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Author holding benefit for hospital auxiliary
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Forsyth County News


Terry Dodd’s book signing to benefit the Northside Hospital Auxiliary is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Hobby Lobby on Atlanta Road.

In his latest book, local author Terry Dodd delves into the past to tell a story he hopes will bring good fortune in the future.

“The Carpenter: The First Century Man’s Struggle with Faith,” Dodd’s ninth book, was released in March.

Saturday, he will hold a signing event to benefit the Northside Hospital Auxiliary at the Hobby Lobby on Atlanta Road in Cumming.

The auxiliary raises money and offers services to hospital patients and their relatives. Among other duties, members serve as guides around the campus, offer support to patients’ families and run the hospital’s gift shop.

Dodd, who has been involved with the service organization for five years, said he currently holds the position of interviewing volunteer applicants.

Dodd, who plans to donate $5 of every book purchased at the signing event to the auxiliary, said he sees the event as a way to give back.

“We do a lot of fundraising,” Dodd said. “We give a lot of scholarships to people who are going into the medical field, and I thought, ‘Well, I can contribute to that as well.’”

This will be Dodd’s second fundraiser for the auxiliary. In May 2012, he held a signing there for his book “Journey with Outstretched Hands.”

An author for 20 years, Dodd said the inspiration for new titles can strike without warning.

“It’s usually something that’s at the top of your mind for some reason — whether God plants that idea or it comes from seeing one thing and thinking of another,” he said. “I was for some reason thinking of first century Christians and the things they had to struggle with.”

Dodd said the fictional novel takes place in the town of Nazareth, following a character growing up with Jesus and reacting to him once he is proclaimed a savior.

“It has a lot to do with faith because Jesus himself said a prophet has no honor in his hometown,” Dodd said.