Rita Spillyards, a 30-year former resident of Pine Bluff, is "coming home" to present the November/December book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St.

Rita Spillyards, a 30-year former resident of Pine Bluff, is “coming home” to present the November/December book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St.

She will review “Socks for Christmas” by Andy Andrews.

Andy Andrews, hailed by a New York Times writer as a “modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” is a best selling author and in-demand corporate speaker for the world’s largest organizations. His book, “The Traveler’s Gift”, previously reviewed at a First Baptist book review by Dr. John Lytle, was a featured book selection on ABC’s Good Morning America and spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Andrews has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and toured military bases around the world.

“Socks for Christmas” is autobiographical. It is a simple, yet powerful story of a child’s discovery of the true riches of Christmas. Andrews recalls Christmas 1968 when he was a 10-year-old boy for whom Christmas was all about fun, food, and who gets bragging rights to the most loot under the tree. As for that boring old gift of socks, he might have to say thank you, but he didn’t have to like them.

But, something would happen one Christmas that would change Andy forever. “Socks for Christmas” is the poignant tale of the Christmas when he learned a significant secret: how to have a grateful heart … even for a simple pair of socks.

In celebration of Advent, Spillyards will segue from Andrew’s book to a few excerpts from Advent Devotional booklets produced by First Baptist Church, as well as other area churches. Essays written by fellow Pine Bluffians will be highlighted.

Spillyards grew up in North Little Rock and now resides with her husband, Tom, at Rogers, where he is a banker. They have two children: Jeff, an attorney, who resides with his wife, Emily, a clinical dietitian, in Little Rock; and a daughter, Suzanne, who lives in Rogers and is a sales forecaster for Daisy Outdoor Products.

Spillyards graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology with teaching credentials in communication. She later earned hours in counseling from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She taught communications and English courses at Pine Bluff High School, served as minister of education at First Baptist Church and director of education and outreach at Rolling Hills Baptist Church at Fayetteville. She currently serves on the board of trustees at Ouachita Baptist University and is involved with Bible Study Fellowship in Rogers, serving as pianist. She enjoys writing for church-related publications.

Immediately following the book review, door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. The public is invited to attend.