On Saturday, October 15 from 9-11am, Ann M. Trousdale will be speaking about her book, The Cotton Patch Rebel: The Story of Clarence Jordan. This free event will be held at Bittersweet bookstore at 111 West Forsyth St., Americus, GA. Ann Trousdale will speak beginning at 9:30am and will also take time to answer questions. Copies of her book will be available at the event and she will be signing books.
Ann M. Trousdale is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is also a retired professor at Louisiana State University, where she taught courses in children’s literature and storytelling, the oral interpretation of literature and children’s spirituality, focusing particularly on using literature to support children’s spiritual lives and religious understanding. She lives with her dog Sadie in Louisiana.
Cotton Patch Rebel tells the story of Clarence Jordan from his early childhood to the days of Koinonia Farm, The Cotton Patch Gospels, and Habitat for Humanity. As Ann describes him, “Clarence Jordan seemed to be born with an ability to see things just a little bit differently than other people did- and sometimes that got him into trouble. Like his views on racial equality: they just weren’t popular with many other White people in the Deep South of his day. Like his views on war and how to deal with violence and hatred. For Clarence, the Gospel was very clear about these issues. Moreover, he believed that Jesus’s teachings were not just abstract principles but were meant to be applied directly to everyday life. That got him into trouble too, especially among certain church-going people. Along the way, Clarence became a progressive farmer, a sought-after preacher, a Greek scholar, an author, a precursor of the Civil Rights movement, and a family man. An inexpressible sense of humor enlivened all these aspects of his life.”
If you can’t make it to the event, you can still order the book on our online store.
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