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MIDDLEBURG – The path to inspiration can often be as winding as the journey of a lifetime. For one local man, the inspiration was drawn from a self-proclaimed duty to make the world a better place. Harold “Hal” Lerch of Middleburg, a retired engineer, recently published his 25th book, “Modern Morals” available on amazon.com. The new book discusses the role of television in influencing the way we think. According to Lerch, television has changed perceptions, especially when it comes to religion.
“What bothers me the most is when religious people are portrayed as weird lunatics,” said Lerch. “TV shows establish atheism as the norm.”
Lerch started spreading the word in 1962 as a 12-year-old paperboy delivering The Sentinel to subscribers on Logan Street in Lewistown. The job instilled a strong work ethic. He graduated from Lewistown High School in 1968 before graduating from Penn State’s College of Engineering. He started writing in 2001 when he “felt the need to write from the perspective of biblical creation.” He retired in 2009 and resumed writing in 2018.
Lerch combines his engineering background with biblical studies. He sees the gap between creation science and secular science. He believes that independent thought, modern science and archeology support the Bible, although science and the mainstream media relegate many biblical references to myth.
“In terms of evolution, how does a dinosaur become a bird? The escape clause used by secular science is “given enough time, there is always an explanation, but they don’t know how.
Writing was the tool Lerch used to satisfy his passion for truth, but he felt he could do more. To help carry his message, Lerch founded Word to the World Ministries, an organization that publishes and distributes Christian resources in more than 60 languages. The site is available at https://www.word2world.com.
Lerch’s books have now been translated into 75 languages and have become very popular; 1.2 million copies have been downloaded worldwide. Titles include books on Bible studies and Christian living, storybooks for young children, and an adventure series for teens. His books support the idea that the Bible is the Word of God and records real and historical events. Lerch offers his books on Amazon and Google Books. Paperbacks and e-books are offered on Amazon.
Besides his own writings, Lerch has helped others. In July 2019, amazon.com released “God in the Bullpen: The Randy Lerch Story” by Randy Lerch with Harold Lerch. Randy Lerch was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the late 1970s. The book details his baseball battle with alcohol and amphetamines before God saved him.
Years removed from his paper journey, Harold Lerch continues to spread his message to millions of readers.
He and his wife, Jeanne, have two children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They reside near Middleburg.