Christian author, mentor and Bible study leader coming to Boone
by Sherrie Norris
At noon, Huitt will briefly share how her latest book, "Our Beloved, Our Friend" can help readers explore the Bible in a more personal way.
A Bible study and devotional guide, "Our Beloved, Our Friend" has been described as "a great remedy to spiritual stagnation" and one that encourages readers to increase their understanding of God by spending time in his word, and nurturing their relationship with God, like their human relationships, through communication and quality time.
"Through his word in 40 Bible study meditations, readers will have the opportunity to fall more deeply in love with Jesus and walk more closely with him -- or possibly meet him for the first time," Huitt said. "They will be encouraged and equipped to naturally share him and his transforming love with others in all they say and do."
The Bible study devotionals included in the book, published by CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, follow what Huitt calls "the pattern," which is a nine-step method taken from Psalm 119.
Studying the Bible this way fosters a relationship with Jesus and is designed to be "like breathing," she said, so readers can take in the "life-giving elements" of the word.
The book is meant for readers at any point in their relationship with God, Huitt said.
"By studying the Bible through the lens of the pattern, individuals can truly be transformed by spending time with God. They will experience Jesus' presence and liberating love, and in turn, be inspired to share his love with others," she said.
Huitt said she felt led by the Lord to share how he had touched her and changed her life through his word "and his limitless, liberating love," which she said, "He has for all of us."
"He wanted me to share the way he taught me to explore and dig into the word, prayerfully experience Jesus, and share his love so others can, too," she said.
After completing the Bible study meditations, Huitt said, readers can continue to use the book's easy to use pattern to help them dig into the word for themselves, to deepen their relationship with Jesus, and to minister to others in numerous ways.
It can also serve the reader as a tool in several ways, she said: for continued use in ongoing personal devotional time, share in one-on-one fellowship, mentor, to disciple individuals and groups, lead Bible studies, retreats and seminars, study a single verse, a portion of Scripture or a book of the Bible, and to teach Sunday school or other small groups with little or no preparation.
The book's appendix, Huitt said, shares practical, specific ways to help readers explore the word, experience Jesus in prayer, and then to share Jesus and his love naturally with others in words and deeds of their lives.
Huitt is a Bible-study teacher, seminar leader, Christian mentor and longtime writer of Bible studies and devotions.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in psychology, minor in religion and has studied theology at the post-graduate level, as well. She has worked with several Christian denominations throughout the Carolinas and has been involved in ministry all of her adult life.
In addition to her work as a Christian mentor to teens, adults and seniors, Huitt has served her church and community in different ways, including leadership roles with Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a lay campus minister at Winthrop University.
She has held various local and state-wide ministry positions, including a state women's chair for a Billy Graham Crusade and an Anne Graham Lotz "Just Give Me Jesus" event, a teaching leader for Bible study fellowship and a denominational state evangelism chair.
Huitt and her husband, Sig, live in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They have two married children and four grandchildren. She has been a caregiver for older loved ones since the mid-1980s.
She is a member of Lake Wylie Lutheran Church and former Lutheran lay campus minister at Winthrop University.
Huitt has a special love for the High Country and Western North Carolina, in general.
"The mountains are very special to me," she said. "Their glorious majesty always draws me closer to God and feeds my soul, as expressed in Psalm 121."
Being a city girl, Huitt said she had the joyous opportunity of spending her summers growing up in Transylvania County -- "roaming the hills on foot and horseback, swimming in cold lakes, and enjoying the best tasting food I ever put in my mouth."
She has enjoyed many wonderful weekends at the Cove in Asheville and has a great affection for the Boone area, where many of her relatives have attended and graduated from Appalachian State University.
"I do deeply appreciate the ministry of Cornerstone and enjoy visiting there," she said. "It is a privilege to be doing a book signing there on Saturday."
The Cornerstone Christian Bookstore and Gallery is located at 1894 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.judyhuitt.com.