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From These Roots

Bringing Light, Hope, and Transformation to Atlanta's Inner City—A Journey of Two Brothers

Published by Maxwell Leadership
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

LIST PRICE ₹798.00


About The Book

Part memoir, part inspirational, Jeff Deel’s From These Roots tells of his sometimes michievous childhood as the son of a holiness preacher and the change of heart and events that led him as an adult to work alongside his brother, ministering to the lost and forgotten people of Atlanta’s inner city.

Through Jeff’s stories from his own past, along with those of the countless transformations he has witnessed at City of Refuge, readers will see how being a follower can be just as important as being a leader.

Jeff Deel has lived in the shadow of his older brother, Bruce, for his entire life. He wouldn’t have had it any other way. While being the sons of a holiness preacher, they still found ways to get into their fair share of mischief, with older brother Bruce taking on the role of “leader”—for better or worse. Yet Jeff never questioned his place as his brother’s follower and supporter—for better or worse.

Then came adulthood and Jeff’s turbulent search to find himself. Through a series of failed occupations and the desire to avoid ministry at all costs, Jeff was predictably led right back to his brother’s side. This time, instead of finding mischief, Jeff and Bruce worked together building the City of Refuge in Atlanta. Through their work, COR has welcomed thousands upon thousands of individuals who have found themselves in dire straits, whether as victims of abuse and sex trafficking, or as people whose own choices have thrust them to rock bottom.

Jeff and Bruce have found their experience watching their parents minister to the least of these and teaching them what it means to offer a person dignity, love, and hope, prepared them more than they ever could have realized.

About The Author

Jeff Deel grew up as the son of a holiness preacher in southwest and central Virginia. He attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, earning a degree in English. He accepted a position as a high school English and history teacher but eventually followed in the footsteps of his father and older brother Bruce and entered the ministry. He has served as a youth pastor, family ministries director, and missionary to Jamaica. In 1998, Jeff began assisting Bruce in a new work in Atlanta, which became the thriving inner-city operation, City of Refuge. 

For the past twenty-five years, Jeff has worked alongside his brother in their efforts to bring Light, Hope, and Transformation to individuals in crisis. In 2022, he left the Atlanta campus to become executive director of City of Refuge South, a satellite of COR Atlanta, which includes a church, community outreach programs, addiction recovery referral/placement services, and a farm with an equestrian center, animal sanctuary, petting farm, pecan orchard, organic garden, and event business.

Jeff and his wife, Tracy, live on a farm in Williamson, Georgia, with their dogs and farm animals. His life centers around his children, grandchildren, doing the work of City of Refuge, and writing stories. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Maxwell Leadership (February 20, 2024)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9798887102733

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