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C.B. Skelton Pens Lightly Veiled Autobiographical Novel

The retired physician’s story proves in a humorous way that even birth defects can serve as part of God’s divine plan.


An enlightening story of God’s enduring love – and His sense of humor

Congenital deformities cause people to ask why or how could a loving, all-powerful God allow imperfections to exist. They should know, however, that He mercifully works to redeem painful circumstances and uses for good what appears to be embarrassing or intended for evil. Retired family physician and author C.B. Skelton drives home a point with his only slightly veiled autobiographical novel “Rock: Further Proof of God’s Sense of Humor” (ReadersMagnet; 2018).

The novel tells about the life and experiences of the titular character, who is born “large, redheaded and with a seemingly meaningless deformity” to a Georgia tenant farmer. As a young boy, the redheaded and freckle-faced Rock excels in the classroom but hates recess with its endless confrontations. He cannot hold his own in athletic contests or pugilistic encounters with classmates.

But despite growing up with terribly low self-esteem and lack of physical prowess and athletic ability, he finds a purpose in life. Inspired by his brother’s response to the call to serve as a missionary in Africa, Rock decides, though illogically, to pursue the medical path to become a medical missionary.

Rock hopes that God would join him in his self-appointed journey into missionary service. He does not doubt the genuineness of his call into medicine, knowing his “calling” has to be different from that of his brother; however, he has yet to know the difficulties that lie ahead of him. It is the time of the Great Depression and there is a looming war, plus the draft that comes with it, in which Rock’s unnamed deformity would play a huge part.

“Rock: Further Proof of God’s Sense of Humor” abound with themes of faith, choice, patriotism, and randomness of life. Rock’s story proves that God works in one’s weakness and limitation to remind readers that their lives depend on God – and that He does have a sense of humor.

Follow Rock’s interesting story in C.B. Skelton’s “Rock: Further Proof of God’s Sense of Humor.” Grab a copy through Amazon (

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