Shades of Pale Tablescape

I recently met a new author.

A Ghostly Shade of Pale, a novel by Merle Temple.

Bookstack for Tablescape

A story about Michael – Merle himself, really, as a secret narcotics agent in the 70’s.

A fictional story based on truth – truth of Merle Temple’s real years of fighting the ever-growing drug trade in our state of Mississippi.

Book Stack Center Piece

Little did our United States government know that it would not be snuffed out with seemingly small efforts on their part but life-sacrificing work on the part of special agents,

…maneuvering through channels toward the ultimate dealer.

Full Table View

Death narrowly escaped him often.

Truth Told of History

How many of us would put ourselves in harm’s way, in secret, to be slaughtered by our wayward citizens?

…Our remains never to be found by anyone.

Centerpiece Collection

Meeting in secret.

Candle Lit Room

Which side are they on?

Questions.  Who holds the key – to the truth?

Newspaper Articles

Always questions.

Time of Meeting

What’s really going on here?

Who is packing heat?

Which one will use it?

Place Setting

A story of intrigue but truth.  His work covered areas around my home in South Mississippi and HH’s home in North Mississippi.

…We were oblivious to it.

Bookjacket Place Mat

University students, each at opposing schools.  Happy campus life.  Avoiding the drug scene (by the grace of God!).

Saved by prayers of others.  My grandmother comes to mind.

Her Bible.

Mammau's Bible

Her hand-scribbled notes.

Hand-written Notes

God’s Word brings Truth…and light…and clarity.  No more pale.

Holy Bible Opens Light

God’s Word drives away darkness and evil.

Every time.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

If you’re interested in reading this fascinating book, click the picture link* below and visit A Ghostly Shade of Pale at

Have you read any good books lately?  Life-changing stories, stories told to spread light into the darkness?

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  1. says

    Hi Kim,
    This is a very creative tablescape and that book sounds so interesting. My husband has been watching something on Netflix about someone manufacturing meth. I only look up from time to time to see unbelievable and gory stuff. It’s so scary! I love how you captured the plume of smoke from the candle in one of your photos!
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    • Kim says

      Thank you, Jane. It is really a dark world in comparison to the light, isn’t it? I appreciate your thoughts!

  2. Rhonda Allred says

    Kim, That table scape is one of the neatest ideas I have ever seen. It just radiates literary and the title to the book too. BUT, even more neat is how you tied it in to greatest book of all time, God’s Word and the truths found therein. I’m sure our LORD is smiling at His daughter Kim. Blessings, Rhonda

    • Kim says

      Thank you, Rhonda. The Lord is my rock! He is carefully meeting our needs this week. Tune in Sunday…

  3. says

    I really enjoyed seeing & hearing about this book. Your post was wonderful. You brought in a little light where there may be darkness……..We need to share God’s word whenever we can! BRAVO!
    Blessings My Friend,

    • Kim says

      Yes, Alycia. I used to be in a book club, so that was on my mind, too. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  4. Libba Criddle says

    Enjoyed your post and the table setting. We have the book of Merle Temple’s but have barely started reading it. It’s hard to put down, especially since so much of it relates to our area. Hate we weren’t able to hear him speak at JOY that night.

  5. Libba Criddle says

    Sorry we didn’t get to hear him speak at JOY. We do have the book and have started reading it. It’s hard to put down, especially since much of it happened right in this area. I love your table display.

    • Kim says

      Awe, thank you, Jenna! It felt sort of strange having such darkness in the spring time, but it is what it is. What can I say? Thanks for your encouragement.