Five thousand people attend the Tabernacle Baptist Church, and the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman Jr. is the pastor of that church.
“I see people everyday, from all walks of life,” he said. “I wanted to give them something of hope.”
So, using the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi to guide him, he wrote “Road to Recovery.”
“Road to Recovery” uses Christian teachings to support readers through their difficult moments. Each chapter ends with reflection questions.
The author chose the story of Ruth and Naomi because it’s the “ultimate story of loss,” he said.
The story starts out with Naomi living with her husband Elimelech and two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. A famine has dried out Judah, so the family moves to the adjacent country of Moab. The sons marry. But then their father dies; Naomi is left to rely on her sons. Then her sons die; Naomi has to turn to her daughters-in-law. But, when word comes that things have improved in Judah, Naomi chooses to return.
Her daughter-in-law Ruth refuses to leave her. The two return to Judah, facing challenge after challenge. The problems start to fade a bit when they encounter Naomi’s family member Boaz. Ruth and Boaz end up marrying, giving the women back some security.
“We have all experienced loss on some level,” Goodman said. “God hasn’t forgotten them. Recovery is possible.”
The book has affected Goodman on a personal level. It is dedicated to his mother, Paula Harrington, and father, Charles E. Goodman Sr.
“Through your lives and struggles with addiction, I have learned the possibility and passion of recovery. Thank you for not quitting and giving up; you inspire me,” the dedication reads.
The story of Naomi and Ruth can be found in the Book of Ruth, chapters one to four. Goodman, also, heavily refers back to the text in his book. “Road to Recovery” was released earlier this month.
Goodman has been the senior pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in downtown Augusta since 2006 – a career path he felt called to.
He appears weekly on the “Kingdom Living” broadcast and daily on WTHB Praise 96.9FM. He founded the DaGOODRev Ministries, LLC, and published “You Can’t Run from Purpose” last year.
He will be signing “Road to Recovery” at 2 p.m., on June 8, at the church’s Family Life Center on 1223 Laney Walker Blvd.
The books are available online at Amazon and the church’s bookstore.
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