Former OC president to sign new book at basketball games

Marty and Terry Johnson
Marty and Terry Johnson

Former Oklahoma Christian University president J. Terry Johnson will be on the OC campus Thursday to sign copies of his latest book, Be of Good Cheer.

He and former OC first lady Marty Johnson will be available to greet friends in the Payne Athletic Center lobby before the women’s and men’s basketball games against Mid-America Christian University. The games start at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.

Although the official release date for Be of Good Cheer is in early 2013, copies are available now from the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association for $20 (a 20 percent discount off the retail price). All proceeds from Thursday’s book sales will go toward the OCWA Student Scholarship Fund.

Be Of Good Cheer features 366 daily devotionals, each designed to stimulate the reader’s personal spiritual growth.

Every entry includes Bible chapters that can be read that day, allowing a full read-through the Bible during the course of the year. A single verse taken from that day’s reading is also featured for those who prefer not to cover multiple chapters each day. A prayer thought, intended to expand the scope and depth of one’s daily prayer life, and a faith-in-action activity suggestion are included for each day of the year.

The 200-page publication also is filled with thoughtful essays written by Johnson and 48 full-color photographs featuring scenes from the Texas Hill Country. Ben Friberg, a professional cameraman for an Austin television station, shot most of the photos during the 2012 bluebonnet season.

Thursday’s basketball games also will feature a “Dunks for Diapers” fundraiser for Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care. Admission to the doubleheader is free to anyone bringing a baby item such as diapers, wipes, baby lotion, bath items, etc. 

Saturday’s basketball doubleheader will feature the 23rd-annual Toys for Tots Drive sponsored by OC’s Delta Gamma Sigma social service club. Admission is free to anyone bringing an unwrapped toy to the games. The Lady Eagles play Southern Nazarene University at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Eagles’ game against Southwestern Christian University at 7:30 p.m.