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Biography of Winston Menzies,
Author of The Spirit of Texas
Pastor and author Winston MenziesIt was only after receiving copies of his great-grandparents' obituaries from an elderly family member that Winston Menzies discovered the need to document his family's history before it was lost to future generations. It wasn't until he realized that if he didn't do it, no one else probably would, that Winston began the information gathering process in earnest. And even then, he never imagined a book like The Spirit of Texas would be the end result.

"I had no idea what I was getting into," he admitted. "I thought it would be maybe fifteen or twenty pages of interesting facts about the family, but I just kept uncovering more and more information. It ended up taking me four years to write the book. It was a real joy and labor of love. Still I never dreamed The Spirit of Texas would be what it has turned out to be."
Asked what he'd like his readers to take away from the book, Winston said he hoped they'll be inspired. "I would like for them to recognize that God created them for a reason and that they have the genius to do something important with their lives. That's what I hope for. That they realize they can be independent and work for something meaningful in life�against great odds�just as my great-grandparents and all the men and women who settled Texas did. It's still possible today."
"I would like for them to recognize that God created them for a reason and that they have the genius to do something important with their lives."
Due to his father's military career, Winston was born on a military base in Nevada and spent his childhood living all over the United States, including in Texas many times. After leaving high school, he returned to the family's home state to attend college, graduating from Texas A&M where he received his pilot's license and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
While not officially born in Texas, Winston freely admits he still considers himself a full-fledged Texan because of his family ties and ranch there. "I've always been in Texas a lot. They say," he joked, "there are only two kinds of people in this world: Those who live in Texas and those who wish they could."
Following college, Winston became an Army Ranger, served as a platoon leader in the 82nd division and later was selected to be aide to the Commanding General. Volunteering twice to command rifle companies in Vietnam, he finally served as a Brigade Adjutant before resigning his commission as a Captain to pursue a career in business. After founding several businesses in the real estate field, he was called into the ministry at the age of 44.
Today Winston oversees an evangelical ministry serving a number of prisons, jails and youth development centers in the Atlanta, Georgia area and serves as pastor of Greater Grace Church, a non-denominational church in Covington, Georgia. Additionally, he is the director of the Shepherd's House, a residential recovery ministry. He has also written a number of books and seminars. Winston believes he has about the most exciting time in life anyone could ever hope for. He and his wife, Donna, and their horses live in Conyers. They have two grown sons.
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