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"My Peculiar Daddy" - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
Pamela Hill Woodard, a Hinesville resident since 1982, has written a book about her "peculiar" father, James A. Hill Sr.
"My Peculiar Daddy" is an inspirational book about her father's visions, prayers, and dreams. The book shares testimonies of blessings and miracles, and her personal challenges of growing up with strict parents and learning to appreciate their discipline after moving away from home.
"As a child, it was his strict rules and regulations and his relationship with God (that made him peculiar). He would share with us his visions when he was praying with others. The peculiar nature was his standards for himself and his children," Woodard said.
Woodard said part of why her father is peculiar, or different from other fathers, was his childhood.
Hill's mother died after giving birth to another child when he was 8. Woodard said that despite racial issues in 1941, a close, white friend of her father's mother looked after him and his siblings until his father remarried. Woodard said her father taught her not to look at "race or color, but to look at the heart and character of an individual."
When Woodard was inspired by the Holy Spirit to title her book "My Peculiar Daddy," she says she started to understand that God made her father peculiar in His image and likeness. She hopes that those who read her book will realize that it is OK to be different.
Woodard is a business education teacher at Bradwell Institute, an inspirational speaker, Sunday school teacher, and Future Business Leaders of America adviser. She and her husband, Linus, have been married for 25 years.
Woodard said it would not have been possible for her to complete the book without her pastor, Bishop Aaron Cowart at Live Oak Church of God; her editor, Tamara Frazier; her proofreaders, Dr. Brenda Shaw and Michele Barnes; her photo specialist, Ken Griffin; photographer Jimmy McSalters for the front cover; and photographer Locoya Hill, who is also her nephew, for the back photo.
Woodard's book is available at Live Oak Church of God or from Woodard herself (369-8375). TOP Christian Bookstore, which plans to open by April 1 next to Poole's Deli, will also have her book. A book signing will be held on Sunday, March 30, after the 10:30 a.m. service at Live Oak Church.
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