“Even though I would do writing with the kids [as an English teacher], I really didn’t write as a hobby,” Mitchell, who now teaches science at Coosa Middle School, said. “When I left [AHS in 2002], I started doing a lot of fishing and at the end of one year I had kept fishing journals, and what I ended up doing was contacting my local papers, I live just over the [state] line to Alabama, about seeing if [the journals] would help other fishermen and [the publications] wanted them.”
His journals, formed into the column titled, “Bass Ackwards,” went over so well, Mitchell said, that he began writing feature articles for local newspapers. Mitchell said he came up with the idea for “Blessed are the Meek” while writing his journals and features.
“I was sitting in church, about the third row, and I had my cellphone in my pocket and I thought, ‘Oh, no, I hope this cellphone doesn’t go off,’ and so I stuck my hand in my pocket and cut it off but that kind of got my mind to going, ‘What would happen if you got a cellphone call in church and what if it was God calling and nobody believed you?’” Mitchell said.
The book can be purchased at Amazon.com. The website provides the following synopsis of “Blessed are the Meek”: “God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. He came to Joseph in a dream. God contacts teacher Ronnie Meek — with a text message. Inspired by a few simple words, Ronnie’s life takes an evangelical turn, one that converts his classroom into a pulpit. That’s when Ronnie Meek’s world crumbles. The principal wants him fired. His wife is about to leave him. Then his father has a stroke.
“There’s no reason to think that Ronnie will prevail, except for one fact. God is on his side. In “Blessed are the Meek,” a Christian fiction set in the Deep South, Principal Jerry Beam has a very despicable plan. To lure an all-state quarterback to Bethel High, Beam offers the athlete’s father a job, one he doesn’t have to give. To make room on staff, Beam picks his most timid, unremarkable teacher to bully into a resignation — Ronnie Meek.
“‘Blessed are the Meek’ speaks to the South’s struggle in prioritizing its two passions — football and God. Even more importantly, the novel chronicles the plight of a Christian public school teacher, muted by the principle that prevents him from teaching life’s most important lesson — salvation through Jesus Christ.”