The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 19, 2013

Pastor’s latest book receives accolade

The work of Beckley native, faith-based counselor and pastor Dr. Rick Metrick, Ph.D., has been recognized by Shade Tree Publishing as the 2013 Christian Small Publisher as “Book of the Year.”

“God’s Wake Up Call” isn’t Metrick’s first book. He’s previously earned recognition for a devotional book, “Just Honor God,” the 2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year. He has also penned and published “The Yawning Church” and “My ‘I’ Problem with God’s Word.”

“God’s Wake Up Call” is a devotional based upon “The Yawning Church,” which discusses how just prior to the Rapture, church members think it is evolving, but is instead dissolving, Metrick explained. Seeing the church attempt to redefine itself is a warning that the return of Christ is near, which along with how to become a better person of faith is the focus of “God’s Wake Up Call.”

“I have a love and passion for God’s church and God’s people,” Metrick said.

Metrick says he is “humbled” by the recognition, but ultimately wrote the books in order to honor God.

“It amazes me that anyone would want to read my words, but I hope they find consolation and encouragement in them,” he commented.

In addition to having the recognition of Book of the Year from his publishing company, Metrick says he has received overall positive feedback and encouraging words from his readers.

“They have said they look at their Christian walk and church differently now,” he added.

Some people ask Metrick when he will write and publish his next book. Metrick says he doesn’t begin writing until he feels an “overwhelming passion” to do so, and it doesn’t take an extended amount of time for him to write and publish a book. He estimates six months from start to publication, but he says the basis of the books has been with him for years. For example, Metrick said he had been working on “The Yawning Church” since approximately 1984.

“God brings me to a point when all things line up and it flows from my mind, but it has been in my heart for years,” Metrick said about his books.

Metrick’s books are available at The Christian Bookstore of Beckley. They may also be purchased online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Shade Tree Publishing, www.

For a limited time, Shade Tree Publishing will offer an e-reader version of “God’s Wake Up Call” for a special price of $2.99.

Metrick has a Ph.D. in Christian counseling and psychology and is a licensed professional counselor and approved licensed professional supervisor. He is the director of Total Life Counseling in Beckley and serves as the pastor of Jones Memorial Baptist Church.

More information about Metrick’s works can also be found at www.just

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