Get Past the Facts: Local pastor publishes book
by The Press and Standard | August 10, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 10:32 am
The inspiration came to Eric Campbell one morning while he was out running.
It was 2011 and it had been a stressful year for Campbell. He was training for a marathon when the thought came to him “Get past the facts.”
“There are facts that come up in your life that you’ve just got to get past,” he said. In fact, he gave a sermon on the topic, started writing down notes and the idea for a book was born.
The path to publishing took a while. Although Campbell started writing in 2011, it wasn’t until October 2017 that he felt moved to get his work, “Get Past the Facts,” published. Shiela Keaise, children’s librarian at the Colleton County Memorial Library and owner of Martina Publishing, asked him to review her latest book. And that led to the inspiration to get his own work published.
“It’s not a big book. It’s a simple-read book. But I believe anybody who picks it up and reads it, it can have an impact on their lives if they open it up with an open mind,” Campbell said. “I believe the words are alive. Reading the book is like having a conversation with me on spiritual things. I believe that it will have an impact. I love Walterboro. I always wanted to have an impact on Walterboro.”
Born in Walterboro in 1974, Campbell is the son of Edith Gant Campbell and the late Modiah Kyre Campbell. He has two children who grew up here: Jessica, who will be a freshman at Wofford this fall, and Justin, who will move up to middle school this year. His ex-wife, Melissa, also lives here, as well as his sister, Uirica Bodison.
Campbell is pastor of Word for Life Ministry, a church he established because he “felt a strong desire to start a non-denominational, multi-cultural ministry. I saw that there was a gap between denominations and cultures. I believed it was an opportunity to bridge the gap between race and religion,” he said.
Deep down, he always knew he was called to be a minister. As a child, he always had questions for his Sunday school teacher. “My grandmother had a big family Bible in the front room, and I was always looking through it and asking a lot of questions,” he said. But he wasn’t ready to accept his calling until he turned 21, starting out in the prison ministry before getting his licenses through the A.M.E. and Baptist churches.
But he always felt he was called outside a denomination. “A lot of people have a relationship with religion, but no relationship with God,” he said. “Jesus said ‘With your mouth, you honor me. But your hearts are so far from me.’ He was saying that they have the doctrine of man down pat, but no relationship with God. And those people are very judgmental, very condemning, very divisive. That’s religion.
“I’m a firm believe of making it simple: you’re either a believer or an unbeliever. There’s no in-between,” he said. “Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal — that’s all irrelevant. What matters is do you believe Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and did God raise Him from the dead? That’s our faith. That’s our Christianity.”
“Interpretation and revelation about the word of God is based on where someone is in their spiritual level of maturity. People are always going to have different opinions when it comes to the Bible. And that’s fine. It’s based on where you are in your personal and spiritual development. Everyone should respect someone else’s beliefs.”
That’s something Campbell hopes his book will get across by reaching people at many levels of spiritual maturity. The book tells stories about his personal life experiences at different spiritual levels and how they relate to the Scriptures.
As an author, pastor, real estate investor and agent and community hospice liaison, Campbell said, “At the end of the day, everything I do is all people-oriented. Just another level of ministry. I’m helping people who want help.”
And he thinks his book will give some of that help back to area residents. “I want them to read it. I think it will help a lot of people,” he said.
His hard-bound book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million. He is in the process of ordering more copies and hopes to have a book-signing in September in Walterboro.