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Retired local minister contributes to 'Chicken Soup' book

A retired East County minister has a story in the latest “Chicken Soup for the Soul” edition, “The Power of Forgiveness.”

Charles HarrelRetired Assembly of God minister Charles Harrel has a piece on forgiveness in this latest anthology.Charles E. Harrel is a return writer for the Chicken Soup anthology series, available in area book stores. His work has appeared in four other Chicken Soup books.

His story, one of 101 tales in the newest anthology, speaks of childhood with his sister and a situation familiar to many readers, drawing a line down the middle of the back seat of the car to separate squabbling siblings.

An Oregonian for the past 38 years, Harrel was a minister for the Assemblies of God fellowship, serving congregations in California, Nevada and Oregon, with his wife, Laura.

He was assistant pastor at Sandy Assembly of God, and also taught and ministered at both Assembly of God churches in Gresham as well as Boring and Damascus. Portland Calvary Temple was the last church he served before stepping down to pursue inspirational writing.

His articles, stories and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, periodicals and books. His website is CharlesEarlHarrel.com, subtitled “The High Call of Writing.”

Harrel also enjoys camping, hiking and playing a 12-string acoustic guitar.

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