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Marshall pastor publishes book on Holy Spirit

By Cait Shields
Oct. 25, 2013 at 10 p.m.

<p>Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church pastor, Rev. James E. Webb, stands next to a sign of the cover of his book, Power Walk Through the Holy Spirit.</p>

A Marshall pastor has found another way to reach believers in East Texas.

Rev. James E. Webb, of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, recently published a devotional, "Power walk through the Holy Spirit."

"The book was written not only for new believers but for all believers," Webb said. "Whether you have been a believer or are just starting out, it should be beneficial to all who read it."

The premise of the book is developing a person's relationship to the Holy Spirit, providing "important and helpful guidance concerning the significance of the Holy Spirit in spiritual growth," according to the book.

"Power is an acrostic for prayer, obedience, worship, evangelism and reading the word of God," Webb said. "Each chapter addresses those."

Webb said he wrote the book to be "user friendly."

"The way it is written, you can open the book at any spot and still understand it," he said. "So if you have a problem with worship, you can just go to that chapter. Each chapter starts with a story that will get their attention.

"A lot of books put footnotes in the back but I put them right on that page so (readers) can see the scripture and reference to it, and see it's really supported by scripture," he said.

The book has already received support from the community.

"We've sold about 300 so far and we only received the books on Oct. 7. We're just beginning the process of publicizing.

"(The congregation) is really, really excited for this. This is only the second pastor to write a book in 146 years of the church," he said.

The self published book is the culmination of a decade of work.

"I've been working on the book for about 10 years," Webb said. "I was in school at ETBU doing my Certificate of Christian Ministry and God called me to start it then; I started and stopped (off and on) and then my wife encouraged me to move to the next level on it.

"It's a joy to see your work and have it in your hands and we give all the glory to God for what he's done," he said.

Webb said the desire to write this book came when he joined Bethesda.

"When I got to Bethesda I was looking for materials to use and there were a lot of books on prayer and a lot of books on evangelism," he said, "but some were denominational or were so technical that I understood them but not everyone would be able to."

Webb will hold a book signing on Nov. 2 at the church that is open to the community.

"There will be fellowship (at the book signing)," he said. "Rev. Lyons of Goodwill Baptist Church of Lufkin will give encouraging words to me as an author. We'll have refreshments. It will be come and go but (attendees) can ask me questions.

"I wanted to start in Marshall because that's where Bethesda is but in the future I'm going to have events in Longview and in the area."

The event will be from 2-4 p.m. and books will be available for purchase at the church or Webb will sign previously purchased copies.

"I smile about what God is about to do with people who surrender to him," Webb said. "There are a lot of people who struggle with their walk. I hope to (encourage) people to get more in tune to who he is."

The book is also available at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and authorhouse.com.

For more information visit bethesda-church-marshall.org, call Sharon Webb at (903) 643-2722 or follow @Bethesda801 on Twitter.

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