Here’s the latest Indie Author Spotlight, a religious non-fiction exploring questions in the Christian community. If you want to interview with me, check out the form here.
Matthew Milam II
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Being that “The Jesus Command” is non-fiction, there is no plot… at least not one that follows a storyline. The book is an effort to provide suggestions that possibly answer a simple but complex question. How do we love like Jesus did? It was an action that was commanded of those who would be “His Disciples.” Mankind has defined love in a vast variety of ways… all of which fall short of the perfect Godly love dispensed by Christ. Hopefully, the book will help jumpstart the conversation within the Christian Community, as well as with each individual who is serious about his or her walk of faith. By using Christ’s own words, Scripture, Biblical Principles, and the actions of His closest followers; I make the attempt to look at Discipleship as Jesus intended it to be understood.
What was the inspiration for this story?
Long before this project was thought of as a book, it was the topic of discussion in our weekly Bible Study Group. Very early on, as I became the instructor, it was clear to me that a better understanding of Biblical Discipleship was necessary in order to move forward. With a diverse group of people comes many conflicting and diverse concepts. Many of which are entire misconceptions, deviating from what Scripture and the Bible teaches. We decided to explore the subject from a Biblical standpoint, with our focus on finding what Jesus wanted understood. With that in mind we then turned to to those who knew Him personally. The men who sacrificed their lives to further His teachings and spread what they thought was important to Him. After all, this was the start of the Church, and the closer we return to the original model, the closer we’ll be to the original intentions. That study continued for two years and I’m sure we only just scratched the surfaced.
About six months into the study it was suggested to me that my notes and handouts were beginning to look like the pages of a book. That was the first time that I really considered it. The more I thought and prayed about it… the more obvious it became that I would go on with the project. The thing that stood out to all of us is in the fact that we’re not the only ones who could benefit from a serious look.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I try to both read and write something every day. As a Minister, this is not a hard thing to do. There is plenty of opportunity for both. I guess it’s how I view these everyday occasions that the habit part kicks in. Whether its reading or writing, I’m always asking myself if the subject is one that I want to explore as a future project.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
For me it’s expression of thought. I know full well what I want to say, but can I say it in a way that will allow you to understand what I understand. It may be the case that I’m just a stickler for clarity. It just seems like a whole lot of trouble has gone to waste, especially as a writer, not to be fully understood. Then there is the call of my ministry duties. They always seem to come along just when I think I have the time to devote to getting something done.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
When People Are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
Very… It’s like the signal flair of a person stranded in an isolated remote area It may be your only chance to get noticed.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Right now I’d say John Perkins, the author of “Let Justice Roll Down.” I’ve met him and can identify with where he has been, the road he’s walked. We both share a passion for those still in the trenches of life.