Murray Slaughter was my favorite character on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and I was excited to see him as Capt. Stubing, the wise and witty father figure on “The Love Boat”. Gavin MacLeod knew when he was four years old that he wanted to be in show business, but how would a young man from Pleasantville with no connection to Hollywood or Broadway ever make it? He knew he had talent. He also had faith. God has blessed him over the years as doors closed and opened throughout his life. In “This is Your Captain Speaking”, MacLeod recalls the highlights of his life including growing up in Pleasantville and meeting a variety of movie and television stars and all of the roles he has played.
Even though MacLeod is a star in his own right, he still gets all starry-eyed over meeting other famous people. There is no doubt that it comes out of his humility, but the continuous discussion of how famous everyone he met was made his story a little monotonous. It was entertaining and I enjoyed hearing his story.
The weaving of his faith and how it affected his life redeemed his book. At one point in his life, he turned away from living a Christian life. He divorced his just wife and remarried. He divorced his second wife and became comfortable with his single life. After he witnessed the change in his wife after she became a Christian and coming face to face with the emptiness in his life, he prayed and offered his life to Jesus. Afterwards, he began to find meaning in his life, remarried his wife and together they have worked hard to bring the joy of Jesus to others. Though sometimes the book gets bogged down with the details, the story of MacLeod’s life is inspiring and encouraging. He has made mistakes in his life, but God redeemed his life.
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