Meridian Star

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June 26, 2014

Mississippi writer shares stories of family values

MERIDIAN —     Mississippi author Al Ainsworth will be in Meridian Saturday to promote and sign his book "Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-told Childhood Tales)" at the Bible Bookstore, located on 23rd Avenue, from 10 a.m. to noon.

    Ainsworth, who is also a speaker, said he focuses on "values storying", the use of story telling to pass values from generation to generation.  

    "The platform that I am teaching from is the passing down of values through the stories we tell and retell," Ainsworth said. "It could be with an individual, families, schools, organizations, businesses, or whatever it may be, passing down the things that are important through the stories they tell. These are the ones in my  family that have passed down values such as hard work, honesty, integrity, and other things that have helped shape us into who we are today."

    Ainsworth said he was inspired to write the book because he wants people to understand the importance of passing down stories and values to each new generation.

    "Walt Grayson, who wrote the foreword to my book, said it perfectly that the stories we tell make up our family's DNA," Ainsworth said. "We become connected to our roots through the stories we share through the years. Life lessons are better taught and remembered when coupled with stories."

    Ainsworth said his faith played a major part in constructing the foundation of the book. "Ultimately all of this is what the Lord put in place, preparing me for salvation first and foremost, which is the last story in the book," he said. "The book goes from when I was 6 or 7 years old up through when I accepted Christ in college."

    Ainsworth is already planning on writing two follow-up books, one centering more on his life after accepting Christ while the other book is being written to instruct and inspire readers on how to write their own life stories.

    Ainsworth said he looks forward to meeting and swapping stories with readers on Saturday and invites everyone to come out.

    "I would love to see everyone and listen to the stories they have to share," Ainsworth said. "I have got my stories written down, but I love to hear other people's life stories. Just for people to share their values, for some it is Christian values for others it is good family values. Whichever your values are share them, otherwise if we do not intentionally hand them out to the next generation they will never have the opportunity to know the them."  

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