Elizabeth Shoumatoff was the Russian artist who was painting the portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he died in Warm Springs, Ga., April 12, 1945. She had an interesting story in her own life. Born to an aristocratic family, she had escaped from Russia just before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. When Shoumatoff arrived in the United States, she had almost nothing, but her talent for painting soon put her in contact with well-known clients. She said of coming to America, “It is quite an experience to find oneself in a new country with nothing! It is a strange sensation, a sort of lightness. It’s a great privilege to be deprived of all one’s possessions.”

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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