Holiday book signing to benefit Eblen Charities

Press release from Eblen Charities: 

Are you in the market for a great Christmas gift? Here is an opportunity to give a unique and timely gift and help those in our community keep warm during these upcoming winter months.

On Saturday, December 17th from Noon until 5:00 PM, Barnes and Noble in Biltmore Park will be hosting a special Holiday Book Signing to benefit the work of Eblen Charities and the families they serve. Author William Murdock will be signing his last three books from Tate Publishing with all proceeds going to help families in need in western North Carolina.

“The Inklings at Christmastide” showcases some of the greatest writers of all time and allows the reader to bring them home for the holidays and spend the season of Advent in a new and illuminating way.

For the first time, the thoughts of those who comprised the legendary Inklings, along with those who inspired them and those they would come to inspire, are compiled in one volume to bring to light their wisdom, wit, and faith during the season of Advent through Epiphany.

In this book, readers will meet some of the greatest men and women of faith and reason, whose words have resonated through the decades. From George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Joy Davidman, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams to the more modern days of Sheldon Vanauken and Larry Norman come a new and yet familiar spirit of Christmastide to both new and long time readers alike.

“In The Final Analysis,” Arden resident and author William Murdock brings Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s simple and direct message of service to light for a new generation.

Few lives have had the impact that has touched so many as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her love for God and her service to the poorest of the poor reached around the world, setting an example like no other. She set a pattern of simplicity and commitment that thousands have followed in reaching out to those in need.

“In The Final Analysis” Mother Teresa leaves an enduring message to everyone who is called to serve. Whether one serves across the world or across the street this book will inspire all who read it to continue a life of service no matter what obstacles may occur. The author’s personal relationship and correspondence with Mother Teresa for a number of years and it was through Mother Teresa’s encouragement that so much of the philosophy and work of the Eblen Charities began.

“As I See It – Thoughts on Kindness in Action” brings thoughts and stories of kindness in action to those who wish to find inspiration in a broken world and encouragement to reach out to those in need.
The book shares a wealth of stories, experiences, and reflections on how simple acts of kindness have touched and changed the lives of so many and what a powerful force a life filled with intentional acts of kindness can become.

“As I See It” is filled with accounts from the lives of Mother Teresa, the work of Eblen Charities and the wonderful people and families they have had the pleasure to meet, as well as others who have moved their world with simple acts of selflessness in hopes to inspire all who read it to continue a life of service to others no matter what obstacles may occur.

Author William Murdock is the co-founder and executive director of Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise in Asheville, North Carolina. He corresponded with Mother Teresa for a number of years and it was through Mother Teresa’s encouragement that so much of the philosophy and work of the Eblen Charities began. Murdock is also the author of “The Inklings at Christmastide.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide and internationally and from the publisher at, or by visiting or

All proceeds from the sale of all books sold will go to the Eblen Charities Assistance Programs.


About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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