I’ve always wanted to be a writer, since a very young age. And I’ve always thought that meant books. Over the years I’ve attempted a few:
Imagine the opportunities our churches are missing out on because we’re too busy doing what we’ve always done. What can our churches quit? We’ve got 166 ideas. It’s not a checklist to work through, but a list of [sometimes contradictory] suggestions to help your church evaluate what you’re doing. This is permission to stop doing something that’s no longer working. Our churches are busy. We’ve got burned out staff members and over-committed volunteers. We’ve got members too busy to show up every week and visitors wondering if we notice them. Learn more >>
A practical guide to reading a lot. It’s about falling in love with books again and discovering the habits to help you read more. Author Kevin D. Hendricks read 137 books in 2012 without giving up TV, a day job or becoming completely antisocial. He shares what worked for him, including carrying a book everywhere (including church), reclaiming idle moments (software loading), and not being ashamed of genre (he’s partial to post-apocalyptic sci-fi).
It’s a quick read so you can absorb the ideas, figure out what might work for you and fall in love with reading again. Read more >>
A short, goofy little story about two girls who are both named Stephanie. Sharing a name causes all kinds of problems and the two girls continually square off. This one was a collaboration with my daughter, Lexi. We wrote the story together and she drew the pictures. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we shared this picture book with the world. Read more >>
Church Communication Books
I’ve edited and contributed to a number of church communication books as a part of my role as editor of Church Marketing Sucks. Read more >>
These are the gritty, unfiltered voices of America’s homeless. While their stories are often ignored, they’re not invisible, thanks to the efforts of InvisiblePeople.tv founder Mark Horvath. He travels the country collecting and sharing raw, unedited videos and gives voice to the nation’s homeless. These are the stories of real homeless people, collected and retold from InvisiblePeople.tv videos. Interspersed with those real life stories are reflections from social media experts, nonprofit heroes, technology executives and more, sharing their connection to homelessness and how the inspiring example of InvisiblePeople.tv has impacted them.
It’s time to move beyond the stereotypes and stop looking away. It’s time to open our eyes. Read more >>
A work-at-home dad turns to Twitter to share updates about kids, causes and life. It’s a curated selection of bizarre quotes, funny stories and temper tantrums. Woven between potty-training woes and breakfast time songs is a family growing through adoption and learning how to change the world, one status update at a time.
You’ll find humor, parental commiseration and life-changing wonder mixed into a quick and compelling read. Read more >>
2004, 2006, 2008
I’ve written several novels as a part of National Novel Writing Month, and even published a few in a fit of self-indulgence for what amounts to a literary demo tape.
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Mike, The Cat
In first grade I wrote and illustrated the “Scotchcott” award-winning children’s book Mike, The Cat. It tells the thrilling story of how Mike the cat woke up the entire family so they wouldn’t be late for work or school. What a hero, that Mike. Read more >>