July 19th, 2007 14:53 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Doug Wahl, Author of Gradually to God
Doug Wahl is an award winning broadcast journalist who has spent the last 12 years covering some of biggest events in recent American History. As an anchor and reporter he`s worked in Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma and New Mexico. In that capacity he covered one of the worst tornados on record, an F5 in May of 1999 that killed more than 44 people in Oklahoma. He`s also covered the 2000 Wildfires in New Mexico, the espionage case against Los Alamos Scientist Wen Ho Lee and created a consumer reporting unit that in three years helped viewers in Albuquerque save more than 1point 2 million dollars.
In 2003 he left the on camera " work behind and moved to newsroom management. This new portion of his career started at WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As the Managing Editor for the CBS affiliate Doug ran the newsroom during three weeks of wall-to-wall coverage on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also oversaw the coverage of the Baton Rouge serial killer, the West Nile Scare and the 2003 LSU National Championship football season.
In March of this 2005 Doug moved to Wilmington, North Carolina after accepting the job of Assignment Manager for WECT TV. It is his job to select the day-to-day content of each newscast and manage the staff of reporters and photographers who gather the news.
On a personal note, Doug has a two year-old-son and attends Port City Community Church here in Wilmington.
Gradually to GodGradually tells the story of how a devout atheist in his 30`s finally found God. It is part memoir, sharing the details and turmoil of my life and search for a higher power, but it is so much more than that.
When my religious search began I was discouraged my the number of believers who approached me with bible in hand. They treated me like I was a virgin on a college campus. To convert me would be the ultimate conquest. They seemed to have the opinion that if they shared a line of scripture with me then a light bulb would ignite in my head and my future would be saved. They never understood the depths of my doubt. I didn`t become a nonbeliever overnight. It only happened after painful hours of soul searching. Finding God again meant going through the same process. Gradually takes the reader through a step by step process of how they can rebuild their faith.
Unlike other spiritual memoirs Gradually is written specifically for the readers to apply their own story into the text. Each chapter ends with three questions designed for self examination . We discuss how your first images of faith as a child still determine your relationship with God as an adult.We look at the current state of Christianity and wonder if being associated with certain high profiled religious leaders deters people from accepting Christ. Gradually deals with all the unanswered questions and doubts and shows the readers how they can still develop faith even if their questions never get resolved. We wrestle with the Cross and together try to figure out who Christ really was. Gradually explains the Holy Spirit and shows readers how it tries to get their attention. Finally we talk about the walk and how one is always in the state of becoming a Christian, that none of us actually get there.
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