Rendezvous In Paris is a series of practical devotionals and personal meditations written by a Maine pastor as he traveled to the Charles De Gaulle Aero port to meet his daughter who was returning home sick from a summer missionary trip to Togo, West Africa. As he traveled on buses and planes through forty hours of wondering why, this pastor was inspired by everything from a fly on the flight to the plight the world was in during the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The book includes the opinions and observations of a tourist in France and the spiritual insights he drew from the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Parc Du Champ De Mars. Traveling just weeks before 9-11, there are also some considerations on just what happened and how it happened that terrorists were able to get through national security and attack the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The book also includes the miraculous events required to take this trip, the ultimate purpose of God when He calls us suddenly out of our "comfort zone," and the blessings and pleasures that come by "letting go and letting God." On a personal note, this group of short stories reveals the deep emotion and loving connection between a father and his daughter and the extraordinary adventure they shared together in a day in Paris!
Barry Blackstone is the Pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ellsworth, Maine. A native of northern Maine, Blackstone has pastored four rural "country" churches over the past thirty-seven years. He is the author of Though None Go With Me. This will be his second published book.