MOODY — Byron Davis said he “never sat down to write a book.”
The 82-year-old retired pastor — who recently retired as a member of the chaplain group with the Moody Police Department — said he compiled the book at the urging of friends and family members. The result, “All Things Considered,” is a compilation of articles and submissions to various publications over the years.
“I wrote the book without the intention of putting it in a book form,” Davis said.
Davis’ career in ministry spans over 60 years, mostly in the state of Alabama. He attended seminary in New Orleans, and served as pastor in Scottsboro, Reform, Cordova, Centre and Phenix City. His most recent job was at Valley East Baptist Church. He retired recently.
“It was just time,” he said.
The book’s title, Davis said, comes from an old saying he heard as a boy, listening to men discuss various issues of the day.
“It’s an old phrase you’d hear from the farmers,” he said. “’All things considered, Joe is a good guy.’
“The Lord said to me, ‘Byron, I know you, I know your whole life, your sin, everything. And all things considered, I will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Hebrews 14:5).
“This book is proof that He meant that.”
The book contains excerpts from various points in Davis’ life, which also includes a stint on the Birmingham City Council and some time at DSA, Inc., a Dallas-based company that helped to build churches.
Davis said he is currently organizing his schedule to make people aware of the book’s availability. He spoke Monday night to the Moody City Council, and is already planning to address groups at various area churches. As of press time, it was not available in any stores, but Davis will have them to sell at his appearances.
“I just wanted to preserve some of these stories,” he said. “Maybe someday, if my grandkids want to sit down and find out more about the old man, maybe this book will be important to them.”
“All Things Considered” by Byron Davis is available in paperback and hardcover. For more information, contact Davis at 205-936-4231.