Inspiring New Book Shares the Life and Times of Dynamic Religious Couples

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Gertie Mae Talton tells the transfiguration of Apostle Lobias Murray and his wife, Evangelist Shirley Murray.

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Leadership has been an especially endowed position where people of obscure beginnings are promoted to the heads of organizations. In today’s society, religious leadership is greatly needed. The Bible is the ruling authority on leadership both religious and secular, and those who lead successfully do it in the strength of God.

In her book titled The Murray Transfiguration, author Gertie M. Talton writes about the life and times of two distinguished religious leaders in Apostle Lobias Murray and his wife, Evangelist Shirley Murray. It is a progressive biography that includes a chronological poetry diary which seeks to inform those men and women of God about His perfect plan to restore all creation to have a right relationship with Him.    

Emerging from obscure and humble beginnings in east Texas (Jacksonville), Apostle Murray excelled academically and graduated from Goldsberry Chapel High School in Henderson, TX. After graduation, he served three years in the U. S. Army (a Korean War veteran). While serving his country, he was introduced to the former Shirley Hollis in a pen pal relationship. After he returned home from military service, God had already begun His outreach to Hollis, for her to live a sanctified life. But she had doubts about how her relationship with the shy, quiet-spirited Murray would prosper. All of these things came to naught after she made up her mind and serve God. However, Murray still had a background of vice, of smoking, and of using profane, curse words. All of this had miraculously changed when he was also sanctified. In the end, her modest ways and wholesome charm won his heart and they soon graduated from a pen pal relationship to one of courtship, love and a happy marriage that lasted for 61 years.

Apostle Murray is a man of vision, integrity and wisdom. He has been a mentor, role model, example and father figure for all. An honorable and upright man of God, his character was consistent with his life and message. He preached holiness and he lived holy. He has been a commanding voice for God preaching salvation, deliverance, healing and miracles. His unquestionable faith and the laying on of hands to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost are the hallmarks of his ministry. Evangelist Murray surmounted great obstacles and proved to be a woman of great patience and faithfulness. Not only had she weathered years of disappointments and despondency when her only son was ill, but she remained faithful to her husband. This dynamic couple has become faithful vessels of God and His work.

Upon reading The Murray Transfiguration, readers will learn how faith has been tested, moved and changed this God-ordained couple who were sanctified by God. Indeed, the meek and humble couple from Jacksonville, Texas serves as role models of the literal interpretation of God’s words.

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About the Author
Gertie Mae Talton is an avid Geneaologist. A Louisiana native, she is a retired English teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in English/Library Science from Grambling State University. She also became Assistant President of the C.H. Mason Club, was inducted into Lambda Iota Tau Literary Honor Society, with another milestone as a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, a constant fixture on the college Dean's List, and a Cum Laude graduate of Grambling State University. She has been a staff writer for the Gospel Truth Magazine, a subsidiary of the Full Gospel Holy Temple Church, Incorporated (1978-1981).
The Murray Transfiguration * by Gertie M. Talton
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Publication Date: May 7, 2012
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