On Saturday, April 28, local author and businessman Winston Howard will be participating in the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center's annual Author's Day Celebration.
Howard works at Hamilton-Ryker and, last summer, had his first book published. "Being A B.A.D. Christian is the Only Way to Be!" is a collection of stories he would like to be a life-transforming testimony for his readers as well as scripture and prayer to help his audience embrace the attitude of being a born-again disciple of Christ.
Here's what Howard said about writing the book and how it helped with his faith.
Q: What prompted you to write the book?
A: I was studying the Gospel of John, in particular the story about Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus where Jesus tells him that he must be born again. I’ve been told that I have a very different way of teaching the Bible to people in a way that they have never heard. A way that makes the scriptures “real” to them. So with this as my foundation and my zeal for teaching the Word of God, I felt I was guided by the Holy Spirit to pen a book that would allow people I’ve never met to experience God’s word just the way I would deliver it without them sitting in my classroom.
Q: How long did it take?
A: I started working on the book in July of 2016, starting and stopping, waiting for the Holy Spirit to guide my pen. I published it a little over one year later on my birthday, July 4, 2017.
Q: What was the best part of writing it?
A: The connection with the Holy Spirit. When I re-committed my life to Jesus back in 1999 I felt a closeness to Jesus and people would say they could see it in my walk and my talk. But like many of us, just because your are a Born Again Disciple or B.A.D. Christian, doesn’t mean that you have it all together. I found myself still believing but drifting away spiritually. Writing this book brought back that passion much like a car battery that needs re-charging. It re-charged me!
Q: What's your favorite part of the book?
A: It’s hard to just pick one because all of the chapters are chapters in my life. But if I have to pick one, I would say Chapter 2, “We are here for a reason.” In this chapter, I tell the seemingly impossible but real life story of how myself and three friends were spared from a crash on a one-lane dirt road with a cliff on one side, tall pine trees on the other and a fully loaded logging truck coming right at us. I’m here to tell the story so obviously we made it out of what seemed like a doomsday situation, but…you’ll have to get the book to find out what happened.
Q: How did writing the book help with your faith?
A: If feel a closeness to Jesus that I once felt but was slipping away from me. Writing this book challenged me to look deep inside myself and connect with Jesus in a way that when people read the book and may have experienced something similar, they will have a guide to help them live in their own purpose. For this reason, I end every chapter in the book with a personal prayer about that particular chapter and I’ve even included a chapter dedicated to prayers and testimony of friends and family members.
Q: What are your upcoming events?
A: I have a scheduled book sale and signing at Dagen’s Living Water Christian Bookstore, 4952 Navy Road, Millington, TN on Saturday May 12, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m. and of course I’m doing what I was called to do and that is teach the word of God to young adults ages 18 – 34 every Sunday at Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 98 E. Kenwood, Brighton beginning at 9 a.m.
Meet Howard Saturday at the Alex Haley Museum in Henning. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m.