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Dust of the Earth
The fictional biography of JT Pace, son of a Southern sharecropper, for whom illiteracy was an even greater burden than the prejudice he had faced throughout his life, a burden he finally overcame as an adult.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by BJU Press
(first published 1994)
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JT Pace lived in fear that others would discover his humiliating secret. When he was a sensitive young child he wanted to go to school, but a teacher's impatience with his stuttering caused him never to go again. His father taught him to figure, so that he would not be cheated out of wages, and most people assumed that JT could read. It was after he met the Lord that JT realized he needed to read. The Word of God was necessary for him to live, and he prayed that if he couldn't learn to read, ...more
Incredibly slow...if I can't get into a book in 30 minutes (I'm a very fast reader) then my kids aren't going to be able to engage with the story, either. Really wanted to like this book, Hess is the author of a favorite childhood book "A Father's Promise".