Two Advocate Press books now on Amazon

In an effort to expand its publishing reach to a wider audience, the Advocate Press has launched two of its books on Amazon.

Started in 2017, the Advocate Press is the book publishing arm of the award-winning, 184-year-old South Carolina United Methodist Advocate newspaper. Its mission is to produce books of interest to South Carolina United Methodists on matters of faith and to amplify regional voices and those who advocate for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Now available on Amazon is “What Would Granny Say? And Other Somewhat Embellished Memories,” a collection of 79 faith-based essays by UMCSC pastor the Rev. Tony Rowell. 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.

To find Rowell’s book on Amazon, search “Tony Rowell” or “What Would Granny Say,” or go directly to The cost is $15.95 paperback or $5.99 Kindle e-book.

Also available on Amazon is “Preaching In the Midst Of: How Black Preaching Has Changed in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” by UMCSC pastor the Rev. Amiri Hooker. The book explores the innovative and Spirit-filled ways Black preachers are bringing Jesus and justice to the people in the midst of a tri-pandemic of disease, racism and poverty. A fierce challenge to rise up and embrace prophetic, transformative preaching, it draws from a rich blend of hip hop artists, theologians and other intellectuals as it guides readers toward a new paradigm for bringing the gospel message with relevance, authority and truth.

To find Hooker’s book on Amazon, search “Amiri Hooker” or “Preaching In the Midst Of,” or go directly to The cost is $15 paperback or $5 Kindle e-book.

You can also still buy both books directly from the Advocate’s website at

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