About the Author
The author of WordPoints.com is Gary Henry who lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee and worships with the Broadmoor Church of Christ in Nashville.
Gary is the author of the WordPoints Daybook Series and many other biblical study materials.
You may contact Gary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 615-944-0694.
- Roots in southwestern Arkansas.
- Parents: Leroy Parker Henry and Charlene Roberts Henry. (Mother a granddaughter of J. A. and Georgia Copeland of Delight, Arkansas.)
- Born in Hope, Arkansas in 1950.
- Lived briefly in Oxford, Mississippi in the early 1950′s. (Father, a watchmaker, worked on William Faulkner’s watch a time or two.)
- Grew up in Meridian, Mississippi and Gulfport, Mississippi.
- Since college have lived in Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee. Currently lives near Nashville, Tennessee.
- Meridian, Mississippi: Marion Park Elementary School (1956-62).
- Gulfport, Mississippi: Central Elementary School, West Junior High School, and Gulfport High School (1968).
- Florida College, A.A. (1970)
- Florida College, Biblical Studies (72)
- Western Kentucky University, B.A. in Religious Studies (1976)
- Western Kentucky University, M.A. in Humanities (1979)
- 1972-2007 – Worked with local churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas.
- 2007-present – In addition to writing and gospel meetings, works with Broadmoor Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Former editor of Brass Tacks (1986-89).
- Numerous articles for Searching the Scriptures (1972-92) and Christianity Magazine (1984-99).
- Articles in Focus Magazine, Biblical Insights, and Truth Magazine.
- “Malachi: A Call for Reverence” in The Minor Prophets for Every Man (Florida College Press, 1989).
- “Belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God” in God So Loved: Studies in the Gospel of John (Florida College Press, 2002).
- “The New Exodus” in The Gospel in the Old Testament (Florida College Press, 2003).
- “I Know That My Redeemer Lives – Job 19:25″ in Great Texts in the Old Testament (Truth Magazine, 2007).
- “The Greatest Devotional Aid” in Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper (DeWard Publishing Company, 2008).
- “Transcendence in Elie Wiesel’s Work” in Bloom’s Guides: Night edited by Harold Bloom (Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009).
- “The Preacher’s Devotional Life” in Behind the Preacher’s Door edited by Warren Berkley (Spiritbuilding Publishing, 2010).
- Diligently Seeking God: Daily Motivation to Take God More Seriously (WordPoints, 2003).
- Reaching Forward: Daily Motivation to Move Ahead More Steadily (WordPoints, 2009).
- Enthusiastic Ideas: A Good Word for Every Day of the Year (WordPoints, 2011).
- Numerous web site writings
Young men just don’t come any better than my two sons, Brock and Grant. Not only are they a great joy, but they are a source of refreshment and strength to me spiritually. Together, the three of us have weathered some terrible storms, and it makes me feel very good to see the inner character they have acquired in the process of dealing with difficulty.
Brock and Grant are extremely versatile and well-rounded, and have always had a great relationship with one another. Before their lives are over, they are going to make an impact on the world for good. I am just lucky that I got to be their father.
Banjo, the ragdoll cat. She was just eight weeks old when I got her from Marcia Childress during a speaking trip to Rochelle, Illinois in 2006. Banjo is simply the most interesting animal on the planet. Equal parts fun and affection, she keeps me from dwelling too much on my solitude now that the “nest” is empty. I kid a lot about her, but she is truly a blessing.
Wrigley, the Australian shepherd. Wrigley was my beloved dog — and the greatest dog I had ever had the privilege of owning. In the fall of 2005, however, due to my increasing travel schedule, I felt it best to give him up for adoption. He lives with a wonderful family now in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t think of him.
Interests, Hobbies, etc.
- Reading, reading, reading. Favorite authors: J. R. R. Tolkien first, then Eudora Welty, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Bailey White, and James Michener.
- Music, music, music. Favorite musicians: Loreena McKennitt first, then Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Andreas Vollenweider, and October Project.
- Humor, humor, humor. Favorite humorists: Jerry Clower first, then Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, and Woody Allen.
- Traditional Southern cooking. Member of Southern Foodways Alliance. Favorite foods: cornbread & buttermilk first, then country ham, pinto beans, turnip greens, and pineapple upside-down cake.
- Barbecue. Like it virtually any way it can be done. “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’” (Daniel 7:5).
- Movie: Sounder
- Song: Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt
- Jazz Song: Days Gone By by Patrice Rushen
- Non-Fiction Book: Payne Hollow by Harlan Hubbard
- Scholarly Book: Words & Values by Peggy Rosenthal
- Series of Books: The Foxfire Books by Eliot Wigginton & students
- Bookstore: Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi
- Supplier for Reading & Writing Tools: Levenger
- Small Town: Oxford, Mississippi
- City: New York
- Sandwich: Muffuletta (with shrimp “po’ boy” a close second)
- Beverage: Barq’s Root Beer
- Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme (with Shipley’s gaining ground every day)
- Hamburgers: Whataburger
- Restaurant: Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville, Tennessee
- Cook: Ronni Lundy
- Food Writer: John Egerton
- Cartoonist: Jerry Van Amerongen
- Dead Composer: Beethoven . . . and his favorite composer, Handel
- Living Composer: Howard Shore
- Painter: Thomas Kinkade
- Public Speaker: Mike Vance
- Motivator: Stephen R. Covey
- Journalist: Charles Osgood
- Essayist: E. B. White
- Grammarian: Edward D. Johnson
- Scholar: James Augustus Murray
- Philosopher: Mortimer Adler
- Statesman: Henry Kissinger
- American Hero: George Washington
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com