Saturday, April 26, 2008

Fayette County Library Hosts “Christian Writers Fair”

Acclaimed Christian fiction author Gilbert Morris will deliver the keynote speech for the Fayette County Public Library’s “Christian Writers Fair” on Saturday, May 3. The event begins at 1:00 p.m., and also features eight local Christian writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Each author will give a presentation, answer audience questions, and sign books. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments to be served.

Gilbert Morris is a prolific and bestselling author of over 20 different series of fiction for adults, teens, and children, as well as numerous stand-alone fiction titles. His writings span many genres, but always remain true to a Christian theme. An ordained Baptist minister, Morris says, “I am an avid reader of popular fiction—mystery, detective, western, and suspense. It is my ambition to write many novels with just a touch of the Christian viewpoint.” His many fans agree that, in his long career, he has succeeded in this goal. His 2000 novel “Edge of Honor” received a Christy Award; among his many popular series are “House of Winslow,” “American Odyssey,” and “The Appomattox Saga.”

Dale Cramer, a resident of Henry County whose novels “Levi’s Will” and “Bad Ground” both garnered Christy Awards, says, “I believe God is endlessly interesting, surprising and mysterious, I believe we are the arms of God, and I believe the forgiven have an obligation to forgive.” From this starting point, he writes novels of human struggle and redemption, with strong characters and imaginative plotting.

Barbara Cunningham is a minister and teacher whose mission is to educate people to help themselves. A Fayetteville resident, Cunningham is the pastor of The Living Truth Center of Christ in Stone Mountain. Her book, “I AM Consciousness of Being” instructs the reader to see beyond the physical, prompting those seeking spiritual liberation through the Divine Messenger to explore their inner dimension.

Rose Marie Harper is co-founder—with her late husband Dr. Byron Harper, Jr.—of Christian City, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization in Union City that provides affordable residential, health and social services primarily to children, the aged, and the infirm. Mrs. Harper has written the “Legacy” series of historical fiction books, inspired by her own family history.

Mamie Harris, a resident of Fayetteville, is the founder and senior pastor of the New Generation Christian Fellowship Church in Griffin. Her book, “Detour to Destiny,” is a message from the perspective of a pastor’s widow. It illustrates the real life obstacles that we face from day to day with realism and transparency.

Vickie Keyes, a homeschooling mom and mentor in a local congregation for women, cherishes most being able to encourage women to move beyond energy-restricting life issues. In her book, “Overcoming the Issues of Life,” she shares stories and insights to heighten the faith of others.
Jimmie Lucas wrote “Custom-Built by God” to motivate and inspire readers to understand their uniqueness and fulfill the purpose for their God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Lucas is president and founder of Voice Of Light International Ministries, and CEO of Maximum Output Leadership Organization.

Creston Mapes provides fiction lovers with exciting, page-turning reads that will draw them to a better understanding of God’s unconditional love. His latest novel, “Nobody,” is a gritty tale about a homeless murder, packed with intrigue, mystery, suspense and a touch of romance.
Tammy Melton is a Christian speaker, author, and the founder of Legacy Ministries for Christ in Fayetteville. Her book, “Loving God with All Five Senses” conveys the message that God delights in satisfying our deepest longings—even beyond the desires of the five senses.

The free public event is sponsored by the Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. A reception will follow including talks with the authors, a book signing—books available for purchase—and light refreshments. Proceeds from books sold benefit the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library.The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.

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