I gotten some questions about writing over the last few months, so I thought I'd answer a few of them here. Hopefully you'll find it helpful. #1 – When do you find time to write? Writing is an extracurricular activity from my position as Senior Pastor at Calvary Fellowship. So a book like Zero to Sixty was written either early in the morning or late at night. I like to say that Zero to Sixty was written between 11PM-3AM for the course of 6 months. #2 – What's your rhythm for writing? A friend told me that a writer is … Read More
Free Preview of Zero to Sixty
Just to give you a feel for what Zero to Sixty is about, my publisher sent me a .pdf of the introduction and the first chapter of the book. So feel free to download it and give it to whomever you want. I'd love to hear some feedback when you read it. The link to download it is here. Enjoy!
New Writing Projects
I’ve been working on a couple of writing projects that I’m really excited about. These are more in-house books that we’re going to use with our church body to help disciple them. – Watermark: An explanation of Baptism – This is a pamphlet that I’ve written to people who want to be baptized. I want people to have an good understanding of what baptism is and I’m not planning on teaching 4 baptism messages a year. So I wrote this using the Watermark chapter from my Elements book, an introduction, and an FAQ about baptism to give people the information … Read More
I just finished the first draft of a manuscript that is going to be my next book. The working title is, “Mirror, Mirror: How your reflection reveals God’s image.” In short, the book is about servanthood. I believe it picks up where “elements” left off. The central theme is still the issue of greatness, yet it focuses on the idea that greatness in the kingdom is being the servant of all. It started as a little pamphlet that I wanted to give to every person that began serving at Calvary Fellowship. The problem was, it kept growing and it ended … Read More
Carey and I checked out of our hotel in LA county and headed south to the OC for a few days. We’re going to relax and kick back. I’m also going to take the opportunity to work on my new book. I can’t wait to really dig in. I’ve got the introduction written and the chapters outlined. In short, I’ve got a lot of writing to do. I’m hoping to be done with the manuscript by the end of the summer.
Thoughts on Publishing… (Part 2)
This is part 2 of a post that I wrote a week ago. You may want to read part one before reading this. If you don’t, I won’t be hurt. When it comes to publishing, you’ve got basically 2 options: Self publish or shop your manuscript. Both have advantages and disadvantages. So I’ll list some of them and let you make your own decision: Advantages to shopping your manuscript and publishing through a traditional publisher: #1 – There is a perceived sense of being “Legit” when you have major publisher’s logo on the back of your book. #2 – You … Read More
If You’re Thinking about Writing a Book…
Having just put out a book in the last 6 months, I’m learning a few things about writing and marketing your book in general that I thought might be helpful to those that are thinking of doing some writing in the future… #1 – Every person who bought my book at the book signing I did the other night had heard me speak at some point. There comes a point in time when you build a name and get some momentum and that carries you (Can you say, "Purpose Driven Life"?). However, when you are putting out your first book, … Read More