“From Grandpa With Love”
A Collection of Later-in-Life Writings
Over the years, God has graciously allowed me to reach conclusions about some of the issues of life, and then pass them on to our family and circle of acquaintances through booklets and other writings. During the last few years these have been consolidated in a six volume series entitled From Grandpa With Love that can now be ordered from Amazon.com under my name, Marvin J. Martin. Set forth below are the titles of the books and their contents. Other writings will continue to be available free of charge on this website as noted at the end of this Home Page.
Volume I Four Generations A Journey Through Life
The series opens as “Grandpa” traces 85 years of life and concludes we are all on a common journey. As a result, many of us will have similar experiences at predictable times in our lives. In order to personalize the experience of having an “Adventure” to prepare us for the mature time of life, he includes a World War II Diary, describing his experience as a B-29 crew member who participated in the last bombing mission against Japan in 1945. Using a Biblical pattern of “sins” and “blessings” to the “third and fourth generation”, “Grandpa” divides life into four generations of about 25 years each. In Generation I, we “Learn”. In Generation II, we “Do”. In Generation III, we “Teach”. And in Generation IV, we “Finish”. Once that pattern becomes apparent, we begin to see a rhythm in our own life and in the life of history, that helps us see where we are, where we have been, where we are going—and how we can pass on more “blessings” to those who follow.
Volume II Faith A Foundation for Life
“Grandpa” next explores the subject of faith: the foundation for everything else we are and do in life, both now and for eternity. It opens and closes with some comments from a talk given to a group of college students, entitled From Grandpa With Love, which became a pseudonym for some of his writings and the title of this series. It contains the following writings:
Part I Good News!
Part II The Gospel—According to Whom?
Part III The New Testament Letters
Part IV Five Women in the Genealogy of Jesus
Part V Lessons I Learned From a Donkey
Part VI A New Song for Complainers
Part VII Turning the World Right Side Up
Part VIII Living in the Kingdom of God—Now!
Part IX Why Burial?
Volume III Marriage Sharing Life
Our third book discusses many of the experiences and conclusions God has given “Grandpa” in over 60 years of sharing life in the most intimate relationship ordained by God. In addition to personal anecdotes from his own life, he sets forth some of the biblical reasons for marriage as well as the biblical roles of husbands and wives, and closes with the loss of his own dear wife and the preparations and lessons he hopes will be helpful for others as they or their loved ones go through this beautiful but very stressful time. It contains the following writings:
Part I Why Marriage?
Part II Complete—Don’t Compete!
Part III Sixty Years of Marriage
Part IV Who Determines the Time to Leave?
Part V Saying Goodbye
Volume IV Vocation Our Life Work
“Grandpa” draws on over 40 years of representing law clients in personal and business matters, and gives some concrete ways he found to use our God given gifts and talents to project His Kingdom into the world around us. It contains the following writings:
Part I Trying to Do Right
Part II Resolving Disputes and Avoiding Litigation
Part III Harmony in the Work Place
Part IV Working With Words
Part V Ministering Free of Charge
Volume V Passing It On Investing in Lives
This book emphasizes the need and the opportunity we have to invest in other lives, both in our family and all our other relationships. Hopefully, walking through “Grandpa’s” observations and experiences over more than 90 years may help readers capture and better share the joy and fulfillment that results from seeing others experience the wondrous life God offers to everyone who is willing to receive it. It contains the following writings:
Part I What Am I Missing?
Part II From Grandpa With Love
Part III Discipling and Mentoring
Part IV Letters From Grandpa
Part V The Gift of “Receiving”
Part VI For Such A Time As This!
Part VII am I—?
Part VII Looking Forward With Hope!
Volume VI Time Looking Back at Life
Going My Way
A Time to Be Born—and Grow Up Age 0-16
A Time for War—and Peace Age 16-21
A Time to Choose—A Wife and Life Work Age 21-25
A Time to Begin—A Family and Law Practice Age 25-30
A Time to Make a Name—and Seek God Age 30-44
Going God’s Way
A Time to Receive—and Grow Up Age 44-60
A Time to Harvest—and Pass It On Age60-70
A Time to Get Ready—and Let Go Age70-85
Overtime Age 85-On
The purpose of all the books is first and foremost to convey what God has taught “Grandpa” about life on to the fourth generation (great grandchildren) in his own family. However, it is his hope that children and grandchildren everywhere, both now and in years to come, will enjoy taking “Grandpa” off the shelf and vicariously reliving some of his experiences and learning that may be meaningful as they come to their own choppy chapters in life.
Thanks for walking with me over the years. I have deeply appreciated your kind comments, cards and letters, which played a key role in encouraging me to continue. While it hasn’t been feasible to respond to each one, you have my sincere thanks.
God Bless You All!
From Grandpa With Love
Marvin J. Martin
From time to time, we also include in this website other booklets you may find of interest.
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From Grandpa With Love
Marvin J. Martin