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Bishop Michael Eldon remembered in the book "Faithful Servant"
Jun 7, 2012 - 11:09:06 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - SIDDA Communications Group, Ltd. announces the launch of Faithful Servant; Reflections on the Life of The Right Reverend Michael Hartley Eldon, CMG.  Bishop Eldon served as the first Bahamian Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 234 page hardback book features hundreds of alluring (some never before seen) photos and insightful essays chronicling the life of one of the most beloved and prolific individuals in Bahamian History. 

Spearheaded by Addis T. Huyler, Editor-in-Chief/CEO of SIDDA Communications Group Ltd and Adrian Archer, Editor-at-Large the project was initiated in the weeks after Bishop Eldon’s death in February 2011.  It represents the concerted efforts of the Anglican Diocese, the Eldon/Bethel family and Anglican Community at large to create this tangible memorial to a man whose legacy is responsible for the “Bahamianization” of The Anglican Church.  The release of this book coincides with SIDDA Communications’ second year anniversary of fair and legal trade in The Bahamas.
 
Addis Huyler said, “We at SIDDA Communications are incredibly proud of this project.  It is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate our anniversary by doing what it is that has made us so successful over these two years; that is telling people’s stories in ways that is meaningful and relevant.  Bishop Eldon’s life is one that has served as an inspiration to our entire nation, and so a piece like this was not only necessary, it was imperative.”  Huyler continued, “My hope and intention is that this book starts a trend in memorializing others of our national heroes in these ways.  Their stories are ones that speak to the very fabric that make up who we are as a people and it is important that they be preserved for generations to come.”
 
Sir Orville Turnquest, in his Foreword stated, “This book will truly serve as a reminder, both to the Anglican Church and to our Nation at large, of the immense contribution which was made by Bishop Michael Eldon to our national development, and to the remarkable legacy which he has left behind.”
 
“Collecting the photographs, editing the copy and watching this book develop has taken me down a journey of fond memories and new discoveries,” said Adrian A. W. Archer, Editor at Large.  “I am certain that you, who have had the joy and privilege to work, or be around Michael Hartley Eldon for any period of time, will smile, laugh and cry as you turn from page to page in this book”
 
Faithful Servant will be available for sale on Thursday June 7, 2012 at SIDDA Communications Group office, #11 Shirley Street Plaza (Opposite Better Bodies Gym) or by calling 394-BOOK (2665).  The book will retail for $75.00
 




FAITHFUL SERVANT ACKNOWLEDGEMETNS
 
This is certainly one of life’s full circle moments for me.  I believe that we are all beacons of light for each other.  I remember sitting in the auditorium at St. John’s College in the 3rd grade and watching Bishop Michael Eldon as he celebrated Mass with us.  I thought he was God.  What he represented to me then—and certainly to all who have been impacted by his life and ministry—was a man of monumental faith, profound dignity and a clear embrace of God’s calling on his life.  By simply walking in his truth, he changed the way I saw myself in the world.  To be able to go from that 7 year old boy, to now sitting in the position I do every day as the head of my own company by embracing my calling is truly AMAZING GRACE!
Every day I feel that sense of grace when I get the opportunity to come into people’s lives, both here and other places around the world, though my work and to be able to connect to their heart space in a way that brings a sense of peace and hope of a brighter future.  To be able to share a sense of illumination that sometimes reflects people’s lives and other times opens them up to themselves is, most certainly, for me, AMAZING GRACE.   I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, firstly, for allowing me to be the vessel through which this blessing might flow.

I know that I am nothing if not the culmination of the prayers and dreams of my parents, Vernice Smith and Samuel Huyler and my grandparents Preston and Eugie Turnquest and Pearl Huyler- Strachan.  I thank you for your prayers that the angels would stretch protecting wings above my head. I hope that I always make you proud.

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SIDDA CEO-Addis T. Huyler

The publishing of this book is much bigger than I.  It is the manifestation of the dream birthed first in the visionary Ivan C. Thompson, who knew immediately that a piece like this was both necessary and imperative.  Thank you for trusting me with your idea and giving me the opportunity to give it life.  Thank you to my Editor-at-Large, Adrian Archer for meeting me heart to heart and walking this journey with me.  Your commitment to preserving the legacy of Bishop Eldon helped to fuel my focus along the way.  My success is your success.  I know that Bishop would certainly have been proud of your contribution.

To Dr. Nicolette Bethel and Edward Bethel, thank you for trusting me with your family’s legacy.

To the SIDDA family; Mary Sands-Huyler,  Granerson Johnson,  Theo McClain, Annamae Maycock, Dorita Ojalvo, Sheldira Taylor, it is truly your brilliance that makes my work easy.  Thank you for sharing your talent and your spirit with me in ways that I can never repay.

To the best friend I could have ever prayed for; Dr. Wentia Ford whose friendship and support lie at the very heart of this moment.   I love you more than I could ever imagine was possible.  You are a truly a reflection of God’s love for me.  Thank you for simply being who you are.

Many thanks to my circle of friends and loved ones who hold me accountable to my dreams; particularly Celia Anderson, Jerome Sawyer, Barry Williams, Paul Bartlett, Craig Cates, Pauline Davis, Damien Miller, Raul Rodriguez, Mark Smith, Niall Turnquest, The Huyler family and all who continue to stand in the gap for me.
Perhaps most importantly I want to thank you who continue to choose SIDDA to tell your stories in such a way that connect to the place where your souls abide.  That’s what books like this do.  The thank you comes from a place deeper than I know because it comes from everyone who has made me possible. I  thank you for all the people who allowed me to stand on their shoulders to see my way clear to this place, for every obstacle that I’ve overcome and for every dream that imagined this opportunity to be possible.

I thank God for the life of Bishop Michael Eldon.  My sincerest hope is that he continues to speak to us through these pages and encourage us to seek the best in ourselves and for ourselves.  May the soul of this Faithful Servant forever rest in peace.
 

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