Griffith tells Frese's story

Oct 09, 2013

Gretchen Griffith will be visiting Waynesville at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Blue Ridge Books to talk about her book, "Called to the Mountains: The Story of Jean L. Frese."

Frese is a retired Salvation Army Major who served in several Haywood and Madison County communities through what became known as the Mountain Mission. She also was stationed for a few years during the 60s in Waynesville.

When Griffith was working on another book, "Lessons Learned: The Story of Pilot Mountain School," Frese began her campaign for Griffith, her cousin, to write her memoir.

"It is a compelling story, one of devotion to the mountain people in your area," Griffith said.

In her own words, retired Salvation Army Major Jean Lorraine Frese shares her life story and her call to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She invites the reader to travel with her into isolated hollows, laugh with her as she faces mountain traditions, and praise God with her as she recounts her years of spreading the gospel.

Through interviews and many pleasant hours spent with her cousin, author Gretchen Griffith gives a compelling account of Major Jean’s service in the mountain mission. The book offers a glimpse into a faith-filled world based on Christian dedication and love. Gretchen remembers listening to these tales as a child at Thanksgiving Day family gatherings and now has recorded them in Called to the Mountain as an honor to her family.

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