Local pastor among authors at weekend book festival
BY PENNY DICKERSON
Derek T. Triplett is the founding pastor of Daytona Beach’s Hope Fellowship and the author of a new book for men aptly titled “When I Became A Man.’’ He will be one of the featured authors at the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival to be held Jan. 8 and 9 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George Engram Blvd.
Triplett has spent over 20 years in pastoral ministry and over 25 years preaching the gospel. A native of East Illinois, he currently serves the Daytona Beach community in numerous civic capacities, including the Daytona Beach Rotary Club and the Civic League of the Halifax Area. He also is past president of the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance.
Dropping Bishop title
“I choose to not use the title Bishop when promoting my book because we want to make sure the book doesn’t just address the church audience. It’s for men in general, one that every man should study and every woman should read,” said Triplett.
Triplett’s book has taken on the challenges of all men through an analysis of their common challenges: balancing a professional, personal and spiritual life in this fast-paced world. From financial issues to dressing for success, Triplett is able to help men who want to get organized and on track spiritually.
For the past five years, F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival director Donna Gray-Banks has remained at the forefront of exposing Volusia County residents to books and promoting established and emerging authors. F.R.E.S.H. stands for fiction, romance, erotica, spiritual and health.
“Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows you to communicate effectively,” she told the Daytona Times. “The power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live.’’
Triplett looks forward to meeting attendees and offered the following: “Festivals like F.R.E.S.H. are a positive way to promote reading and literacy in a county where you have five institutions of higher education. It aligns with our producing a culture that seeks knowledge and I think that is critical.”
The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 with an Author Meet and Greet at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, which will include a dinner. The cost is $25. It continues at 10 a.m. Saturday at the center. Admission is $3.
For more information about the festival, email email@example.com, visit the website ilasdiamonds.sharepoint.com or call 386-627-4353.