Shall we attempt to save the mother or the unborn child That was the question facing the frightened parents and two doctors called to help with the complicated home birth in rural southern Louisiana. By the grace of God, both mother and child-Minton Oliver Newman-survived. The sturdy red oak tree sheltering the humble little house became for Minton a symbol of God's presence and strength, serving as both comfort and inspiration throughout his life. Eighty years later, Minton has completed this autobiography, moving from memories of his hardworking parents to his most cherished legacy: his large, loving family. Along the way, he recalls his rise from farm boy to college graduate, a thirty-year career in the air force plus fifteen more as an educator, and finally a busy and fulfilling retirement. A lifelong Christian, Minton is quick to credit God with his personal and professional success. Photos and details bring Minton's story to life, evoking a sense of place and time, events and loved ones. Yet this is more than a collection of facts or a list of one man's accomplishments. Minton is not afraid to engage in serious reflection or to be honest about his feelings, such as the pain of losing his wife of fifty-three years and an adult son four years later, and the joy of discovering love again. It is this very humanness, and his love for family and God, that make this memoir such a treasure.