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The Wisdom of Papa Will [Paperback]

By Waddy Wells (Author)
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The spiritual succor found in "The Wisdom of Papa Will" is gently woven into intimate stories told through the authentic experience of a young black boy and his affectionate relationship with his grandfather, Papa Will, his mentor, who believes that strength can be born of adversity. As Papa Will guides him through his "rite of passage," transformation from boyhood into manhood, he teaches wisdom, nobility of character, and reliance upon the Still Small Voice within. The stories emerge out of a small black Texas community in the 30's and 40's, revealing a portrait of black people not generally found in the scholastic history books. This portrait is painted through the eyes of a young black boy who expresses the warm earthiness, raw humor and zest for life found naturally in black people. It is also a portrait of survival through oppression for this was the time prior to the civil rights era when the lives of black people were shadowed by the unspeakable abuse of racial discrimination. There were no laws to protect black citizens and they were cast into a life of poverty and enforced ignorance unless they found the key to personal power, the love from the Presence of God within. The stories found in "The Wisdom of Papa Will" weave the magic of brotherhood and fill hearts with peace and inner confidence.

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The spiritual succor found in The Wisdom of Papa Will is gently woven into intimate stories told through the authentic experience of a young black boy and his affectionate relationship with his grandfather, Papa Will, his mentor, who believes that strength can be born of adversity. As he guides him through his "rite of passage," transformation from boyhood into manhood, he teaches wisdom, nobility of character and reliance upon the Still Small Voice within. The stories emerge out of a small black Texas community in the 30's and 40's, revealing a portrait of black people not generally found in the scholastic history books. This portrait is painted through the eyes of a young black boy who expresses the warm earthiness, raw humor and zest for life found naturally in black people. It is also a portrait of survival through oppression for this was the time prior to the civil rights era when the lives of black people were shadowed by the unspeakable abuse of racial discrimination. There were no laws to protect black citizens and they were cast into a life of poverty and enforced ignorance unless they found the key to personal power, the love from the Presence of God within. The stories found in The Wisdom of Papa Will weave the magic of brotherhood and fill hearts with peace and inner confidence. Waddy Wells is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. Professionally, he works with troubled teenaged boys and their families.

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Studio: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
ISBN  1579216250  
ISBN13  9781579216252  


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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction > Historical


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Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Life  Jan 15, 2005
THE WISDOM OF PAPA WILL is a collection of vignettes, each of which highlight an endearing relationship of a young boy and his grandfather. The stories are set in small-town Texas in the 1930's and 1940's. They are multi-dimensional, featuring historical information about the life and times of the era while also presenting strong spiritual and moral lessons.

Each chapter took various aspects of everyday life, such as planting a garden, and used these common, day-to-day activities as the backdrop against which important lessons are presented. When Waddy D lets his vivid imagination and fear of ghosts get the best of him, it was his grandfather who calmly taught him how to face his fears. When Waddy D and Papa Will encounter an angry lynch mob threatening the lives of blacks in their community, Papa Will teaches him the importance of protecting his family at all costs. While tending the fields, Papa Will teaches his grandson the importance of being in tune with nature and with God. The most important lesson, a theme carried throughout the book, is the importance of not letting barriers prevent success, or rather, the importance of busting through barriers.

While the book is billed as fiction, it has a strong autobiographical feel to it. The love and devotion Papa Will, showed his grandson was so sincere and felt so real that I couldn't help but empathize. There were times when the pace of the book was a little too slow for my tastes, but in spite of this, the stories never failed to touch my heart. In life, sometimes the most poignant memories we share with loved ones involve the everyday and mundane, and Waddy Wells deftly illustrates this point in this collection of stories about everyday life. RAW Rating: 3.5)

Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
 

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