Four S.C. United Methodists release books

Four South Carolina United Methodists, including two pastors, have recently published books.

The Rev. James Phillip Smith, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Camden, published his book, Healing a Broken Nation: Teaching and Preaching Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Released in August, the book helps people move beyond talk and step into a new future as they embrace forgiveness. Empowering preachers, teachers and facilitators to affect change in their areas of influence that can lead to widespread transformation, the book aims to help people live in community with others; acknowledge pain from the past; embrace the idea of forgiveness and settle and resolve differences with others.

Dr. Martin Luther Quick, associate pastor at Journey UMC, Columbia, published his book, E-Vangelism: Creating and Implementing a Social Media Ministry for Outreach, also in August.

Based on his pre-pandemic doctoral dissertation case study, Quick shares his experience as a digital pastor responding to the pandemic, and offers his insightful quick takes after each chapter. The book provides fundamentals for creating an effective social media ministry for outreach, plus offers proven strategies for implementing a social media ministry with precise and definitive information, including pros and cons.

Cindy Barrineau Curtis, youth director at St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church, Charleston, launched her latest book, Living the Heart of God, in July.

Part of her Heart of God trilogy, the book is an in-depth study of The Lord’s Prayer. Curtis is a teacher, author and motivational speaker with a career spanning more than 30 years in education, ministry, writing and speaking. Her book offers hope and empowers readers with methods to live with confidence and grace.

And Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, member of Bethesda UMC in Powdersville and former longtime member of Berea Friendship UMC in Greenville, has released Poems To Lift You Up and Make You Smile. A collection of 100 classic and contemporary poems especially selected for their upbeat perspectives, feel-good scenarios and humor, the book features the work of poets across the United States, Canada, England and Ireland. It is an anthology of work featured on, founded by Ferrer in 2009 to show the diversity of poetry and dispel the notion that poetry is boring.

All of these books are available on Amazon, as well as other book retailers.

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