Year of Our Lord: Faith, Hope, and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta

Year of Our Lord: Faith, Hope, and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta

by T. R. Pearson
     
 
Lucas McCarty lives in the Mississippi Delta. He is the only white congregant in the African-American Trinity House of Prayer Holiness church. Lucas is bereft of the ability to speak due to cerebral palsy, yet he sings there in the church choir. Thus is the subject of Year of Our Lord, a portrait of courage, acceptance and grace, rendered in the lyrical prose of T.R.

Overview

Lucas McCarty lives in the Mississippi Delta. He is the only white congregant in the African-American Trinity House of Prayer Holiness church. Lucas is bereft of the ability to speak due to cerebral palsy, yet he sings there in the church choir. Thus is the subject of Year of Our Lord, a portrait of courage, acceptance and grace, rendered in the lyrical prose of T.R. Pearson and the haunting photographs of Langdon Clay.
Year of Our Lord is a visual journey, exploring one of the poorest parts of the American South, a place that economic progress has left behind. And it is a spiritual journey, a revelation of a community that has replaced the hope for earthly prosperity with an abundance of faith in God and the life beyond. The Delta’s is a culture that can look upon Lucas and say, “God doesn’t make a mistake.” It is a place that in the face of abject poverty can proclaim, life offers “too much joy!” Year of Our Lord, then, is an opportunity to see into another’s world, and to embrace the best of it.

Editorial Reviews

Sylvia Plachy
Lucas McCarty says, "I want them to know I’m not just a boy in a chair." We know. He sure isn’t. It’s a story beautifully told and photographed and with heart.
John Grisham
Tom Pearson’s unlikely journey into the troubled soul of the Mississippi Delta yields a story filled with compassion, tolerance, and hope. His travel mate is Lucas McCarty, a white boy damaged at birth. Lucas can’t speak but is always welcome in the choir of a black Pentecostal church where he is accepted without reservation. Author and subject form a unique friendship, one captured not only in Pearson’s elegant prose but also in the extraordinary photography of Langdon Clay
Morgan Freeman
It is a wonderful human story, deftly written and Langdon’s photography is so evocative it makes me homesick. A wonderful read, especially for those with roots in the Miss’ippi Delta.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012010193
Publisher:
Mockingbird Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
94
Sales rank:
856,441
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

T.R. Pearson is the author of a dozen novels, including A Short History of a Small Place and Blue Ridge, and four works of nonfiction. He lives in Virginia.

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