The Way Back to Mayberry: Lessons from a Simpler Time

The Way Back to Mayberry: Lessons from a Simpler Time

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"Everything I know about life, I learned from The Andy Griffith Show," says Joey Fann, author of The Way Back to Mayberry and founder of

Millions would agree. Many factors contribute to the continued worldwide success of the television classic that made a smalltown sheriff, his son Opie, Aunt Bea, and a comedic deputy famous. Fans know the most important element of this popularity is the program's emphasis on basic moral principles; almost every episode provides a lesson, a good example, or helpful word. 

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show, this new edition of The Way Back to Mayberry draws out the subtle parables found in thirty favorite episodes, including "Opie's Charity," "Man in a Hurry," "Andy on Trial," "Barney and the Choir," "Deputy Otis," "The Jinx," "Sermon for Today," and "Christmas Story." Also includes 32 black & white photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433672873
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joey Fann began teaching classes based on the values and ideals depicted in The Andy Griffith Show in 1998. Since that time his material has received media attention from The Washington Post, USA Weekend, People magazine, and various television networks. Joey currently works as a software engineer in Huntsville, Alabama, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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The Way Back to Mayberry: Lessons from a Simpler Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about the underlying values from Mayberry. There are many personal stories by the author, and the book will make you appreciate the Andy Griffith show in a new light. This book brought back a lot of good memories!!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Most of us have grown up at some point in time watching The Andy Griffith Show or have at least heard about it. Some of us, like myself, are still searching for their version of Mayberry, a town where people truly care about one another, family values are more important than the gossip, and where life just seems a whole lot more simple. Joey Fann, is the author of a new book entitled, The Way Back To Mayberry: Lessons from A Simpler Time, a unique look into the episodes of the classic Andy Griffith show that when mirrored with scripture from the Bible, gives us a modern day look at just how to apply those to our lives. Here are just a few of the tidbit's I gleaned much wisdom from: "I've learned that bad things will happen to us in this life, but the issue is not the tragedy itself; it's how we respond. To some extent, we do have a choice. We can choose to get bitter or to get better. This is from an episode "Andy Forecloses", and relates to an episode in which Lester Scobey has fallen on hard times and Andy is asked by the rental manager to evict the family. Seems like a life lesson we can all learn from even today. The scripture reference to this particular chapter is from Matthew 17:20 "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Each chapter is dedicated to a specific episode that opens first with Biblical Scripture. Perhaps it's one you've read for quite some time, but when placed next to an episode from the Andy Griffith Show, you can see how it can be taken quite literally. Along with the chapter comes the authors own personal experience in how this has worked in his own life and what he has taken away from it. These episodes can still be found on YouTube for free but the book is now used in Bible Study's in churches all over to teach the valuable lessons we can all learn from. Even reading this last night, I found myself watching the show and seeing how the author ties it all together so well. Even my husband and I laughed watching the simplicity of the characters on the show, from fun-loving Barney Fiff, to the compassionate sheriff Andy who always had the love for his fellow man close at hand, something we can all learn from even today. I received this book compliments of B & H Publishing Group courtesy of Net Galley for my honest review and really loved the wholesome message that is contained in each chapter along with pictures of the characters we've have come to love and adore from the show. This really would make a great Bible Study for small groups and even teens who are getting an opportunity to see these episodes with new eyes in this generation. I rate this book a family-filled 5 out of 5 stars! For those of you that love television with a great message, this book is the perfect companion.
MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
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.
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
It's a good book about a good TV program that aired in a good time. There are lots of good stories about basically good people learning some good lessons to live by. I grew up during the Mayberry RFD/Andy Griffith Show era. I think I've seen nearly every episode. It was a good program. Fann stirred up ltos of memories in recounting many episodes of the TV program. Using various characters and situations, he draws analogies and lessons for life and how to live a good, decent, moral life. This is not a bad book. However, I missed the gospel in The Way Back To Mayberry. God is spoken of (more in terms of His desire for us to live a good life); Christ is mentioned (more in terms of the teachings for living), but the fact of Christ's coming to die for the sins of man so we might live a life pleasing to God is sadly almost entirely missing. Perhaps it was implied; but it's troubling to only imply the gospel when stressing the desirability of living a simple and good life - back in Mayberry. A mature Christian will find this of some sentimental value, but too shallow for any real impact. A young Christian might enjoy the simplicity portrayed, giving a goal to shoot for, but no real help in how to actually live this way - other than to "go back to Mayberry." I would even consider it a dangerous book in the hands of unbelievers. They are going to be told "God smiles on Mayberry. Live like they did on a TV show and you'll be okay in My eyes." They will not be told, even in the midst of what are clearly decent moral principles - you need to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I have a difficult time recommending this book for serious readers. If you just want a fond trip down memory lane, however, read and enjoy. It does a good job of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author combines TV episodes with quotes from the Bible, along with the authors personal life experiences related to that certain episode. Only about one third of the book is about Mayberry and it's charactors. I would not recommend this book unless you're a preacher or a J. Witness.