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On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? [NOOK Book]

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Reverend Wendell E. Mettey,Founder and President of Matthew 25: Ministries, tells the story of his many years of pastoring an endearingly imperfect inner-city church in On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? is a collection of gentle, loving, humorous, often touching portrayals of the unique and colorful individuals who comprised Reverend Mettey’s congregation during his early years of ministering.

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Overview

Reverend Wendell E. Mettey,Founder and President of Matthew 25: Ministries, tells the story of his many years of pastoring an endearingly imperfect inner-city church in On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? is a collection of gentle, loving, humorous, often touching portrayals of the unique and colorful individuals who comprised Reverend Mettey’s congregation during his early years of ministering.

As he shares the stories of his diverse and sometimes wayward flock, Reverend Mettey reveals that these individuals, as blemished and broken
as they may have been, were used by God to bring much beauty into the world. Through Reverend Mettey’s eyes, the reader sees that these ordinary people, whose lives were filled with trials, were yet infused with an awareness of God's real and abundant grace. With infinite compassion and delicate humor, Reverend Mettey takes readers on a delightful journey of discovery and redemption. These lovingly written tales will be a blessing to all who read them, evoking both laughter and tears as they offer reassurance that no matter how bad life seems, there is good to be found.

This 146 page book told in 16 simple, compelling story-chapters, takes the reader on a captivating series of fascinating narratives that impel the reader to re-evaluate their pre-conceptions and expand their acceptance of those around them who are scarred with the chips, dings, cracks and imperfections of life. The book, with its short story format, makes an excellent text for small group discussion, book or bible study groups. Through Reverend Mettey’s eyes the reader learns the priceless life lesson that everyone has something to give and to teach.

“The Rev. Wendell Mettey has compiled a collection of stories of redemption, love and faith, drawn from his personal experience as an inner-city pastor. Savor each heartwarming story and consider the mysterious ways in which God directs and transforms our lives.” Chris Saunders founder and president, emeritus Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network, Dayton, Ohio

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044778436
  • Publisher: Wendell E. Mettey
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 7,504
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

Wendell Mettey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reverend Mettey has served as Pastor for several churches in the Cincinnati area. In 1991, after visiting war-torn Nicaragua and witnessing the poverty and devastation, he felt called by God to resign from his church and begin Matthew 25: Ministries.

Reverend Mettey and his wife Mickey (Michelle) have three children; Tim, Clare and Aaron. Wendell and Mickey are also the proud grandparents of Ethan, Sydney, Olivia, Cora, Noel and Ashlyn.

Reverend Mettey is the author of numerous devotional & inspirational publications. These include “Are Not My People Worthy? The Story of Matthew 25: Ministries” (released in 2004); “What God Desires The Story of the Center for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief” (released in the 2008); “On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?” (released in 2009), “Meet Those Who Met the Master” (released in 2012), and “Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas” (released in 2013). In addition to these books, Reverend Mettey has published several compilations of stories, sermons and reflections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Meditations

    An enjoyable and eye-opening series of vignettes illustrating lessons learned by a Cincinati pastor from his years of service in an inner city church.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Heart-warming stories - great read

    This is a collection of true stories about people helping people in
    all sorts of circumstances and needs.
    Many tearful moments and words which bring peace, joy and
    warmth to ones inner feelings.
    If you tend to be an emotional person, which I am, you may want to read in the privacy of your own home.
    This is a book I will probably reread over time.

    Neleh

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Quick pick me up

    What a delightful book. So easy to read and find inspiration in each story. Helps renew faith in humanity and our power to grow with the circumstances we have. Should have more of this on the news.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Inspirational point of view

    Found the perspective from a pasto's view eye opening. Would recommend to anyone questioning diversity within their church community. The stories were compelling and heart warming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Simple but real

    The author seems to end nearly every vignette with the death of one or more of that chapter's characters. It was rather predictable and lost impact. Also, in the epilog, which is a parable, pages are missing. Of course, this detracted from the intent of completing and summing up the author's book. Some closer editing would have made this 4 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Uplifting short stories

    Need encouragement? This book does that. Good role models in this book. Pastor discusses people that have led complicated, but fulfilling lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Sweet stories

    Excellent read!A true life collection of stories from a pastors point of view. Amazing people that anyone can relate to. Great reading for those of us that sometimes need to be reminded of our own blessings in life. Also to give those of us who need it,hope.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    Book starts off slower than I expected but once I got used to th

    Book starts off slower than I expected but once I got used to the writing style & story format, I really enjoyed it. A wonderful example of people reaching out to their community and welcoming / loving people who needed help (church school bus, visitations, hugs). Some very memorable people are in these stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Enjoyable book

    A good read and has a good moral for those who can see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Inspirational

    Different, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Put a smile on your face

    Very light

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Exceptional Book! I absolutely, positively loved reading this bo

    Exceptional Book!
    I absolutely, positively loved reading this book. It made me laugh, cry and think really hard about this life and the wonderful people that have passed through it. I can identify with the people that were written in this book. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Excellelnt book

    I really enjoy reading this and could get into it and love the writing

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    Delightful book with simple stories that are easy to read. I enj

    Delightful book with simple stories that are easy to read. I enjoy books that are real and about real people. This book is definitely one of them. I do feel that the stories should have included more details and some of the chapters ended far to abruptly.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    good

    I enjoyed reading the stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Quite interesting

    A quick worthwhile read. Great spiritual insights. We should all learn to water the flowers in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    great read

    loved the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Recomment this book

    Very good book, inspiring, easy to read.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Very good book...inspirational.

    If you've been a church member for any length of time, you have seen everyone of the author's examples in this book. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very uplifting. You will love reading this. It will break your heart.

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