A local minister has self-published a new book chronicling the development of Habit for Humanity, the international non-profit group that builds homes for the needy.

The Rev. David Rowe of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church based the book on his own experiences with the organization. He was Habitat's president for nine years, as a board member for 13 years and its director of operations, the church said.

"My Habitat For Humanity: the (Mostly) Good Old Days," tells the story of Habitat's early years, its growth in popularity and success as one of the world's largest charities, according to a church news release.

Habitat for Humanity was started 35 years ago and has built more than 500,000 homes with the poor across the United States and around the world, the church said. Volunteer teams comprising people from numerous backgrounds, races and religions have built houses in partnership with families in need.

Rowe's book traces the growth of the organization's mission, from its roots in rural Georgia to worldwide recognition. His Habitat career bridged the highs and lows of life, both personal and organizational, the church said. The stories in this book, the church said, show the greatness of Habitat, the weakness of people, the power of faith and the importance of mission.

Rowe is scheduled to read excerpts from the book at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. A question and answer period will follow.

"My Habitat For Humanity: the (Mostly) Good Old Days" is available by contacting Rowe by email at DavidRoweGHCC@aol.com, from Lulu.com or by calling the church at 203-259-5596.