Local woman publishes book on faith, God's power to help

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comApril 18, 2014 

She was in a room above her garage doing yoga when the telephone rang.

It was her husband's co-worker, who was having chest pains and needed help.

Judy Kent Davidson told the man to call 911, but he replied he did not have the service where he lived.

So Davidson drove 25 miles to his house. She helped the big man, who was gasping for air, get into her car then rushed him to the emergency room.

"There were at least a dozen traffic lights between his home and the hospital, so I prayed to God for green lights so I wouldn't have to stop," she said. "I didn't get a red light the entire way. Not one."

The story is one the local woman tells in her recently published book, "Salvation is the Easier Part."

Davidson believes prayer is powerful and God is never too busy to help people in their daily lives. She said all they have to do is ask.

"Each of us is like God's only child," she said. "You can count on God."

Davidson said some people say they will pray for others but not for themselves. She said she prays for herself all the time.

"I want to do what God wants me to do," she said.

In the book, Davidson and other Christians tell stories and essays about how God has helped them through difficult times.

"How do you make it when your life is crumbling around you?" she asked. "That is what people want to know."

Davidson said her book offers some answers.

Each chapter has Scripture that relates to each story.

She said life has mountaintops and valleys, but people need to know that Jesus has been, is now, and will always be with us.

"People want to know how to walk with Jesus and need the information to be in simple, practical terms," she said, explaining the purpose of the book. "I have been developing my faith over many years and I believe I know what the truth is."

'I have always loved to write'

Davidson, 67, was born in Athens, Ga. At the age of 4, her family moved to Columbus. At that time, she began to attend Wynnton United Methodist Church, where she is still an active member.

She attended Columbus High School, then got a nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She earned a master's in nursing from Emory University.

For 31 years, she was a nursing instructor at Columbus State University. After retiring, she worked part time as a student adviser to pre-nursing students at CSU.

Davidson and her husband, Don, live in Upatoi, Ga. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.

She said she had been thinking about writing the book for about six or seven years.

"I have always loved to write," she said. "In high school, I was always doing stories and poetry."

She thought of the book title while attending a church service.

"God gave it to me," she said. "I am not saying salvation is easy. It's not. It's humbling. To be a Christian and go to Heaven, you have to ask the Lord to forgive you. But it is a one-time event. The obedience for the rest of your life, that is hard. If we only had to take up the cross once and suffer once, that would be heroic. Daily cross bearing is a whole different proposition because it is so constant."

Everything in the book is true, she said. Stunning color illustrations, as well as a couple of articles, are provided by local artist Gloria Toelle.

Davidson believes the Easter season is the perfect time for the release of the book, which was printed by Tate Publishing. There are hardback and paperback versions.

The book is available online through Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon.com. Those interested in getting a copy may call 706-536-2406 or 706-324-2424.

Davidson said profits from the sales of the book are going to local charitable organizations such as Open Door Community House and Valley Rescue Mission.

"I want others to benefit from this," she said.

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