Second books by Arthur Holt, Stephon Void released by Advocate Press

The Advocate Press has released two new books for sale this spring, one by a United Methodist pastor and the other by a United Methodist lay servant.

“People of My Journey,” by retired pastor the Rev. Arthur Holt, is his second book with the Advocate Press. In his second book of reflections, Holt shares about the people of his journey and how they impacted him, steering him ever-closer to Christ, love and the transformative power of grace in our lives.

“A Healing Journey: Poems of Faith, Healing, Recovery, and Coping with Grief” is also the second book published by the Advocate Press from Stephon C. Void, a nuclear magnetic resonance technician at Claflin University and a certified lay servant at New Covenant United Methodist Church, Bowman. In this collection of faith-based poetry, Void reflects on his journey of healing as he navigates life as a patient, caregiver, son, and follower of Christ. Many of the poems reflect the pain he wrestled with as his father battled terminal cancer, as well as the peace he ultimately achieved as a child of the risen Christ.

“This is the book that we have needed,” Dr. Safiyah Fosua said about Void’s collection. The Rev. Janice L. Frederick-Watts called it “a beautiful work,” while the Rev. Sheri Yvette-Base White called the poetry “thought-provoking.”

Of Holt’s book, Rev. Kim Strong said he highly recommends it. “One of unique blessings of being a United Methodist minister is the opportunity to bless and be blessed by a myriad of congregations over our lifetime,” Strong said. “Rev. Holt shares the people and experiences that shaped his life and theology in a humorous and uplifting way.”

This brings the total number of titles published by the Advocate Press to 18. Founded in 2017, the Advocate Press has a mission to produce books of interest to South Carolina United Methodists on matters of faith and to amplify regional voices and those that advocate for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Both books are for sale as a paperback and ebook on the Advocate’s website at They are also on Amazon. 

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