Laugh, Love, and Lift

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iUniverse, Nov 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages

R. Donald Shafer knows life is a story and that all of our stories are different. This memoir spans seven decades of his life as a son, brother, friend, husband, father, pastor, bishop, church administrator, and grandfather. Shafer chronologically and topically narrates his unique journey with the hope that his stories will encourage others to look up, laugh, love, and ultimately lift their spirits to accept all that life has to offer.

Shafer begins with his birth in a little Pennsylvania village where he tells of peaceful times growing up near his grandparents. With four siblings, caring parents, an affirming pastor, and fascinating neighbors, life is exciting. During his adolescence Shafer decides to follow Jesus, a decision that changes his life forever. Working at mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, dancing at the high school prom, and a few car accidents are escapades of his youth. Shafer details his college life and love stories of meeting his future wife. Beyond his expectations, he becomes an ordained pastor, church leader, bishop, and even a public relations man. Contemporary church planting on a shoestring and relational caring for pastors marked this church administrator's career.

Laugh, Love, and Lift shares one man's uplifting journey through life as he discovers the importance of loving relationships, unyielding faith, and hope for the future.

 

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Contents

Beginnings
1
Waynesboro
9
Siblings
12
Work and Ethics
15
School
23
Leaving Home
31
Love
35
College
44
Interludes in Drama
138
Mentors
140
Mentoring
142
Pastors and Spouses Wrote
145
Grandchildren
152
General Secretary
158
Public Relations
170
Medical Detours
174

Marriage
49
Marlene
55
Pastor
64
Fatherhood
68
Family
77
Church Administration
84
Bishop
95
Staying with Pastors
99
Church Planting
108
Adventures in Maturing
115
Other Cultures
120
Relaxing
128
Senior Adventures
178
Back East
195
My Brothers Death
204
The Journey is the Destination
211
I Believe in Relationships
212
Epilogue
215
Appendix A
219
Appendix B
221
Appendix C
225
Acknowledgements
233
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About the author (2012)

R. Donald Shafer was born in Rouzerville, Pennsylvania, and later became a pastor in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a church administrator in Indiana. His career eventually led him to California where he became a bishop. Shafer has travelled to Africa, Japan, India, South America, Philippines, and the Middle East. He and his wife, Marlene, now reside in Pinon Hills, California.

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