Getting Real: An Interview with Gretchen Carlson

If you watch cable news, you’re no doubt familiar with Gretchen Carlson.

Gretchen has just released a new book called Getting Real which contains her life story.

I caught up with Gretchen recently to discuss her new book.

Enjoy and grab a copy!

In your book, you give people an inside peek behind the TV personality. What motivated you to give people this inside look at your life?

Gretchen Carlson: When people watch me on TV they see part of my life. I wanted to let them know the real me behind the scenes. The child who was a concert violinist from the age of six. The young woman who took on the challenge to compete in the Miss America pageant. The television journalist for twenty-five years.[Continue Reading…]

Why You Should Read More Books & How You Can Do So Quickly

Most of you are influencers of some sort. Many are pastors, teachers, authors, bloggers, professors, and people who are involved in some kind of ministry. (So says this year’s blog survey,)

Recently, I caught up with Dave Frederick – a Vineyard pastor and President of Leaders Book Summaries – to ask him about why it’s critical for those who have influence to read many books. Here’s the interview along with a free perk at the end for my subscribers.

Why is it important for those who influence others to read many books?

Dave Frederick: If you want to influence or lead other people, you have to keep learning and growing. You can’t really lead people beyond where you are yourself. Reading allows you to benefit from other’s experiences and grow in wisdom without having to recreate the wheel every time. And it’s a great way to gain information that you need to help yourself, and others, move forward. None of us knows all we need to; the most effective leaders keep investing in their own growth so they have more to pass on.[Continue Reading…]

Into the Fray


Matt Mikalatos has written a new book called Into the Fray: How Jesus’s Followers Turn the World Upside Down.

I caught up with Matt to discuss his new book.


Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Matt Mikalatos: It’s tempting to read the Bible as a theological guidebook rather than a communication from God. We tend to engage with our minds, leaving our emotions at the door so we can see “what it really says.” Certainly this can be a legitimate way to engage essays and arguments, but the narrative parts of the Bible are meant to be experienced and felt. They are stories. “Into the Fray” will hopefully allow readers to engage with the book of Acts as a story… to experience the wonder, insights and even entertainment that story was meant to evoke in the original readers, and to let that story be transformative rather than prescriptive.[Continue Reading…]

Your Sacred Yes


Susie Larson has just come out with a new book. It’s entitled Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy.

Recently, I caught up with Susie to talk about her new book.


Share one or two experiences that shaped the insights in the book.

Susie: About fifteen years ago, a distinguished woman invited me to breakfast though I barely knew her. And what she had to say to me about knocked me silly. I’d been running myself ragged doing all kinds of good things, church things even; but I was about to receive the wake-up call of my life. She leaned in, looked me square in the eye, and proceeded to tell me how once upon a time both she and her husband were respected leaders (like us), and busy at church (like us), and their lives bore lots of fruit (like us, it seemed). But in an unrealized moment of vulnerability, her husband fell morally in a very public way, and their lives came crashing down around them. At the time of our breakfast date, she was still sorting through the wreckage of his choices. She leaned in and said:[Continue Reading…]

WOW! The Results of the Survey for 20s & 30s Are In!

We’ve spent several weeks compiling the results of our two surveys in June.

Today, I’m featuring the one-question survey results for Christians in their 20s and 30s.

The 17-question 2015 Blog Reader Survey will be posted next week.

Here are the results of the survey for Christians in their 20s & 30s (the age group which makes up a large portion of this blog audience.)

The question was — “What is the greatest struggle that Christians in their 20s and 30s face today?”

Here were the top 10 answers that were repeated the most:[Continue Reading…]

The Paranormal Conspiracy


Have you ever wondered about UFOs, haunted houses, alien abductions, ghosts, mediums, etc.? Have you ever desired to know what was behind all the fuss?

If you have, Timothy Dailey has written a new book called The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings where he explores the paranormal world from A to izzard.

I caught up with Timothy to pelt him with questions (cough), I mean, to interview him on his book. :-)


Instead of asking, “What is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “How are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Timothy Dailey: Something very alarming is afoot. Western culture is experiencing an unprecedented explosion of fascination with all things paranormal, as indicated by the quadrupling of the number of television shows featuring paranormal themes. With few exceptions, these programs implicitly accept a view of reality representing a radical sea change from that of our forefathers. Half a century ago, ESP, mediums, ghostly hauntings and other paranormal phenomena were relegated to the fringes of society. Most people looked askance at such practices as “wacky” or viewed them as dark (“occult”) arts to be avoided. UFO sightings were a rarity, and “alien abductions” were unknown.[Continue Reading…]

Gate Crashers: The Offensive Church


Joe Kohler has released a new book. It’s called Gate Crashers: The Offensive Church.

I caught up with Joe to discuss his new book. Enjoy!

Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Joe Kohler: My hope is that readers will be edified and encouraged to examine some of our modern church practices that currently reside in a theological blind-spot, particularly the function of evangelists in the body of Christ. We are not the first generation to inherit practices and traditions that we accept without thinking about it. Whether readers agree or disagree with my conclusions, at the very least they can expect to be challenged to think about God’s purpose in and through His church.[Continue Reading…]


Bryan Bishop has written an interesting book entitled Boundless. It’s a book that explores global missions and church expressions.

I caught up with Bryan to discuss his book.

Enjoy the interview.


Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Bryan Bishop: In my 20 years as a mission researcher, I’ve had the opportunity to witness believers in Jesus around the world following the Bible in their own cultural ways, sometimes in ways so different from ours that they might make us uncomfortable. Eventually, I realized I was seeing four biblical principles that could help believers even in America, Europe and the Christianized parts of the world go deeper in their relationship with God. These principles can also help youth in the West who have drifted away from faith find a doorway back to Jesus. I think readers will also find new hope that the changes they long to see in the world can really happen.[Continue Reading…]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Online Work

People regularly ask me for advice on blogging. In fact, one of the things I do to earn my living is consult authors, writers, bloggers, musicians, and business people. I do this work primarily through the Buzz Seminar Master Course along with 9 other presenters.

But there’s an entire technical side to blogging. This is where Jeremy Myers comes in.

Jeremy is my go-2-guy for all things technical. This would include website design, blog set up, and the 1,001 problems that come up along the way.

He’s also gotten me out of many last-hour jams when something went wrong on the back end of the technology.[Continue Reading…]