First-time author hopes novel will inspire personal reflection

By Rachel McAuley

March 28, 2014

LAURINBURG — A New Bern resident who for nearly 30 years mentored children from Laurinburg and surrounding areas as a counselor and eventual director of Camp Sea Gull, in Arapahoe, will discuss his first published book at the Scotland County Memorial Library.

Seventy-four-year-old Lloyd Griffith, whose wife is a native of Laurinburg, said that he’s excited about sharing his book, “Trust the Wilderness,” on May 8 at 7 p.m. Griffith’s book, which highlights his “spiritual experience,” are based on journals he has kept since graduating from college.

One such memory is from April 1967, when he arrived at a camp in Weaverville and was disappointed with the unkempt grounds. Although his first impression of the camp wasn’t positive, he found himself in awe of the beauty of nature surrounding him. In his newfound appreciation Griffith felt as though he was in the presence of God.

Griffith hopes his book, and the discussion, will lead others to reflect on their lives and ask themselves “What can I say about my life when the holy reached down and touched me?”

“God is amidst all the stuff we’re living through,” said Griffith. “If the book is true — if I’m reporting the place I sensed in the presence of God in life — it will help others who are in seeking mode. They can use this book as a guide to look at their own life.”

Griffith, now a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, has also previously served as director of Camp Becket in Becket, Mass.

Griffith’s book is available for purchase on

Rachel McAuley can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 15. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcauley1.