Three years ago, my wife Barbara and I published a new book, “The Mischievous Lives of Frank and Duck.” The book is about two young boys, my best friend, Frank Crowley, and I (“Duck”), growing up in Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Before Frank’s death in 2001, he and I had discussed that one or both of us should write a book about the many mischievous things we had done while growing up. Through the years, we had told our stories to our children and grandchildren, and they requested we record the accounts in a book. So I started this effort a few years ago, finally getting it published in May 2016.
I have received nothing but good reviews, and the most common statement from men is that they enjoyed it because it took them back to the days of their childhood. Not too long ago, a lady commented to me, “I enjoyed the book immensely, because it reminded me of what my brothers and I did when we were young.”
Another comment came from a younger mother, who said she was relieved when she read it because her young son was doing some similar things, and it was good to know that if you, being a minister, were full of mischief in those days, her son still has a chance to make it as well.
When my two sisters, Magilee and Shirley, read the book, they were amazed that Frank and I had done the things written. The main thing is that we were never arrested for breaking the law. For most of the things we did, all would say, “Boys will be boys.”
I primarily wrote the book for Frank’s family and my grandchildren. I admit some of the incidents recorded in the book were things we should not have done and would be considered sinful because we knew better. However, none were included in the book to lead a child to follow our example, but more to be a reminder that God forgives sin if we will only ask him.
There is an old hymn of the faith that asks the question, “Are you washed in the blood, the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? The answer is yes, and Frank and I were forgiven a long time ago for any sins that we may have committed.
The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23, NKJV) Nevertheless, when God saved us, we were forgiven of all the sins we had ever committed. From that day forward, we lived under the promise of our God’s word: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NKJV)
If you have not read the book, it is available at the Christian Supply Shoppe in Kannapolis. I recommend it also for the younger generation, but do not suggest they try to duplicate the antics that Frank and I did foolishly while experimenting with life at that time.