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Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible’s emphasis that “Jesus must increase, and we must decrease” (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place. Continue Reading…

b33c14a2-d822-4703-872e-1a2dffb300b0@2xNoah Filipiak interviews 2016 Christianity Today Book of the Year (in the Category of The Church/Pastoral Leadership) award winner Dr. Zack Eswine.  In addition to the award-winning The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack is also the author of Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression, Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with our Culture, Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes and Kindled Fire: How the methods of CH Spurgeon can help your preachingZack pastors at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, MO and is the Director of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary.

Like the themes in Zack’s writing, this interview is essential listening for pastors who struggle with burnout, significance and self-striving.  So much of what has become normative in church culture for pastors is the opposite of what Jesus taught and modeled for his followers.  Zack exposes these things with such grace, experience, and wisdom, offering the rest of us the hope from the hamster wheel of ministry he has found in Jesus.

You can follow Zack on Twitter and Facebook.  His website and blog can be found at www.ZackEswine.com

You can listen to Noah’s interview with Zack Eswine below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes (if you like what you hear, leave some feedback!)

 

In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur.  Sarah’s book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005.  Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar:  Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still PointNoah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life.  In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God’s kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value.

You can listen to the interview with Sarah below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes

Sarah’s website: www.SarahArthur.com

Sarah’s complete list of books

Connect with Sarah on Facebook

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Promo for Sarah’s most recent book Between Midnight & Dawn:

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakSusie Finkbeiner has written three novels, with her recent A Cup of Dust being released today, October 27th, with Kregel Publishers.  In this episode, Noah Filipiak interviews Susie about exhaustion, how to handle exhaustion, the superficiality of “puppy hug and rainbow kiss” Christianity (and Christian fiction), politics and how to stay grounded.

Jump in on Susie’s Facebook party tonight (Oct. 27th) to celebrate her digital release of A Cup of Dust (a.k.a. watch funny videos of Susie and win free stuff!) 8pm EST tonight: Visit her event page for more details.

Novels by Susie:

Paint Chips

My Mother’s Chamomile

A Cup of Dust

Susie’s Awesome Mullets:

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Connect with Susie on Facebook and on Twitter and at her website and blog www.SusieFinkbeiner.com

“The Exhausted Author” article by Susie Finkbeiner on BreathConference.com

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST EPISODE WITH SUSIE FINKBEINER BELOW: (or subscribe on iTunes)

 

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakEpisode #7 of “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast is here!

In this interview I talk with Zachary Bartels on the balance of being both a pastor and a Christian fiction author.  We talk about the required “self-promotion” of the author world and the safeguards that have to be put in place to make sure this doesn’t become sin.  I share my own insecurities I faced when I began trying to get published, including embarrassing moments due to this insecurity.  We talk about making money as an author and using fiction as a medium for communicating gospel truth like a ninja.

Here’s where you can listen to my interview with Zach:

Please subscribe via iTunes, which you can do here: applepodcasticon https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atacrossroads.net-behind-curtain/id973462875 –if you like what you hear, it’d be awesome if you could leave a positive rating and review on iTunes.

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