My Books

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:

137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading

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 >>

The StephaniesThe Stephanies

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 >>

Outspoken: Conversations on Church CommunicationOutspoken: Conversations on Church Communication

The church has the greatest story ever told: The message of the gospel. Unfortunately, most churches aren’t doing a great job of communicating it. This collaboration from the creators of Church Marketing Sucks brings together more than 60 different authors, covering marketing, design, technology, leadership, creativity and more. I contributed two chapters and edited the project. Read more >>

Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of HomelessnessOpen Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness

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 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 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 has impacted them.

It’s time to move beyond the stereotypes and stop looking away. It’s time to open our eyes. Read more >>

Addition by Adoption: Kids, Causes & 140 CharactersAddition by Adoption: Kids, Causes & 140 Characters

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 >>

Least of These: A NovelLeast of These: A novel

Kara, Brick and James form a trio of survivors, the last of a now-dead community. They wander a post-apocalyptic world where humanity’s savagery has already ruined civilization and now threatens survival as well. James is always looking to the east and the hope of the promised land, Brick is quiet but strong and Kara yearns for simple hope. This young, world-weary trio encounters a man full of hope and promise—he’s either a wise guru to lead them forward or a foolish old man. Written in 30 days as a part of National Novel Writing Month in 2008, Least of These is published as a rough draft and available as a free download or purchase as a paperback. Read more >>

Turn Left At the Blacktop: A novel

Nobody likes their first day of high school. It’s even worse when you have to do it again. But when Anwyn’s sister kills herself and the family falls apart, moving to small town Kansas and starting over doesn’t sound so bad. But being back in Kansas where she spent so many summers with her family, Anwyn finds that her sister’s suicide is still a problem. Also written as a part of National Novel Writing Month, this sophomore effort is currently being edited.

Downtown Dandelions coverDowntown Dandelions: A novel

The quiet college student Sedgewick has a history of pain and loss, which all comes to the forefront when he meets Allison, a pretty girl with a much more immediate loss. Together they have to confront death and love. Written as a part of National Novel Writing Month, this debut novel was published in a fit of self-indulgence for what amounts to a literary demo tape.

Mike, The CatMike, 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 >>

A work-at-home dad wrestles with faith, social justice & story.