Billy Gray’s life — the good and bad

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Billy Gray preached on a recent Sunday at The Gathering in Sandestin.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

As Billy Gray’s life changed from a prosecutor to a prisoner to a preacher, his priorities were transformed from those of the world to those of God.

As an older person, Gray told The Sun he often contemplates how much times have changed. Movie previews, for instance, are violent and laced with profanity or sexually inappropriate.

Gray hopes his new book, “A Life Lived (The Good and Bad),” will illustrate a simpler time, perhaps reminiscent of days gone by, with T.V. shows from the 50s and 60s like Father Knows Best, Andy Griffith and the Ponderosa.

“But primarily its intent is to show that good is triumphant over evil,” he said. “Although we must pay the cost for our mistakes, there is a generous God willing to give us a mulligan, a second chance.”

The book was time consuming and labor intense for Gray to write. Although a short book, 60 pages, it took him two years to finish. Some funny stories, some sad, but all lead to the fact that good (God) triumphs over evil.

“I still write in long hand on a legal pad,” he said. “As I look back, these stories were written over a two-year period on three continents and two states.

 “Tell Me a Story Big Poppa was written in North Carolina as I sat on the porch and visually inhaled the beauty of the great Smoky Mountains. My mind flashed back, remembering a handy man who brought much joy to the Gray family.

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