Each week we highlight one of our exceptional self-publishing authors and this week we turn our attention to William Guthrie. William has published four titles with Outskirts Press and, throughout his body of work, speaks to matters of the heart. He weaves his unique voice with wisdom that comes from experience and devotion to provide greater understanding to his readers. Learn more about William and his work through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William Guthrie is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task.
Transformed and Renewed:
The True Story of a Pastor’s Struggle with Depression
All too often I have gone to clergy conferences where the mere subject of “Clergy Wellness” is treated with dispassionate academic abandonment. It might have been a college course entitled “Clergy Wellness 101.” For the first time I have come across a read…indeed a position that treats the “cause and effect” elements of the problem with passionate understanding and grace. Our brother, William Guthrie, a devoted priest of the church, seeks healing and wholeness for us all. He understands, more than most, that physicians are indeed capable of healing themselves when they acknowledge that we all have an illness of some sort which keeps us from being effective tools of grace for the Holy Spirit. His honesty and forthrightness give us hope that we may have healing in the body at last! ~The Rev. Dr. C. David Williams, Retired Dean, Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral, Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey. Depression is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people. In “Transformed and Renewed,” William Guthrie offers fellow clergy a safe space to face this condition in a spirit of hope and acceptance. This is an important resource to help change the mindset of the community as to how we all can provide support for pastors in distress. ~John E. Harris, Jr., National President, Union of Black Episcopalians.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 94 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 29, 2012)
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / General
“Whenever effective preaching is done, three acts of “exegesis” are operative. There is the responsible exegesis of biblical texts, drawing from the words of scripture a word for the contemporary church. There is the exegesis of day to day life, where one “reads” the human situation with wisdom, strength, and honesty. Lastly, there is the exegetical witness of the preacher who from the riches of his or her own personal experience dares to proclaim good news to those who hunger for it. In his collection of sermons, Speaking Truth to Power, William Guthrie has brought these three acts together in a compelling and dramatic manner as he lets us hear in his own voice the Old and New Testaments speaking to the varied seasons of human life.” ~The Reverend Canon Lloyd Alexander Lewis, PhD, DD, Downs Professor of New Testament Emeritus, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia; and Canon Theologian to the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island “From his rich experience as a priest in Guyana, Virginia, California and New Jersey, Father William Guthrie gives us reflections on the gospel’s relevance to public life, private morality and personal hope with a crisp particularity and keen observations on the range of human experience.” ~The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, MDiv, DD, Bishop of Virginia (Retired), Provisional Bishop of East North Carolina
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 397 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 30, 2015)
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Preaching
David and Jonathan—The Tale of Two Friends by William Guthrie bridges a divide of thousands of years, from friendship rehearsed in oral tradition to friendship rehearsed on Facebook but always the same in essence, i.e., friendship. In a world of greater isolation where individuals spend so much time by themselves in front of computers, it is refreshing and life-giving to see the banner of friendship raised high and promoted. This book has the potential of propelling people into deeper satisfaction and even deeper meaning in their lives. ~The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, D.D. 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California President and Founder of the United Religions Initiative This is indeed a timely undertaking to celebrate life-enhancing friend-ships. Fr. Guthrie is to be applauded for making such a passionate point that wholesome, platonic relationships are vital for all human beings, especially for alienated young men at this time. From my experience as a pastoral counselor for more than twenty-five years, I can wholeheartedly support his well presented arguments that there is a great need for more spiritually nurturing relationships which promote accountability, loyalty, transparency, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity and caring communication and bring glory to God. ~The Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious, M.A., M.Div., Th.M., Anglican Hospital Chaplain in The Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands
Format: 6 x 9 economy color hardback w/jacket, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2014)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Step back with the Author for a memorable tour of this Guyanese village on the South American Continent. A revealing look at a young man’s growth and development in his native village and the influences upon him and others like him during that time. These memoirs will make you laugh and make you weep with poignant reminders of a bygone era that still continue to reverberate in a land whose motto is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 76 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 25, 2008)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
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