Tony Rowell book signing set for June 13

Essay collection ‘What Would Granny Say?’ is newest book from Advocate Press

GILBERT—This month, United Methodists from across the state are invited to Beulah United Methodist Church in Gilbert for a book signing featuring author and pastor the Rev. Tony Rowell.

Set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the signing—which will include safety measures—will include refreshments, book sales and a chance to talk with the author and get your copy of the book signed by him.

What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories” is a collection of faith-based essays written over the years by Rowell, an elder in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC.

For decades, Rowell—a mission trip leader, songwriter, photographer and storyteller—has made it his passion to experience, gather and share stories of the Lord at work in big ways and small. Now, a lifetime of memories is offered in one collection of 79 essays. From fishing with his granny in the Florida Panhandle to stumbling into boars and bear alike in the Carolina wilderness to ministry in Bolivia, Colombia and Latvia, Rowell weaves beauty with simplicity and good old-fashioned humor.

His photographs of both nature and people are peppered throughout, along with a healthy dose of Granny’s wisdom, prompting the title.

Rowell was born in Circleville, Ohio, and as a young child, he and his family moved up and down the East Coast from Upstate New York to Florida. His family settled in South Carolina during his teen years, which was also when he truly came to know Christ. Through music ministry and mission work, he realized his call to full-time ministry in 1993. He has served as both vice chair and chair of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in South Carolina and has pastored seven churches.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Mary, they have three children and seven grandkids.

In addition to being available at the book signing, “What Would Granny Say” is available for purchase at online, here. Cost is $15.95 (plus shipping and handling) paperback and $6.99 eBook.

To order by mail, send a check for $15.95 plus $3 shipping and handling per book to Advocate, 4908 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Beulah is located at 161 Beulah Church Road, off Highway 378 in Gilbert.

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