Book explores faith in America

Last updated: November 25. 2013 4:04PM
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer



Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentBetty Lee Goodrich, a Clinton resident, said she is proud of her book, 'Keep the Faith America' and she hopes it is a blessing to many. Her book focuses on Christianity and faith as well as history.
Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentBetty Lee Goodrich, a Clinton resident, said she is proud of her book, 'Keep the Faith America' and she hopes it is a blessing to many. Her book focuses on Christianity and faith as well as history.
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After spending 45 years trying to figure out what God wanted her to do with her life, Betty Lee Goodrich decided that He wanted her to write a book. So after collecting her thoughts in notebooks, she set out on her journey to delve into what Christianity meant to her, leading her into an evolution that no one in her family thought she would have completed.


That evolution, the culmination of which is her book, “Keep the Faith America,” started 45 years ago when Goodrich found a class on journalism being offered at a local school. The book, she said, is religious in nature and has a large variety of topics on religion, family life, and history. Each of its 15 chapters focuses on different aspects.


“I kept wondering what is my purpose,” said Goodrich in an interview last week. “I felt I needed to find out what exactly it was that God wanted me to do.” This introspection led her to go back to college at 47 after working various jobs in retail, newspapers, and other venues. This all comes while she is working on raising three girls.


“I had no idea I was going to write a book,” said Goodrich. “I had no idea that the past was leading to that future.” Her journey led her to collect five notebooks full of research and reflections on different topics. She said her initial thought was that she would just leave the collection of notebooks for her girls.


“I figured I would leave the notebooks for them to read when I was gone,” she said. It was at that time she when she felt that God was intervening and telling her to put her thoughts into a book. “So that’s what I did. It seemed like God was talking to me, pointing me in that direction.”


“My daughters, they looked at me like they didn’t believe it,” she said. Her book came after she retired and she said that it took her over three years to gather up her notes on the archaeologists, ministers, and other sources that she wanted to use to pull the book together. She said that in some ways she just wanted proof that God existed.


Goodrich said she feels the country is filled with a lack of belief and that American herself is going down. A large part of the decline, she pointed out, started after the removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings. The country, as a whole, she pointed out, is trying to remove God from everything.


That, she said, was a mistake.


But it’s not one she’s making. Goodrich said she came to know God through her grandmother, who used to come and visit with the family and bring her hymn book. That hymn book is what kept them entertained when there was no television or other media to distract them. Goodrich said that she really felt that her grandmother’s faith was amazing.


Throughout the process of writing the book, she said, she felt that she had angels who were directing her to do — or not do — something in regards to her compilation. She said that she researched everything before writing the book.


“I knew I would run into opposition with this book,” she stressed. “I knew because there was no separation between church and state. I knew there would be objections.” Despite those objections, Goodrich decided to stay close to what she felt led to accomplish for God, and she wrote accordingly.


She said that her book is a compilation of the origins of Christianity, Israel, God’s Promised Land, the Middle East and the Islamic people, as well as a history of the United States.


Her family, Goodrich stressed, has been very supportive of her efforts, sometimes made more difficult because of her own struggles with the computer.


Goodrich feels that the country is making many of the same mistakes that were made centuries ago and the country, as a whole, needs a wake-up call in the direction of rectifying the disobedience towards His commandments. She writes about prayer, the Holy Spirit, angels, marriage, sin, Satan, and Radical Islam, among other topics. She considers the issues in the book to be among that most needed to be addressed in today’s society.


“Keep the Faith America” is available online at BarnesandNoble.com, through Amazon.com, as well through Lifeway Christian Bookstores online. You can also call Goodrich at 910-592-5496 and purchase a copy from her as well. Paperbacks are $7 and hardbacks are $13.


Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com

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