Bruce Boyer, former Chamber of Commerce CEO and president and Kernersville YMCA director, encourages others to strengthen their faith through everyday devotional stories in his newly released book, “Touchpoints of Faith: God’s Word in Daily Life,” which will be available during upcoming books signings on October 27 at the Kernersville YMCA and November 7 at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church.
Boyer said he dedicated his second book to the Christian mission of the YMCA because most YMCAs have a strong Christian emphasis and the first YMCAs were actually Bible study organizations during the Industrial Revolution.
“The purpose of my book is to show examples of how God works in our everyday lives,” Boyer remarked.
Different from his first book in which he wrote all of the devotionals, in his new book Boyer invited 11 guest authors to share their stories in his book.
The book contains 87 stories in 281 pages, which is twice the length of stories from his previous book, “24/7: Stories of Faith from Everyday Life.” The book also contains 12 pages of topical scriptural references, and each chapter is arranged by faith lesson topic. Some of the stories are also written for particular seasons or holidays.
Guest authors include Rosemary Suess, former executive director of the Kernersville YMCA (now at the Y in Clemmons); Larry Whittlesey, national director of the US Mission Network; Terra Lynn Dearth, national director of the YMCA’s Christian Leadership Conferences; Bob Kahle – former director of YMCA Camp Hanes (now at YMCA Fairview Lakes camp in NJ); The Old Gray Goose, former Y director who was a mentor to Boyer; Bruce Ham, chief development officer for the YMCA of the Triangle (Raleigh area); Eric Ellsworth, president & CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis; Gray Stallworth, recently retired YMCA director from Greenwood, SC; Dan Doctor, YMCA volunteer with Christian Leadership Conferences; Bob Warnock, former YMCA director from Los Angeles, CA; and Cliff Christian, Spiritual Life director for the YMCA’s Blue Ridge Assembly (Asheville, NC).
“Many of the stories relate to things that have happened in their YMCAs,” Boyer said. “Nearly all of the stories are true, with many about people and events from Kernersville or recognizable national events. The stories capture people’s interest. Then a faith lesson is developed around the story, which helps people to apply the faith lesson to their personal life.”
Boyer noted that some of the stories include how Doc Long’s Bible literally saved his life; a story about the start of the Pan de Vida missionary (supported by Fountain of Life & the YMCA) in Ecuador; and a story called, “Never Mind, Lord,” which is from a sermon he heard in 1965 while attending a church as a college student.
Boyer said all of the stories have a scriptural reference, question to ask yourself and a closing prayer. There is also an index to allow people to find an appropriate story for their occasion.
“Writing devotional books is a great way to reach people you never get to meet,” he said. “In a subtle way, the book is meant to support Christian teachings. It’s a way for people to relate, identify or picture themselves in the story.”
Boyer said the stories are also useful in starting a meeting where there are people of different denominations and walks of life.
“It really plants the seeds with real life situations of how God is at work,” he said. “I think that when people see how faith can be applied to peoples’ lives, even outside of church, it can increase their interest.”
Along with the 11 guest authors, Boyer also included his own feature story.
Boyer feels his time as the executive director at the YMCA was a ministry.
“When you believe strongly in what and why you are doing something as a career, it really becomes a calling, so I always felt that it was a calling for me – instilling Christian values,” he said.
Boyer served in the YMCA for 34 years, with the last 12 in Kernersville. He has volunteered for past 35 years with the YMCA’s Christian Leadership Conferences (nationally).
Boyer’s first book, “24/7 – Stories of Faith from Everyday Life,” tells the story about his son, Dave Boyer, being lost for six days in the Amazon rainforest. This near tragedy has been re-enacted nationally on two hour-long Discovery Channel shows, a Reader’s Digest article and an appearance on the Oprah show. The miracle of surviving this experience was the catalyst that motivated Boyer to publish devotional stories and to encourage others in the faith.
The first book signing will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kernersville YMCA. Suess will also be available for book signings.
The second book signing will be held on Monday, November 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, located at 323 Hopkins Rd.
Story website: In addition, stories are available on Boyer’s story website, www.ChristianFaithStories.com. A new story is posted each week. The public is invited to the book signing or you may contact Boyer directly to purchase a book at 336-996-4699.