Man who sang hymns to bring awareness to the homeless in 2005, writes book
Released on: February 27, 2008, 11:39 pm
Press Release Author: Terry Dwight Coleman
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Terry Coleman's life never looked promising from the start. Born to alcoholic parents in an abusive relationship, neither parent had the mental wherewithal to care for a newborn infant. Two weeks after his arrival Terry was back in the hospital with a severe bout of the whooping cough. That's when his great-grandmother decided to take matters into her own strong and capable hands. The polar opposite of his neglectful parents, his great-grandmother lived by a different set of standards. The first order of business was mandatory attendance at the local Catholic Church. As Terry grew older though, the pull of the outside world soon overpowered him. Fighting, drinking, and hanging out with the wrong crowd became his escape. It was only a natural progression that led to girls and premarital sex and by the time he had turned eighteen, Terry had fathered his first child who died shortly after birth. Still, all of these wrong decisions did not set Terry on the right path. Terry continued to follow the road to destruction, until he met Sebbie, a young woman who became a stabilizing force in his life. Now married, life with Sebbie did not guarantee marital bliss. Like most young couples they struggled to find a way to make ends meets whilst barely escaping the throes of poverty. However, Sebbie did bear him three daughters and kept him a bit closer to the straight and narrow. The turning point came when a co-worker asked Terry to attend service at his church. The church proved to be a much needed anchor. The couple became active members even as Terry continued to battle against his genetic tendency towards alcoholism. At a critical stage of his marriage and faith journey, Terry in a drunken stupor almost lost his life. After a slow recuperation, he recovered and regained the ability to walk. With the gift of song, Terry became a member of the choir. Soon another goal emerged - to set up a marathon hymn-singing event to bring public attention to the plight of the homeless. With the help of his support group Terry was able to overcome the odds, set a world record and earn mention in Ripley's Believe or Not! ģ. Don't Give Up, Don't Give In is an inspiring story of family, faith, and fortitude that will leave readers gasping for more.
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From Despair to Ripley's Believe It or Not Singing hymns brings glory to God and sets a world record
Denver, CO-"No matter what your background or the problems you face in life, God can use you to His glory." That is the central message Terry Dwight Coleman extends to readers in his book Don't Give Up-Don't Give In: A True Story of the Struggles of a World-Record Hymn Singer ($17.99, paperback, 978-1-60477-465-8). "With God all things are possible," he reminds us.
The fifty-six year old African American author believes his book will inspire those who seek a way out of life's struggles. Having overcome a troubled background and passed through many "danger, toils and snares," as the words of a hymn say, Coleman believes his testimony will help readers look to God for solutions to their problems. He believes it is "a story that needs to be told."
The author was abandoned by his mother and raised by his grandmother and aunts and grew into an adult with no sense of purpose. Despite being married and a father he turned to alcoholism. But, as he relates in his book, a friend invited him to attend church, rekindling his childhood religious inclinations. His conversion gave his life new meaning and direction. It was then he realized his voice was a gift and desired to use his singing to glorify God.
Coleman, who in 2005, sang a record-breaking 849 church hymns for 40 hours 17 minuets, to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless, has vowed to donate twenty percent of his royalties to four different charities that help the homeless.
Terry Dwight Coleman and his wife, Sebbie, have three children and eight grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 2000, and is a paralegal.
Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the Christian publisher of his book. You contact Terry Dwight Coleman for interviews.
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