Face Behind the Books: Pam Taylor
Pam Taylor has been a non-denominational, ordained, “freelance” minister since 1989, traveling where she is needed most. From baptisms to funerals she is often called upon for spiritual advice. The heart of her work and her true passion is to minister to the dying and their families.
How Did She Get Involved with Books to Benefit?
Books to Benefit is in her blood. Pam’s cousin and founding board member Stephanie introduced her to the book sales many years ago. Stephanie’s mom and Chief of Operations Norma Valentine encouraged Pam to see if volunteering “felt right.” Since her sister Linda was a volunteer, Pam joined Linda one day in September 2016 and hasn’t turned back since. “It feels good to know that I am serving the community while supporting literacy,” shared Pam.
What is Pam’s Most Memorable Books to Benefit Story?
“For me, Books to Benefit is an extended family,” shared Pam. “We are a diverse group of people, each with our own unique personalities and talents, who come together sharing these talents and embracing our uniqueness. We make a difference in the community by supporting one another with a sense of warmth and family. It doesn’t get better than that!”
Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey is her favorite book. This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. She has read it many times and continues to reference its teachings.
Yancey is, “by far,” her favorite Christian American author, leaving a lasting impression on Pam. He has written several other books, including Gold Medallion Award winners: Where is God When It Hurts? (1977), Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (1980), In His Image (1984), NIV Student Bible (1986), Disappointment with God (1988), Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants (1983), What’s So Amazing About Grace? (1997), The Bible Jesus Read (1999) and Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage (2001). Look for his works in the Spirituality section at the next book sale.
In addition to Christian titles, she veraciously devours books on the paranormal, inspiration and spirituality.
When it is time to relax, Pam enjoys visiting old Victorian cemeteries and taking photos. She finds them to be museum-like–peaceful, full of history, folklore and full of beauty. Her Facebook site, “To Dust We Shall Return,” boasts over 2,400 followers. She created the site to post her photos and to share the love of cemetery exploration.