by Donnalynn Hess
JT Pace was a black sharecropper's son whose ingenuity and determination enabled him to build a successful life. But JT's ability to overcome adversity is only part of this story. Dust of the Earth is also about his pain. Success did not fill the emptiness in his heart, nor did it erase the shame he felt in hiding from others what he considered a humiliating secret: He could not read. This, then, is the story of JT's journey, a journey that eventually led him to Christ and created in him a burning desire that could not be quenched until he could read the Word of God for himself.