Where has the time gone?
A couple of years ago while speaking at the Faith Biblical Counseling Training Conference on the topic of domestic violence I quipped at the lack of Christian books addressing domestic violence, stating that I owned them all. A voice from the back of the room bellowed, “You should write one!” I quickly responded, “You should publish one.” I have had several friends encourage me to write over the years but frankly, in my mind, I was already punching above my weight class as it were. The pastor of a small church, in a small town, in a small state I was blessed to be given any platform to raise awareness, and while I had actually attempted to submit book proposals the previous year I was becoming convinced that writing may be out of reach. I started blogging in 2014 as an outlet, giving voice to some thoughts and concerns. I thought a few friends might read it and I could practice my skill as a writer by making my thoughts concise, limiting myself to 500-700 words. It was fun, and a great deal more challenging than I thought. In fact the blog became a faith stretching experience for me as it exposed my own insecurities and fears of failure. The process itself was healthy for me and with a growing confidence, and continued encouragement, I submitted one more book proposal.
The fall of 2014 I received word from a publisher who was interested in my work. I quickly began to send whatever I could to her and within a few weeks we had reached an agreement and I began to write. The added stress and the time required to write the manuscript meant that something in my schedule had to give, and the blog was put on hold. I appreciate each of you who have reached out to me over the past year out of concern and to those who have patiently waited as I finish the book. With that said I am pleased to announce that my first book, “The Heart of Domestic Abuse; Gospel Solutions for Men who Use Control and Violence in the Home” has been released. Currently, this book is available through my publisher at www.focuspublishing.com
Growing Partnership with Leslie Vernick
Many of you may be aware of my friendship with Leslie Vernick, author of The Emotionally Destructive Marriage. Leslie and I recently co-lead a seminar at the AACC World conference entitled “Counseling Strategies for the Emotionally Destructive Person.” The seminar was a success as hundreds of people helpers personally attended and many recordings were purchased from the conference bookstore. Leslie and I are committed to continuing this work through a unique mentoring program we’ve established called EQUIP. EQUIP is an on-line support community of Christ-centered people helpers who desire to receive monthly mentoring and case consultation, sharpen their skill set with professional expertise, and be connected with others who share common goals for sharpening and support. If you’re interested in being a part of EQUIP you can find more information here https://un184.infusionsoft.com/app/page/equip/
What about the blog? The new opportunities are exciting but the same old fears still nag at my soul. Will I start posting again? I think I will, but I need your help. God has been so good to allow me to speak and write in this space and I truly want to honor Him with my words. So, what would you like to discuss? What topics would benefit you as a reader? How can I use this space to benefit the Church?