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Separated at Birth By Charles Rodenbough
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Between 1993 and 2005 the author worked in Russia, Tajikistan, and Belarus for extended periods with different humanitarian projects through American Protestant denominations, chiefly Presbyterian... More > and Methodist,and the Russian Orthodox (Department of Education and Catechism, PIMEN, and Metropolitan Fileret of Belarus. This study of his experiences in travel and negotiations on these projects that involved: women's work in the church, departments of education, medical resources, relief distribution systems,inter-church dialogue, Orthodox study for Protestants, agricultural programs, building restoration, Moslem issues in Central Asia, Russian charity programs, Ecumenical programs between US and Russia, Freedom of Conscience legislation.The author discusses his personal Faith journey as an American layman as he enmeshed himself in the study of Orthodoxy and Russian history within the rapidly changing period of perestroika.He perceives a spiritual impulse for dialogue at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium.< Less
History of a Dream Deferred By Charles Rodenbough
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In 1728, William Byrd II led the Virginia delegation in running the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina. As a result of that survey he acquired 26,000 acres in North Carolina well... More > inland on the Dan River which he intended to colonize with sturdy European Protestants. He was unsuccessful, and through a chain of conflicting purposes among his descendants this patrimony remained undivided and unsold for nearly a hundred years and became the last large parcel of land opened to sale on the Carolina frontier. During that time the ownership became associated with the sugar plantations of Antigua, and with many of the more influential and colorful characters of the colonial and early national period. The vagaries of the slave trade in Africa, the Indies and Carolina can be examined in this story of Eden as well as the commercial network of Scottish traders,the social order of Philadelphia, and the dichotomy of Moravian ethics and ministry to slaves.< Less
What We Lost of the Greatest Generation By Charles Rodenbough
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A biography of Lt. Victor H. Idol, Jr., who was an American pilot shot down June 17, 1944 during the days of the Normandy Invasion. When he landed behind German lines, he was shot by the SS. His... More > story is typical of the men who lost their lives in that conflict and have become known as the "Greatest Generation." He enlisted before Pearl Harbor and his life ended just after his 24th birthday. The record takes him from his college days when he became a student pilot and through his military training. Out of England, he flew his Thunderbolt over the battlefields of Europe through the invasion of Normandy. He sought no glory. He served as his duty to the United States. His family suffered through the uncertainty of "Missing in Action" and the delayed grief of "Killed in Action." The Allies were victorious. The memorabilia of his life and service have been preserved by his family in his foot locker. Sixty nine years later, they have been archived at the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC).< Less
If The Lord Is Willing By Charles Rodenbough
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Historical novel based on life of Rev. David and Rachel Craighead Caldwell. His life spanned the Colonial period, Revolution, organization of a nation, and forty-five years of national independence... More > - ninety-nine years plus. On this stage of history he was a noted Presbyterian minister, Revolutionary, Constitutional delegate, pre-eminant educator, medical doctor, farmer, miller, and trained carpenter. He wasa friend and confidant of Governor Alexander Martin, Andrew Jackson, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and particularly of young men who would be the ministers, doctors and political leaders of the young nation. In everything his wife, Rechel Craighead, was his partner, lover, and sustainer.< Less

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