Paul Leonard to Give Motivational TalkOn October 26, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, Paul will give a motivational talk with readings from his new book, When the Spirit Moves, followed by Q&A and light refreshments. The event is also a fund raising effort in which Paul will be donating a portion of the proceeds from each book sold to benefit “The Hope House”, a project of The Salvation Army. The event is free and open to the public.

Also, Paul will have a talk and book signing at The Book Loft from 1:00-4:00 pm on October 25, 2014.

In When the Spirit Moves, a book of poems, essays and vignettes about the yearnings, appreciation, and frustrations ever present in human existence, the author invites readers to move forward into meaningful life by embracing their spiritual gifts. In many of the pieces, When the Spirit Moves is a fresh approach to psalms and parables from the New Testament.

Paul’s book invites us to explore the gamut of human experience, but ends with the comfort of constancy. Tom Ross, President of the University of North Carolina, says of When the Spirit Moves, “Paul Leonard, through his stories and poetry, helps all of us understand ourselves… our doubts, disappointments, joy, perspectives, relationships and values, and shows us how faith, trust, love and commitment can lead us to lead more meaningful lives.”

With an undergraduate degree from Davidson College, a Bachelor of Divinity from University of Chicago, and Masters in Business from Emory University, Paul has held a number of positions throughout his career to foster improvements in housing for those in need. He was elected to the Board of Habitat for Humanity International in October 1995 and served as Chairman of the Board from December, 2001 to December, 2003. Paul also became the Interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity from June, 2004 through October, 2005. Today, he is a member of the US Council for Habitat for Humanity International and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Crosland Interests, LLC, a real estate development company in Charlotte and as a director for Crowder Construction, a civil, environmental and industrial construction company in Charlotte, NC.

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