Currently The Leader's managing editor, Echo Day is an 11-year veteran of the paper.

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. 

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email