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New book offers strength for life’s daily problems
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TRINITY – Providing a journal of daily spiritual messages designed to provide strength and encouragement is the purpose behind a new book published by a local pastor. Compass Points for Daily Living by the Rev. A. Leroy Brown is now available and some of the author’s friends have arranged book signing events to help local residents obtain copies. Brown, who retired as the pastor of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in 2005, will be at the Trinity Café on Robb Street (Highway 19) next week for two signing dates. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, he will be at the café from noon until 2 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 14, he will be there from 5-7 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and he will be available to autograph them. The book is a collection of Brown’s weekly columns, which have appeared in The Trinity Standard for the past eight years. The “Ecumenically Speaking” column carries spiritual messages related to Brown’s day-to-day experiences. “It occurred to me that the same problems that I face are being faced by others just about every day,” he said. They also were encountered by those in ancient times and the writers of the Bible have things to say about these trials and how to overcome them. Brown said he has worked to combine these Biblical messages with the modern problems so that others can see that God has set forth a path that can help them in their day to day lives. Arranged like a daily journal, each page presents one of Brown’s columns designed to tackle various issues. For instance, the book starts with a reading for Jan. 1 dealing with the topic of “Starting Over...” Other daily topics include “Fatherhood…,” “Careful What You Say…,” “A Guilty Conscience…,” “Call on Me…” and others. In each, Brown uses his personal experiences combined with passages of scripture, to help point to solutions. “In writing these articles, I used things that actually happened to me in my daily life and placed them in a spiritual context. If I can make this connection, others can too because God wants us to think in a spiritual way,” he said. Brown served as the pastor at Dorcas Wills for 22 years prior to his retirement in 2005. He also continues to serve as the pastor of the Chapel in the Pines at Westwood Shores. Copies of Compass Points are currently available at The Trinity Standard, Trinity Cleaners, Wildwood Florist, the Westwood Shores Marina Village and the Trinity Pines Encampment bookstore.