Savannah is known for moss-draped Live Oaks, slow Southern drawls and mysteries like “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”
Retired United Methodist pastor Rev. W. Hamp Watson, Jr’s., latest book, “Experiencing Ineffable Mystery,” tells the story of an even greater mystery – the mystery of God.
The English translation of Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s “The Quest of the Historical Jesus” was published in 1910, but the pursuit to try to understand this enigmatic Master is still churning in the Christian community today. The Jesus Seminar scholars and others seek to solve the continuing riddle with answers that satisfy some and infuriate others. Rev. Watson has plunged into this maelstrom with messages modeled after Schweitzer’s closing phrase, “and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who He is.”
A native of Baxley, Rev. Watson retired in 1995 after serving 42 years as a minister in the South Georgia Conference. Upon retirement, he served 13 additional years at small-membership churches. He and his wife Day make their home in Macon.
After six books to benefit ministries of the South Georgia Conference, this seventh book benefits Wesley Community Centers in Savannah. Rev. Watson served as District Superintendent of the Savannah District when Wesley Community Centers moved to its present location at 1601 Drayton Street in Savannah.
In the foreword of the book, Rev. Watson writes, “One of Webster’s definitions of the word, ‘ineffable,’ is ‘indescribable joy.’ If even a person or two should experience that indescribable joy found following the mysterious Jesus revealed in these pages it would be well worth the writing and the reading.”
The price of the book is $10 plus $3 for postage and handling. Skidaway Island United Methodist Church gave a challenge gift of $1,000 toward the printing costs and others gave similarly generous gifts that have completely covered all upfront costs. All sales will go directly to Wesley Community Centers. To purchase, please make your $13 check payable to Wesley Community Centers and send it to Hamp Watson, 149 Cambridge Way, Macon GA 31220. Email or telephone your order to email@example.com / 478-475-1763.