act accordingly.”

Sometimes children need to be reminded they’re special.… Read more