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Writer says God inspired her to write new book

September 16, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Gertrude Dixon says that when she begins writing a book, she seeks direction from God.

Her second book, "Healing for the Nations," is available now at Shepherd's Table and in Christian Light bookstores.

"It was God who inspired me to write this book," Dixon said. "He wants so much for his people to come together in prayer for families and our nations."

Dixon said troubles have plagued the human race since the beginning of time but never as they do today.

Her solution may seem too simple to work but Dixon has seen the power of prayer in her own life and knows what a powerful force it can be.

"Only through prayer and giving up wicked ways can we heal our sin-sick society," Dixon said.

She stresses that message in contacts with people and emphasizes it from her pulpit at Capital Heights Revival Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., which she founded 21 years ago.


And, she said, she lives it every day.

"Some days, God wakes me at 4 and 5 in the morning," Dixon said. Sometimes she writes, sometimes she just listens to God through her prayers.

Rarely is she still. A whirlwind of religious fervor, Dixon speaks at other churches, presides at weddings, and shares her vision with anyone who will listen.

A native of Florida, Gertrude Brown Dixon found her way to Hagerstown when she married Joseph Dixon. They have a daughter and two grandsons.

An appetite for learning and education led her to a career in the ministry. She studied at Hagerstown Community College and graduated from Antietam Bible College.

Later she earned her bachelor of theology degree from Calvary Bible College in Pasadena, Texas, and her master's and doctorate in Christian counseling from Cornerstone University in Louisiana.

Her first book, "Counseled by the Spirit," dealt with her work in Christian counseling. Even then, the theme of healing those in pain was beginning to emerge.

"God has told me that I have seven books to write so I guess there will be five more," she said.

In addition to the stores where her latest book is available, it can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Alan Greijack at Gateway Ministries in Williamsport, 301-582-4595.

Written requests can be sent to Dixon, c/o P.O. Box 2659, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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