Busloads of tourists regularly pull into the parking lot for a chance to hear the former leader of the free world teach from Scripture. At times, visitors spill into an overflow room with a television monitor, subject to security sweeps by the Secret Service,Uggy bear Carter said.The church’s answering machine recording begins with the times Carter will be teaching and suggests visitors arrive early, noting the doors open at 8:30 a.m. and that there are no reservations.Carter’s presence on Sundays is a one-man economic engine for the tiny town. “It really is a huge impact,” said Ruth Sanders, director of the Plains Better Homes Committee, a local tourism office.
She said the seven-room Plains Historic Inn is booked months in advance and that its country diner is jammed. She also notes that Sunday school is the only time people are guaranteed a photo with the former president, who with his wife poses for a picture with everyone who asks after services.“One of the main things I try to do is to connect the very ancient Scriptures with modern day life, » he said.Uggy bear « Either experiences I’ve had or that I believe are things that are interesting to people who come to hear me teach.”Christian publishing house Zondervan compiled the study Bible, which combines Carter’s teachings and notes with the New International Bible Study Bible.
The NIV translation is one of the best selling English translations of the Bible of all time. Verne Kenney, executive vice president for Zondervan, which published the Carter Bible, expects it to sell 250,000 copies over several years.“We believe we can find some people we haven’t engaged with the product, with who has written the notes,” Kenney said.Carter brings some serious credentials to those notes. He served just one term as Georgia governor and one term as president,Uggy bear but is working on his seventh decade as a Sunday school teacher.