Many of you know that I’ve been toiling away writing a book. It’s been an interesting process. In the beginning I felt that bringing a book to life from pixels to page would be more inclusive for many of you. Though somewhere along the way, I’ve realized that writing is had to be a solitary endeavor for me. The process was less about sharing the detailed process of story structure, timelines and deadlines and more about keeping focused on listening and capturing what my heart was revealing. I can tell you it has been an adventure filled with amusement during the deliberate, and often interrupted, transformation of this book.
A few months ago I hit a major milestone in the process when I submitted my manuscript to Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins. What followed were copyedits, artwork, and photography that were developed, submitted, and amended. In the wake of it… I realized there is a central question that everyone has, “What is Framing Faith?”
Well… in a world moving way too fast, Framing Faith is a book for people seeking to focus their lives, to find a deeper knowledge of God, and a more authentic Christian faith. In this modern age, many of us fill every “spare” moment we have rather than taking an intermission to see the true works of God and realize that he is present in every moment.
So for those who thought this was a photo-book, it’s not, rather it’s a unique blend of original content through anecdote and elements of original photography that produce engaging conversations about faith. Life is like a photograph, it sometimes requires that we slow down and capture a moment in time.
This is more than a book; this is an experience that communicates truths in a fresh way, allowing one to really hear them, as if for the first time. And the questions and unexpected presentation will lead you into a place of honest self-examination, causing you to ask, “Am I listening to God?” Framing Faith provokes everyone toward reflection; it reveals God is in everything we see and do.
I cannot wait to share this book with you and the world when it releases worldwide in July.
What is it about endings? Why do they always seem to make us sad. Is it the goodbye or the end of a story that leaves us wanting more? Or could it be the fear of the unknown? Regardless, endings seem so final.
For me as storyteller, endings bring a sense of wonderment. They are these transitions filled with possibilities, hope, renewed interest, and the rekindled passion that one can learn to reach beyond unnecessary limits. These hedge-stones bring new perspectives that allow us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. They bring focus to daily challenges and allow us to begin to understand the complex and to shape our lives. Maybe that’s why I see endings as something positive; endings mean a changed life.
Last week I brought to an end another chapter in my life’s story. Three years ago I joined Fellowship Technologies charged with changing the world by changing the church world. And in a blink of an eye we merged with ACTIVE Network a company charged with an even bigger mission to make the world a more active place. As Creative Director of Marketing I spent the last few years helping them go public, redefine and rebrand. Additionally, I helped push through the boundaries on how ACTIVE went to market and most importantly developed a strong culture of story.
The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings. – Dave Weinbaum
Though I’m at an intersection in this particular part of my story and the pages have yet to be penned on my next chapter, I’m thrilled to be joining the Gateway Church team as Creative Director. To add more excitement, I’m delighted to announce that my book “Framing Faith” will be releasing from Thomas Nelson on July 10, 2014. There will be more on all of this in the coming weeks along with a lot of other exciting things. And though this is an ending of sorts, I have come to realize while there maybe sadness, endings no matter how hard are beautiful, because they make way to wonderful beginnings. Endings are holy intersections.