New Book – My Chapter

Recently I was interviewed via video for a new book in which I am one of several contributing authors. It’s called PEBBLES IN THE POND – WAVE TWO and it’s about life changing transformational events in the lives of each author; and how these events re-shaped the authors worldview, focus, mindset et.

I am excited about this project!

The book officially drops (is ready for public purchase) May 1, 2013.

Although the book is not necessarily a “Christian” book, there are certainly Christian themes and truths presented. The authors are from all over the world. Nine different nations are represented and a variety of theological and religious backgrounds.

It would be similar to a book about world hunger, or sex trafficking, or urban renewal from a variety of perspectives. Some authors may espouse a particular faith or religion, other authors may not come from a religious perspective at all. The commonality is that each writer presents the notion that all of us need to go through significant transformations deep within our own soul in order to be prepared to impact humanity.

So just know up front that you may not agree with every theological or religious perspective that the authors may personally adhere to. However I am sure you will appreciate the depth of personal pain and struggle that each writer went through in order to achieve a life-changing transformation.

In my case, I wrote about a life-changing moment in my ministry in which God totally re-directed my thinking, my values and my goals while I was on the pastoral staff at a midwest mega-church.

Next time I will give you a “sneak peek” of my chapter – so you can read a few paragraphs of what I wrote.

I will get you book purchase info in coming days as May 1 draws near!

Peace, love and grace to you!

Jeff

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Timing is Everything

Comic genius Steve Martin explains the secret to comedy is “all about the… Time-t…ti-ming…. Timing!

I think success is very similar. I have tried to push through some projects and ideas only to hit a brick wall, resulting in complete failure, or frustration. But then there are other projects that seem to have a path cleared out before them. Even if there is a lot of work involved in following them through, there is a sense of “easy” to them.

Right now, one of the projects I am involved with is an adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale “Oliver Twist”. This will be shown for a couple weeks run live on our stage at Rochester Assembly. I am re-writing it specifically for this production. Also our music director is writing new music for it. I am excited to see what we come up with!

We will be auitioning most of the parts. I have already chosen one actor to play one of the main characters. We will see who rises to the top this time around.

One of the reasons I opted for an original adaptation over a pre-existing version is because some of the characters and moments in the original Dickens novel are left out in many of the film and stage versions (including the Oscar winning film Oliver!). I want this version to be a touch darker and even deal with some of the more controversial material Dickens dealt with such as religious insensitivity, child abuse, the neglect of the poor, and basic love for the lower classes of society. But of course, true to Dickens form, there still needs to be plenty of humor and irony.

Will continue to update on this project!