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2013-02-21 / Church

Book Signing at First Baptist

First Baptist Church is hosting a community-wide book signing celebrating the release of Pastor Gary Roe’s first two books. The event will occur this Sunday, February 24 beginning at 1pm at First Baptist’s Youth Activity Center. Everyone is welcome.

Gary is also the Chaplain for SouthernCare Hospice in College Station and has been writing for the Lexington Leader since the summer of 2011. Both his books are co-authored with New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey (90 Minutes in Heaven and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story). Gary met Cecil at a writing conference in Seattle a number of years ago and they have been good friends ever since.

Harvest House Publishers released the first book, Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One, on February 1. Saying Goodbye is a beautifully illustrated gift book that draws from Gary’s experience as a hospice chaplain. “Actually, my Lexington Leader columns led to this book. I sent the first set of articles to Cecil for feedback. He contacted me and said, ‘I have an idea. Why don’t we write a book to help those who are facing the loss of a loved one, using stories like these?’ Within weeks, we had a contract and began writing.”

Saying Goodbye is small and easy to read. It is warm, personal, and very practical. Losing a loved one is a difficult, often traumatic experience. What should I expect? How do I get through this? What should I be doing now? I believe it is possible to go through this process in a proactive and loving way, with a minimum of regret.”

“Everyone knows someone who is dying, or knows someone who does.” Gary continued. “Instead of dreading the loss of a loved one, what if we focused on preparing ourselves to say goodbye? Many hospice families have shown me that the dying process, well handled, can be filled with joy, laughter, appreciation, forgiveness, and love deeper than they could have imagined. We want that for more people. We’re eager to get this book into the hands of those who need it.”

Gary’s second book, Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, will be released by Kregel Publishing on March 1. “This is a subject that has been in the media for over the past year, ever since the Penn State scandal,” he said. “The statistics are shocking: one in four women and one in six men are sexually abused before the age of 18. Sexual abuse touches the individual at the core of their being, skewing their view of others, God, and the world. The impact on our families, churches, communities, and society is massive.”

“Cecil and I are both survivors. We speak candidly about the issues we have been through and most male survivors face. We are committed to healing, and challenge other men to come along with us.” Gary thinks that though the book is written for men, it will be helpful for women also. “The book will help ladies understand male survivors better. If she herself is a survivor, many chapters will relate to her as well.”

Gary admits it’s an ugly, painful subject. “But it’s also real. It’s common. Pervasive. Survivors can begin to heal, and we must all begin to stand against this great evil.”

At the book signing event, a snippet from both books will be read. Saying Goodbye will be available for purchase. Each copy will be personally signed by Gary. Orders for Not Quite Healed, which he will sign and distribute soon after it is released March 1, will be taken. Both books are also available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and cbd.com .

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