Purdy pastor offers guidance for college students

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dr. Leland May, preacher at Arnhart Baptist Church in Purdy and former associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Cassville, recently released a book for 
college students.

The 118-page book, in connection with Banias Publishing Company is entitled, "Connections: Inspirational Reflections for College Students," and was written from May's 35 years of college and university teaching literature and experiences at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar and Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.

Many of the 52 reflections are personal associations and conversations with students, who inspired May or come from literature he taught. The reflections are designed to help students through the college experience, including the pressures of exams, research papers, reading assignments, schedules, social events and deadlines.

"It came about because I taught university students for years and I wrote this book," May said. "It's inspiration for college students and is based on the experiences I had with the students and with teaching. This is my second devotional book for college students."

His first, published by Baker Book House, was in print from 1981-1987 and sold over 10,000 copies.

"I have done this one through amazon.com," he said. "There are 52 devotionals. They can be read one every day or one a week.

May has plans for another book, too, but on a different topic.

"I'm hoping this summer to release another book on memories of World War II," he said. "I'm not a veteran. I was in the second grade when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and in sixth grade when the war was over. My brother was a prisoner of war, and I saw a lot of the fellows come home badly injured.

"I grew up in Purdy, so I also have my memories of Barry County at that time. My mind is just flooded with memories of being a child of the war."

The book will be called "World War II Memories of an American Child."

May said writing books fits right along with what he already likes to do.

"I was a university literature professor and taught journalism courses, so this writing is something I really enjoy doing," he said. "[College students] are under stress all the time and do not have much time to have a spiritual life and a relationship with God, so I think the book gives an answer to many problems. Many of the students I write about have had severe problems and have overcome them very well and I share their story to help others."

May's new book is available at amazon.com or by contacting him at 660-562-4457.

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