I Have Finally Published My First Book!

A Writer’s Dream Come True

This year has been a tough one but my trials this year have given birth to a lifelong dream. I discovered the gift of writing when I was just seven years old. I don’t mean “gift” as in something I am good at, but that it has been a gift to me since then. Writing has always been the one place I felt safe. It has always been the one place I could turn to without condemnation to process my thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes and failures. I have always written for me until recent years when I wanted to start expressing my faith through my writing.

I fell in love with writing when I discovered it at that early age. For as long as I could remember I have described writing as the art of painting pictures with words. But the pictures I painted before I started writing for others were just for me. To see my thoughts and feelings painted onto a blank canvas through my words was (and still is) therapeutic. As I fell in love with writing I fell in love with books. From childhood I dreamed of being a published author one day and maybe even making a living as an author.

Meet My First Book!

Slaying Goliath ThumbnailLast week I took one small step toward seeing that dream become a reality. My first book, Slaying Goliath, was released last week. It feels surreal and yet I know it is only the beginning. This is the first of many books to come. I am excited about this book because I have written a lot of books over my lifetime. It’s only natural to write books you hope will get published when you start writing, and dreaming of being a published author, as early as seven years old. But it’s also a learning process and just because it was written doesn’t mean it should be published. I have waited my entire life for this book – one that was actually worth publishing.

What’s It About?

You can read the official book summary here or on AmazonSlaying Goliath is based on eleven biblical principles that are found in the story of David and Goliath. How did David take on a seasoned warrior and win? How did David know he was going to win? Why did David want to fight Goliath? Why David? We’ve all heard the story. But I promise you haven’t heard the story told like this.

Slaying Goliath isn’t about David and Goliath though.  It is about you, your life, your giants, your struggles, your dreams, your goals, and becoming the person God has created and called you to be. It’s a quick read too. Only 136 pages and each chapter is only ten pages long.

Why I’m Excited About It

I’m excited about this book because it is both inspirational and practical. It focuses on challenging you to set big goals, dream big dreams and think outside the box. At the same time it is not really a self-help book because the underlying message of the entire book is that you cannot be a giant slayer without being the person God created you to be. But it isn’t a preachy book. At least, I don’t feel like it is.

I tried hard to stay away from that because preachy books aren’t practical books. What I call “preachy” books are those books that tell you everything you are doing wrong and all the standards you should be striving to live up to. But they don’t give you practical tools from the Scriptures on how. They only give you the what and why. Personally, I’m a practical guy. I like to know the how along with the what and why. Have you ever started a new job that you’ve never done before and all the training is focused on what you should be doing? Then they send you out to do everything they just taught but all they taught you was the end goal and not how to get to those goals.

That’s how preachy books are. “Get out there and slay giants! Set big goals! Think bigger than yourself! Become a giant slayer! Be like Dave and not Israel!” Sounds great but how do I do that? What made David different from the res of Israel? “Faith!” Again, sounds great but why was his faith stronger than the rest of Israel? Truth is, it was a lot more than just faith. There is so much meat in the story that I have never heard expounded on before and Slaying Goliath really brings it to life in light of how it applies to us today.

Birthed in Trials

What I love most about this book though is that it was birthed through trials. I stumbled across these eleven principles while going through a very hard season in life and digging into them as I wrote this book has literally changed my life. The opening lines of the introduction best explain this:

This book was conceived in trials, challenges, pain, disappointments and personal failures. Thus, it will naturally speak to those who feel like they are facing overwhelming trials. However, although the book was conceived in a painful place; it was joy, hope, purpose, strength, faith courage, comfort and sacrifice that gave birth to it and brought it to life. Therefore, it will speak to your pain and challenges but it will not leave you there. God will never leave you there. – Slaying Goliath, xiii

If you are going through a hard time in life, this book is for you. If you feel like you are facing some Goliaths that are too big for you, this book is for you. If you feel called to take on some giants that are bigger than you, this book is for you. If you are not sure what God’s will for your life is, this book is for you. If you are not entirely sure about this whole God and Jesus thing, this book is for you. If you want to take on some goals or challenges that feel impossible and don’t know where to start, this book is for you.

Long story short, I am excited about this book because there is something in it for everyone, wherever they are at in their journey, to get them where God wants them to be. Order your copy today.

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