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Number of Pages: 52
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2004
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X .12 (inches)|
Author: James Bray Jr.
Located in: Carlinville Illinois
Submitted: November 12, 2004
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm married with two children. I am a member of Carlinville Southern Baptist Church where "Loving God and Loving People" is the mission of the church body. I'm am a member of the biology faculty at Blackburn college, one of the few remaining work colleges in the United States.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was lead by God to write this short book in hopes of reaching others with the message of Christian helping. In the spirit of this, one-half of all proceeds from this book will go directly to Carlinville Southern Baptist Church. We are in the process of planning a building to meet our ministry needs, the "Immeasurably More!" campaign, and I see this book as a vital part of this endeavor.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that people will take a moment to stop and remember to open the door for someone with a handful, leave a bigger tip or mow the neighbor's yard (just a few of the many possibilities). We should always keep in mind that our "gifts" of helping others is just one of the gifts given us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we are all blessed when we help others.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? As we say where I grew up (southern Arkansas), a major influence in my life is my "upbringing". I come from a giving family with many talents. My grandmother "Mena" was one of the first people to really tie in the gifts of God and how they apply to my everyday life. Although she left this world nearly ten years ago, she is still a strong influence in my life today. My wife is the most important earthly influence in my life today. She is a very strong, giving person with much to offer, which really inspired me to write. Our pastor Tim is also a great source of both influence and inspiration. We are closely connected with other church members in small groups and I recieve much inspiration from my fellow Christians. I have to list Rick Warren as my favorite author, I don't think I would have written this book without contemplating my purpose. I was also heavily influenced by the song "If We Are the Body" by Casting Crowns. This song sums up my purpose quite well!