Swept up by the spirit

Augustan hopes story of his journey will help others see the light

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Gary Garner’s life has long been an article of faith.

Now it’s an entire book.

The Augustan recently self-published a remarkable new book about his dramatic spiritual journey called Swept Up by the Spirit: Journey of Transformation.

Though not a writer by trade – he is, ironically, a woodworker – Garner quite ably tells a compelling story of his brushes with death and his birth into a new life of spreading God’s word. Religious or not, many readers might themselves be swept up into his life story and the many real-life interactions his ministry has led him to.

At times his life story is Capra-esque, with Garner facing dilemmas reminiscent of Frank Capra’s character George Bailey in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

Highly spiritual people such as Garner – a member of the Alleluia Community in Augusta, and a perpetual protester outside abortion clinics – make living a ministerial life look easy. Their placidness and assuredness and gentleness make a godly path seem effortless.

It’s not – and nowhere will you get at that truth better than in Garner’s journey.

Those who’ve only known him since his move to Augusta from the Atlanta area in 1984, or those who only know of his cross-toting street ministry, may be shocked at the different-colored layers of his years, and how often and how loudly God had to come knocking on his door before he answered.

His life is a real and proximate parable for many of us. The prodigal son is quite alive.

Years into a secular and tenuous existence, Gary Garner saw the light, and now he chooses to use himself as an example for others, so that they may see it too. He’s left behind a business building luxury homes and today is an artist in wood, fashioning ornate crosses and even elaborate church altars.

He didn’t set out to mimic a carpenter of some 2,000 years ago. It’s just something he fell into – after being swept up by the spirit.

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soapy_725 12/25/12 - 09:31 am
When you truly come to know Jesus Christ...

as your personal Savior, Protector and Closet Friend, your life will be changed forever. Nothing can keep you from telling others about this special friend who gave His life for you. Some spend a lifetime in an organized church and have not had this experience. The experience of the constant presence of an Unseen Comforter. There is a religious process of "knowing about Jesus" and there is the life changing experience of "knowing Jesus" as the living Son of God.

Jane18 12/25/12 - 04:21 pm
Not again, scroo.......excuse me, grouse!

...and pray tell, grouse, when, where, and how did he interefere with your..life?

Fiat_Lux 12/26/12 - 11:36 am
What you have written, grouse, is so, so sad

Standing and praying for a child about to die horribly, and for the ones about to murder that innocent child should call to mind an act of begging for mercy and a change of heart, for that is what it is.

It is a very cold heart that would view that as interference, especially when there are so many other and vastly more wonderful ways of responding to an unplanned and perhaps unwanted pregnancy.

itsanotherday1 12/25/12 - 10:35 pm
Grouse, are you concluding

Grouse, are you concluding that he, by protesting at abortion clinics is not respecting another's choice? Could it be that just MAYBE he is being a voice for the unborn and unrepresented human that is about to be destroyed?

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