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POSTED: May 31, 2010 12:50 p.m.
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Edith Anderson

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People from across the country and the world, including many Liberty County residents, visit Atlanta to enjoy its cultural events, restaurants, malls, entertainment  centers, historic sites and other activities.
On May 18, Courier columnist Edith W. Anderson, who normally writes this column, of Allenhurst, had the opportunity to visit Atlanta and appear on one of its Christian television stations, WATC 57 (Atlanta Live), for an interview.   
Atlanta Live is WATC TV’s flagship program and airs live every weeknight from 7-9. An encore presentation of the weeknights’ program is broadcasted every weekday morning from 7-9. Additionally, one hour of Atlanta Live is seen nationwide on NRB Network (DirecTV) every weekday morning at 8. Sky 21 in Summerville also airs Atlanta Live every weekday morning from 7-9.
The line up for Atlanta Live features nationally-known ministers and gospel musicians, as well as your neighbors down the street. Scheduled topics include a range of guests who share stories and testimonies that inspire and encourage, and music that ministers and uplifts.
Anderson, who is the author of two books, “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar,” and the writer for the weekly In the Pulpit column, appeared on the show to discuss her books, her column and her ministry.
She was interviewed by the husband and wife team, James and Regina Howard, known as the “The Sweethearts of the Industry” and featured in Gospel USA Magazine.
In addition to serving as frequent hosts of Atlanta Live, the Howards have their own radio and television broadcasts. They have interviewed such artists as Bobby Jones, Tremaine Hawkins, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, the Williams Brothers, Roland Martin, Louis Gossett Jr. CeCe Winans and Fred Hammond.
When asked by Regina Howard (who is an evangelist) what her passion was,  Anderson said it was teaching and writing. Both hosts wanted to know what inspired her books.
“Hosea 4:6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. My book, ‘Lack of Knowledge,’ helps people get a better understanding about God’s word so they will be able to withstand the tricks and wiles of the enemy.  Without the knowledge of God’s word, man has no power and cannot battle Satan,” Anderson said.  
 “My book, ‘Dare to Soar,’ deals with the weights and sins that keep people from reaching their full potential in Christ.  Once they recognize the weights and sins in their lives, deal with them, and subsequently get rid of them, then they can soar as the mighty eagle. The eagle flies high above life’s storms and adversities, and that is what God wants His people to do,” Anderson said.  
James Howard asked about the purpose of her column. Anderson said In the Pulpit focuses on local pastors and things they were during in their ministries. “It makes the community aware of what these pastors are doing in their individual churches,” she said. “I have found that whether they are pastoring a church of 2,000, 500 or 50 members, pastors have a love for God and their members.  Besides wanting to see the church grow physically, they also have a desire to see their members mature spiritually.”
In addition to writing, Anderson is a minister at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst where Dr. C.L. Anderson is pastor. She is the director of Christian education and church administrator. She also serves as an instructor at Trinity Temple College of Religion in Hinesville, where Dr. Jimmie L. Smiley is chancellor.
She is the mother of three children, Toni, Carnell Jr.cand April, and the grandmother of five.
 

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