I referenced the sermon What Love Can Do earlier this week in a post. Besides being a sermon from CPC Oveido, which is in my podcast feed, the title caught my eye because it reminded me of a book by the same name.
What Love Can Do the book was brought to publication by a great deal of effort by my aunt Gayle Nolan. She taught college for many years in New Orleans, and the manuscript was brought to her by one of her students. It had been written by her father, Arthur Miller, during the 15 minute breaks he had at work at the Cabildo. Aunt Gayle had a copy of the original manuscript, which was providential — the original hand-written memoir was lost when Hurricane Katrina flooded Arthur Mitchell’s home in the lower ninth ward. This book is a collection of stories passed down through his family, from capture by slavers in Africa, through years on a plantation in Louisiana, and then after emancipation.
We share our stories — to understand one another and to be understood. This book is worth reading, to get a glimpse of what love really can do.