Canaan Land (Author Interview)




Canaan Land looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it? Canaan Land is the story of a con man preacher named Brother Billy, who fleeces the flock by performing fake miracles, like claiming to call down gold dust from the golden streets of Heaven.  He falls in love with a sincere Christian woman, an evangelist named Sister Sara Sunday.  Billy realizes his con game isn’t a game anymore.  I draw upon my own experiences and memories as a young man when I was involved in the world of televangelism and conducting large healing services.

There is a movie coming out, as well.  When is that being released and what can you tell us about it?  We finally got back to work yesterday editing the Canaan Land film.  We had a three month work delay due to the covid situation.  The film is coming out for the holidays this year, which is good timing because the story bookends at Christmas time.  In the beginning, Brother Billy is kicked out of the Beverly Hills mansion he is living in with his girlfriend.  She catches him cheating and is tired of supporting him.   He begs her not to kick him out at Christmas time, but she yells, “Out!”   Billy ends up homeless and jobless until he meets Sister Sara and sees her and her ministry as a Canaan Land,  which means a Promised Land, a chance at prosperity, one last con he can pull.  The end of the film is Christmastime a year later.  Sara has kicked him out after realizing he isn’t a true believer, just a fraud.  Billy, though agnostic, prays for one Christmas gift, to get his faith back again.

What inspired you when writing Canaan Land?  I’ve known a lot of sincere friends who have been taken by Christian con men.  The gold dust stunt Billy does in my novel, as far-fetched as it seems, has really happened. A church in California put gold glitter from a craft store into the HVAC system of their church building, and claimed it was a miracle.  Thousands flocked to them.  They charge gullible young adults $3000  a semester to attend their unaccredited school of “supernatural ministry” to learn to do miracles.  It is like a Christian Hogwarts.  I have a passion to get people to think critically, and realize they don’t need to look outside of themselves for guidance from the Brother Billys.   They can trust the still, small voice inside them.  The Bible says in 1 John 2:27 “The anointing of truth abides inside you, you don’t need to follow a man to teach and guide you.”  I was inspired by seeing these victims of religion to set the captives free and expose the faith healing tricks of the Brother Billys.  Televangelists have sent me nasty messages because they don’t like the tricks of the trade revealed.  I was also inspired by experiencing recovery from religion myself and reclaiming my life and my mind after years of indoctrination in the fundamentalist and evangelical world.  1 Timothy 1:5 says a healthy faith expresses itself in love and a sincere heart.   I was inspired by my experience in changing my worldview, changing my concept of God from an angry judge to a loving Heavenly Father.   My own journey from fundamentalism to freedom, from guilt to grace, gave me the inspiration to write the novel contrasting faith that hurts with faith that heals, the wheat versus the tares, the fake versus the true.   

A Gift to Remember (Author Interview)




A Gift to Remember looks like an exciting Christmas themed book.  What’s the core message of the book?
In this unique children’s book, Santa will inspire families to REMEMBER what is truly important in life: kindness, family, and love. It also serves as a gentle reminder of the greatest gift - the tiny baby that came to save us all. The story and illustrations also promote holiday magic, imagination and joy.


What age group is the book for?
The book is for ages 3-8. However, I think deep down we all are kids at heart. Families of any age will enjoy reading the book.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?
Thank you- I have to agree it’s beautiful as are the inside pages! I had the honor of working with illustrator Ylber CĂ«rvadiku. He masterfully captured the whimsical quality of Christmas coupled with its important message. The mailbox on the cover symbolizes all of the precious letters sent to the North Pole each year. Santa’s furry friends are always around, so be on the lookout for them hidden in the pages. The magic dust you see falling, well… you will have to read the book to find out what that is all about!


When did you decide to become a writer?
My young son inspired this work with his letter to Santa. For the past two Christmases, we have created this tradition in our home and it has been wonderful. It was then I knew the words needed to be shared.

You May Be, But God Is (Author Interview)



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You May Be, But God Is looks like a great book.  Any plans to turn it into a series?
"You May Be, But God Is" is a devotional with plans to turn it into a motion picture film. Currently, there is a short film that accompanies the book known as, "Faith in the Desert" and follows the journey of a military man that is lost in the desert and searching for water. He finds the living water. The film can be found here https://youtu.be/eo3MuVFRrZQ


How long did it take you to write You May Be, But God Is?
"You May Be, But God Is" was written diligently in six months through trials and tribulations. 


What inspired you when writing You May Be, But God Is?    
"You May Be, But God Is" was inspired by my family and my faith. I grew up without a devotional like this and if I had one similar to this as a young kid maybe I wouldn't have gotten into a lot of trouble.


Can you tell us a little about You May Be, But God Is?
"You May Be, But God Is" is a gratitude devotional that reminds readers that there is always something to be thankful for. This gratitude journal enables readers to write what they are happy and grateful for each day.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing You May Be, But God Is?
With a lot of things going on in the world, it was hard to pick the right words and scriptures that can impact people on a positive Christian level. I spoke with God and he sent me that right scriptures and words to say. 

Make One Sound (Author Interview)



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Make One Sound looks like a great book. What can you tell us about the message?

The message is to the world through the Body of Christ, demonstrating oneness before the world. Because the church is making many different sounds, the church has failed to convince the world we are serving the same God. It is our charge to operate as members of one body, the "Body of Christ," which works together and make a beautiful sound in the earth. This sound is forgiveness, love, and unity, which reflects God's glory in the earth.


How long did it take you to write Make One Sound?

It took me about seven years to finish this book.


What inspired you when writing Make One Sound?

A message God gave me to preach in Europe in September 2013 inspired this book. The Scripture text came from 2 Chronicles 5:11-14. The title of the message was “See the Same Thing, Speak the Same Thing, Make One Sound.

The different messages presented to the world by Christians must change if the world is to believe that God has sent His Son (John 17:21).


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Make One Sound?


Yes, I had to shorten the book to get it published. I have so much more revelation on the subject to share; however, I did not want the book to be too long.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I work full time, serve as a local Pastor, and as a member of the Board of Bishops for Unity Christian Fellowship, Int.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

https://www.uicdi.org/

God-Minded (Author Interview)




God-Minded looks like the perfect book for our times. Can you tell us a little about it?
Absolutely. Most Christian women I meet struggle with fear, doubt, insecurity, feeling unloved, and insignificant, or some combination of those things. They believe as the Bible says, that God created us to live abundant and free lives as believers. YET, no matter how hard they try their lives dont reflect that truth.

I know what its like to be stuck living a defeated and hopeless life because I lived most of my life that way. I also know what its like to crawl out of the pit of despair with more freedom and joy than I ever thought possible. And thats why I wrote God-Minded! Women need to hear and believe this message that will bring peace, transformation, and purpose to their lives. 

A question I like to ask Christian women is this:
What do fear, doubt, insecurity, peace, joy, and hope all have in common? 

 They all start in your mind! 

Our thoughts are powerful, they can be a force for GOOD or a source of CHAOS in our lives. 

I wrote God-Minded to:
              Break down the strongholds of fear, hopelessness, and insecurity in your life.
              Transform your mind using a simple and practical process found in the Bible.
              Build a Biblical foundation of truth to combat the lies in your mind.
              Empower you to step boldly into a life of freedom and purpose.

By the end of God-Minded, you will be able to embrace the life God created you for.  A life of God-Minded purpose, freedom, and endless possibilities.

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Humanity's Guide to Prosperity (Author Interview)





Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity looks like a great financial guide.  What will readers get out of your book?
I would hope that the readers would get a better understanding of how their finances work and how stewardship works and they can achieve any financial goal they want, but at a minimum they should get better understanding of how to spend a dollar, why their children’s education is important, and how being a servant or steward for God can not only change their lives but their children’s lives and others around them as well.

How did you come up with the ideas and concepts in Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity?  
All the ideas and concepts within the book is knowledge that I have acquired over time. I myself was struggling at one time financially and after reading and learning all that I could and becoming financially independent. I wondered why there wasn’t one book that had a majority of the answers to achieving your financial goals in a way that not only helps the reader but helps to make this world a better place and Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity was created.

What inspired you when writing Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity?   
As I talked about before the inspiration was to take many sources of information and put that into one place so that the reader would not have to purchase as many books as I did to find the answers. Now the biggest motivator was this epidemic that we find ourselves currently living in. I wanted to make sure there was a beacon of hope that many people could turn to help themselves instead of waiting for someone to rescue them.

When writing Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
When I reflect back there is not any one thing that stands out as far as information other than did I put enough information in the book or did I put too much information in the book. I tried to keep things in context and reduce the amount of opinions  and keep the facts. I know one thing that was particularly challenging was that I am not a book writer by trade so that made things interesting. I relied on what I would expect from a book and I believe that it was achieved.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Well since this is my first book and I can promise you that I enjoyed it and there will be more to come. Usually when I am not writing I am the Chief Financial Officer for Jp Chrones & Co. We (Jp Chrones & Co.) assist Individuals, Couples, and Business’ with their finances utilizing Bible Based Financial Principles. I volunteer at my church and run a mentoring program for veterans.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
The easiest way to find out more would be to go to our website www.JPChrones.com on there not only is the book available in our resource page but more information on our company is there and we are always ready to serve anyone that may need help to achieve their financial goals.

Playing to Lose (Author Interview)




Playing to Lose looks like an interesting personal journey.  What type of readers would be interested in your book?

The audience for “Playing To Lose” would be anyone who wants an inside look at this insidious and progressive disease and the stranglehold it has over those addicted. It’s a biography, a human-interest story, a battle between good and evil, a love story and it’s about perseverance and hope. If anyone is considering reading a book about recreational, problem, compulsive or pathological gambling, this books for you. Playing To Lose takes the reader on an epic journey of ups and downs spanning my 35-year addiction to the bet. I would recommend this book to anyone who is addicted, knows someone who is, or would just like to know more about this illness.


Can you tell us a little about the book?  

This is not a story about hedonism, adventure, and the inevitable collapse of my gambling escapades. In the book, I dive into the very start of my addiction and how it manifested over a lifetime, I try to find some insight into why it was so hard to push back against the poison that made me feel so good. As I begin my recovery treatment, I discuss what’s working, not working, and why recovery is so difficult to achieve, in real-time. Gambler’s Anonymous and therapy have unearthed some of the emotions, memories, and perspectives that led to my addiction that I now need to purge and confront as they arise.

My addiction became unmanageable and I didn’t know why or how to stop, and I felt conflicted about my behavior every day. I struggled with my addiction as a Christian and how it went against everything, I believed in. I felt lost, empty, and alone with the looming fear of the mounting debt and how it would affect my loved ones as a result of my decisions. A prison of isolation was built from my shame as I attempted to keep my feelings to myself and figure it out “on my own”, only to find redemption from the loneliness when I found others occupying the same prison.  

Sharing my story is one of the many ways I’m not only attempting to help others fight alienation but to find clarity and answers to my own questions. 
           

What I Learned When I Died (Author Interview)




What I Learned When I Died looks like a unique book.  Can you tell us a little about what it’s about?

Well, thank you for asking. I’ve written/co-authored nine other books, and they’ve all been really special to me, particularly Letters to Ethan, which is a series of letters I wrote to my grandson after he was born.

But the creation of What I Learned When I Died: Life Lessons From Heaven actually began when I was born, and then died shortly thereafter. Because of my death, I was immediately baptized as a Catholic and, with no heartbeat for an extended period of time, was pronounced dead by the delivery room doctor. It was in those moments between life and death and then coming to life again that I experienced the presence, the peace, and the love of God in the most beautiful of all places, Heaven.

The shocking experience of almost losing their first-born son emotionally froze my parents to the point that they never discussed it with me until my mother shared the story during my teenage years. The more I thought about it after our tearfully joyful discussion, I began to discern even more clearly some of the things I had been thinking, feeling, and experiencing as I grew up.

And so, from those teenage years until I wrote the book, I’ve spent countless hours reflecting upon the time I spent in God’s arms and the lessons I now know He wanted me to learn and to share. And those ten lessons are the subject of What I Learned When I Died.
           

How long did it take you to write What I Learned When I Died?

Honestly, it took my entire life to write the book in my head and in my heart. When I had it all figured out, I just sat down and typed it in about two weeks. Trust me. I asked God a lot of questions along the way. I just didn’t want to sit down and write about an event. I wanted to share a deeply personal story that was practical, meaningful, and something that would offer hope to those that read it, as well as some practical advice on how to experience and enjoy a little bit of heaven on earth, despite the myriad of disappointments and challenges we all face along the way.


What inspired you when writing What I Learned When I Died?   

Not long ago I served as a hospice chaplain here in Florida. When I became a part of a patient’s death journey, for example, many of them would feel guilty that they had not “been to church” for a long time and, in some cases, decades. In spite of that, the life stories they shared with me were replete with examples, often heroic examples, of  living a Christian life. One young hospice patient, twenty-eight-year-old Shannon, convinced me that sharing what I had experienced when I was born would help others to see and to feel God’s presence not only in a church, but in many other places as well. Shannon was homeless, lived in the woods, but walked to a mission once a week to help a local minister distribute food and clothes to the poor. She died on our hospice service with no family except our doctors, nurses, and care staff. Serving Shannon’s spiritual needs during her final days with us at hospice inspired me to share my story with others.

Framing Your World (Author Interview)

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Framing Your World looks like an interesting book on faith.  Can you tell us a little about the book?
 Framing Your World Against All Odds is a book on faith and overcoming obstacles.  All of us endure some type of negative word and stigma spoken over our lives at some point.  People will speak all manner of evil over your life.  I want you to know “you are not what they say”.  “They” may be family, friends, church members, associates, or your enemies. God has given you the power to “Frame Your World” with what you believe and the words that you speak. How long did it take you to write Framing Your World? I started writing Framing Your World right after my first book release “Positioned to Prosper” in 2018.  It took about a year and five months from beginning to end.    What inspired you when writing Framing Your World?     I was inspired by God and my life.  I have had to walk out the principles in this book throughout my life.  I have had to overcome challenges, issues, and problems.  I knew from a young teenager that God had more for me.  I refused to give up and I fought to become the person I am today.  

How did you come up with the ideas in Framing Your World?
 
The ideas in Framing Your World was birthed through prayer and life experience.  As a Christian Life Coach and Counselor I encounter people who have allowed what others have said to dictate how they live their lives.  After seeing this time and time again I decided to write and help people get free.  I want people to know no matter what you have endured you are an overcomer.  

Greater Grace (Author Interview)




Greater Grace looks like a fantastic devotional book.  How did you design and pick your devotions?

For some of them I let the hymn inspire me to seek out relevant scripture and study it. For others I knew what passage of scripture I wanted to write about and found a hymn that fit well. I really wanted to go deeper than most devotionals that have a short bible reading and commentary that is focused only on that specific portion of scripture. Using the hymns to ground each devotion really helped me to think in terms of themes and God’s message to us regarding certain topics (ie. prayer, freedom, mission, grace etc) and seek to understand concepts holistically rather than be laser-focused on a few verses. I tried to include as much relevant scripture as possible in addition to the devotional reading in hope that readers would spend significant time meditating and reflecting on each devotion.


What will readers get out of your book?

I hope that readers grasp the fulness of God’s grace as they are invited to reflect on each hymn and the related scriptures. God’s grace is not just for salvation, it encompasses all the benefits available to us as God’s children- His love, wisdom, strength, rest, courage, freedom…the list goes on! The Christian life is so more than knowing some inspirational bible verses, listening to Christian speakers, and attending church programs. It's an invitation to know and walk with God and be transformed by His love. It’s a life of purpose and glory. Every time I open my bible and ask God to speak to me- He does, and it is changing my life. I want everyone to have that experience; not just in the hard seasons of life, but every single day.


What inspired you when writing Greater Grace?   

I was inspired by the poetry of the hymns and the timeless truths they declare. Some of them I have sung my whole life, some I discovered while writing this book. Hymns have transcended generations and cultures because they are so rich with the truth of who God is and what it means to follow Him. I thought they were the perfect backdrop for studying scripture with a fresh perspective.


When did you decide to become a writer and any plans to write similar books?