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Posted January 6, 2011
This book is a nostalgic trip back to the "Andy Griffith Show" from the 60s, but with lessons we can learn from 30 different episodes to apply to our life today. The author, Joey Fann, uses specific episodes to illustrate a point and take it further to reflect on how God can be at work in similar situations in our lives today by sharing from his own experiences. Each episode is connected to some scripture which the author has included to give each lesson a spiritual application. Some churches throughout the country have used Finding The Way Back To Mayberry as material for informal Bible classes. For those unfamiliar with the show, Mayberry is a small, quiet town and Andy is the Sheriff. The show was just about everyday life and experiences that happened in the small town and in the lives of the different characters. Andy's son, Opie, is often the one to learn the lessons, but also is the one who is first to "get" it.
Here is a quote from one of my favorite episodes, "What's Your Hurry?":
"Consider .. . consider how we live our lives today. Everything is run, run, run. We bolt our breakfast, we scan the headlines, we race to the office. The full schedule and the split second: these are our gauges of success. We drive ourselves from morn to night. We have forgotten the meaning of the word relaxation. What has become of the old-fashioned ways, the simple pleasures of the past?"
I don't know about you, but this sure sounds a lot like our life. The chapters are short so this could easily be used as a family devotional book. This was a fun read for me because I used to watch the show. Goober, the auto mechanic in the show, wrote the foreword. I think anyone who enjoyed the "Andy Griffith Show" would like "The Way Back To Mayberry-Lessons From A Simpler Time" and those who haven't seen the show would find this book wholesome and inspirational.