Lines in the Gravel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Lines in the Gravel 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. More

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Words: 46,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310383151
About Al Ainsworth

Hi, I'm Al Ainsworth.

The platform for my writing is values storying, the intentional passing down of values through story.

What is your backstory? Whether you are another link in the chain of a long, healthy family history or whether you are struggling to become the first link in such a chain, story is a key to building a strong family legacy. The power of shared experiences passed down through story from one generation to the next cannot be minimized.

When my father’s mother and my mother’s father passed away a number of years ago, the generations rolled forward a notch on both sides of my family. My children will remember very little about my grandparents; what they know about them will come largely through the stories I tell. My children’s children — when my children have children of their own one day — won’t know them at all…except through story. The experiences that my grandparents had, the stories they told, the lessons they learned will all be for naught if not passed down through story. Every generation needs to know their generational backstory.

The generational clock will move ruthlessly on—as most parts of our lives associated with time are wont to do—and one day the stories of my parents will find themselves at the risk of extinction. And then mine. And yours.

My writing is built not only for the purpose of preserving and sharing the rich stories of my life but also to provide encouragement and tools to help you preserve and share your stories.


Review by: Chris Solaas on March 17, 2016 :
As clearly defined in the subtitle, 'and 52 other re-told childhood tales', this book is a collection of glimpses into the author's life as a kid growing up in Star, MS, back in the 60's and 70's, a town small enough to handle directions like 'take THE Road to THE Big Road, turn Left and head to THE Highway.'

His godly parents and competitive siblings made for a very interesting childhood, where gardens grow Chicken and Dumplings and terra-cotta planters get decorated with designer duct tape. Pranks and tricks abound, and nobody at all seems to go by their given name.

Violence: There is mention of a family pet that chased cars and catches one. There is suspicion that the accident is really a murder perpetrated by another family pet. But no arrests have been made.

Language: backwoods. Seriously, I do not recall any swear words in the work, but there was a significant proliferation of odd name calling. :-)

Sexual Content: Nope.

Spiritual content: Every story in this collection has a reference to living right, coping with loss, dealing with family, and other life lessons. But there's not a lot of scripture, and the book is not at all 'preachy'.

Bottom Line:

Al's collection of family tales contain some honest humor and Godly wisdom. He unpacks many of the stories from his growing years with candid honesty and humor that will get you grinning and thinking time after time. I gave it Five Stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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