NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 10, 2013) – Author and musician David Teems recently was featured at Gloria Gaither’s Sacred Saturday Brunch, an annual event hosted by the Gospel music icon in the Common Place room at Gaither Family Resources in Indiana. This year’s brunch was titled “The Bible Speaks English.” Teems spoke to the audience, who gathered for a meal and the presentation, about his latest Thomas Nelson book, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice.
“What an experience we had with David Teems and his insights into the real man behind the name William Tyndale! Everyone who filled the Common Place gained a new and genuine appreciation for the wordsmith that gave us the Bible in English—and such beautiful and memorable English that it is rivaled only by William Shakespeare,” says Gaither. “Not only is David Teems a deep well of scholarship and careful research, he is also an articulate inspirer who can make his historical subjects come alive for today’s Bible readers. A shared banquet of typical English foods—King James would have been proud—gave all who attended time to discuss and ask questions, and to share favorite passages from the King James translation that borrowed so much from the work of William Tyndale. We all left thinking of several friends and family members with whom we would have loved to have shared this amazing experience.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Gloria Gaither, speaking at her event about William Tyndale and the history of the English Bible,” Teems says. “The entire room that morning, myself included, was swept up in a passion that made the Bible come alive, particularly the Bible as shaped by the English translator and martyr William Tyndale, who lived from 1494 to 1536. Most of those who attended had little idea how our beloved English Bible came into existence, who gave it life, or how it came to have such a lovely voice that scholars, Christian and non-Christian, still applaud today. If James Stuart, who is better known as King James, was the king behind the King James Bible, then William Tyndale was its chief musician.”
Teems, who has participated in various Gaither events through the years, is a contributor to the recently-released Gaither Homecoming Bible, a Thomas Nelson Bible edited by Bill and Gloria Gaither. During the Sacred Saturday Brunch, Gloria Gaither shared with the group that she and Bill pray the Gaither Homecoming Bible will help the everyday reader better understand the message of the Bible, much in the same way Tyndale’s translation gave the common person access for the first time to God’s Word.
Photo caption: David Teems, left, recently spoke at an event hosted by Gloria Gaither, right, at Gaither Family Resources. (McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)
About David Teems:
In addition to his current release, Teems is the author of To Love is Christ (Thomas Nelson, 2005), And Thereby Hangs A Tale (Harvest House, 2010), Discovering Your Spiritual Center: The Power of Psalm 119 (Leafwood 2011) and Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2010). Majestie was the centerpiece of Thomas Nelson’s recent 400th anniversary celebration of the release of the King James Bible in 1611. The biography has earned accolades from reviewers, including Publishers Weekly, who calls it “…a delightful read in every way.”
Teems earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia State University. A talented musician and songwriter, Teems has recorded eight albums, including three spoken word recordings: Hope, More Hope, and Speak To Me (Scripture and music). Teems, his wife Benita, and their family live in Franklin, Tenn.
About Gaither Family Resources:
Gaither Family Resources is located in the heart of central Indiana in Alexandria, where there is more than 5,000 square feet, housing a unique selection of gifts, books, home decor, garden accessories, creative toys, infant gifts, body care products and all the current releases from the Gaither Gospel Series. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious meal with a homemade dessert or gourmet coffee from The Gaither Café.
Through the years, folks from all over the world have visited Gaither Family Resources, where the staff is blessed to offer guests a wide array of unique events, including Fall Festival, children’s learning experiences, decorating classes, English teas, literary and comedy nights, Christmas and Easter events and much more. A variety of inspiring authors, singers, comedians and others have visited, including Gloria Gaither, The Gaither Vocal Band, David Teems, Chonda Pierce, Calvin Miller, Beverly Lewis, Walter Wangerin, Leonard Sweet and many of the Homecoming Friends.