BMH author and former Toyota executive, J. Davis Illingworth, and his book, God of Hope, was featured recently in an article in Automotive News. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Dave Illingworth, the son of a Presbyterian minister in Wheeling, W.Va., has always been a man of faith. But the former Toyota executive says his Christianity was awakened as he contemplated retirement in 2008 after 30 years in the car business.
Since then Illingworth’s life has made a turnabout. For one thing he is now a Toyota dealer. For another, he has taken to writing about spirituality. He says he saw an existential crisis among lapsed Christians and felt compelled to address it.
His book, God of Hope, a 153-page paperback from religious publisher BMH Books, is selling on Amazon.com. A Web site, godofhope.net, and a nonprofit organization were scheduled to be be launched last week.
The book is the story of Illingworth’s career, but it also delves deeply into how faith affected his life decisions.
“Because I’m not a theologian or minister, the book is not done in standard Christian lingo,” he says. “It is more ordinary, not as heavy, and it hopefully will make a difference in some people’s lives.”