Life Is Gift

A Compilation of Essays About John Claypool

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church and Carolyn Sloss Ratliff have published a compilation of essays about John Rowan Claypool IV, well known and much loved minister, preacher, theologian, author, and teacher. The book entitled Life is Gift, Remembrances of John Rowan Claypool IV, includes ninety-nine stories written by Baptist preachers and Episcopal ministers from around the country, as well as church members, family, and friends. These authors tell their stories of Claypool’s journey as a rising star in the Baptist Church, the crushing loss of his 10 year old daughter to leukemia, his decision to change denominations and join the Episcopal Church, and his later years as Preaching Professor at McAfee School of Theology before he died of cancer in 2005. The many lives he touched and the comfort and love that he communicated to each person is found in these stories. Proceeds will benefit Saint Luke's Ministries, including the Claypool Lecture Series. Books are $35 each.

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