By Karen O’Connor:
Beloved Christian pastor, professor, author and artist, Calvin Miller, passed away this month and will be missed.
My daughter Julie gave me a beautiful gift when I became a Christian thirty years ago. It was a copy of The Singer, a 1975 best-selling trilogy by pastor, professor, and author Calvin Miller, who died on August 19 from complications following open-heart surgery. As I look back on that time Julie gave me the book, I realize I was finding God in Calvin Miller. I never dreamed I would meet him in person many years later when he was the keynote speaker at a major writers’ conference.
Timothy George, dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, described Miller as a “troubadour, singing a love song to his Lord .”; “. . . he had a palpable love for Jesus Christ and his church,” George wrote, “and he will be greatly missed both here at Beeson (where Miller served for eight years) and throughout the Body of Christ.”
I recall Miller’s gentle humor, rich and personal writings, and his encouragement to live life to the fullest each day for we never know how much time we have here on Earth. In his later years he wrote Letters to Heaven, missives to people who have gone before him, including C.S. Lewis, Todd Beamer, and Johnny Cash.
Check out his website at calvinmillerauthor.com for more information about this amazing Christian and the books that changed the lives of many, including mine. A visit there may result in you too, finding God in Calvin Miller.
Enjoy this inspiring radio interview with Calvin Miller, posted on YouTube, about him and his book, Letters to Heaven.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on FB http://www.facebook.com/karen.p.oconnor or follow on Twitter @karenoconnor