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Gathering Jewels now available for Georgia readers


Bertie Mae Garrett has traveled the world for missions. Now she wants to share those experiences with others.

Garrett, who lives outside of Eastman, has just published her second book titled Gathering Jewels. It follows Chug Chug Lady from Georgia, which chronicled her adventures around the world in 990 days as a 48-year-old Peace Corps volunteer.

Jewels picks up where her Peace Corps venture ended and highlights 34 years as a summer missionary to 37 countries. Her theme is discussing remote locales “where people have so little and we have so much.” She begins the book with a 1969 trip to Alaska and concludes with a 2003 venture to Russia.

Garrett’s lifelong motto is “Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy,” and her call to missions is woven throughout the 603 pages.

The book is as much travelogue as devotional guide. Garrett, now in her 80s, discusses hardships and joys along the way in the style of a personal journal with spiritual insight.

Jewels is available in area Christian stores and libraries.