Why my next book WON'T be Christian...
In 2008, I did something drastic…
I left my university, my $40,000 per year scholarship, and my comfort zone
Because I had questions about God.
If you want the full story, I recommend you read my book On Purpose.
Over the next 10 years, my spiritual quest took me on an adventure I could have never imagined which included:
- Traveling to Haiti only days after their horrible earthquake
- Fighting not 1 but 2 life-threatening illnesses
- Attending, leaving, and then eventually graduating from seminary
- Marrying my dream girl (an ENTIRE adventure in itself – definitely the subject for a future book)
And so much more...
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During this time, I wrote 12+ books on faith, Christianity, and my own spiritual journey.
I did this because I was desperate for answers.
I had questions no one would answer or even acknowledge.
And so the only thing I could do was seek them out on my own through in-depth mentorship, huge theology books, and consistent questioning.
Over time, it worked.
I found the answers I was looking for.
Or perhaps, it’s truer to say that I became a person shaped by the answers I found.
Which brings me to where I am today.
Writing a new book…
That ISN’T about my faith.
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The short answer is: I have new questions.
My wife and I have a healthy spirituality. We’re continually growing and challenging each other, along with the beautiful community we have landed in.
But this new season has led to new doors opening and new questions being asked.
What areas in my life need rewriting, improving, and pruning?
How can I become a more faithful and productive steward of my money?
What is the most significant impact I can have?
Since you are on this journey with me, you have seen a taste of what is to come:
- I know some of my focus needs to shift to helping others write their books
- As a self-employed man and husband, how can I best use my time and money to leave a profound legacy?
- Where do the biggest opportunities lie to change the world for good?
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Like I did before, as I discover these answers – they will inevitably shape the writing I produce.
I write all this because I want to be 100% transparent with you on this journey.
So many of you have trusted me by reading, buying, and sharing my books – something I really never could thank you enough for!
Going forward, my spirituality will inevitably shape my work. But, unlike in the past, it may not be the sole focus of my work. Regardless, I hope to continue this journey with you.
Will I write more on spirituality in the future? Undoubtedly. I feel like this quote gives the reason well:
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back.
So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.
And the people there see you differently, too.
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett