What I’m celebrating:
My brother, V.C. Jones III a.k.a “Trey Jones” published his first novel! Now, in my family, the writing thing is genetic. My grandfather was a best-selling civil war author, and my father was a playwright. One specialized in fiction, and the other in non-fiction. So when the gene pool decided to trickle over into the next generation, it neatly divided into two streams. Make no mistake, my brother is the smarter of the two of us, and his writing is fantastic. I’ve read most of what he’s written on the editorial side for content, and I’ve been impressed. It’s called “Nali’s Wager” and is a fictional
fantasy epic novel about the origins of Kris Kringle in a Viking pagan background. Some of you have heard of the Nordic Krampus legend? Well, this is a Kringle that Krampus fears. Part super-hero, part Santa, part norseman, this is not your Victorian Father Christmas. You can grab his book over on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nalis-Wager-Virgil-Carrington-Jones/dp/1724227211/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539368627&sr=8-1&keywords=nalis+wager&dpID=513gj4sl-ML&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
What I’m working on:
More trenches. More digging. More dirt. ‘Nuff said.
What I’m excited about:
My friend, Linda Berquist wrote a book recently called City Shaped Church Planting. In it she outlines a type of church planter called a “Sojourner”. On her facebook page she wrote: “Just had a phone call from a man who has planted several churches. He puts together a core team, finds and trains a co-pastor, grows the church to 75 or so, then gets ready to start another church. He does all of this while working a full-time job. His introductory words to me: “I don’t know if you will want to work with me. Most people are looking for church planters who want to stay at one church and grow it. I don’t think that is what God s calling me to do.” God bless this man! May his tribe increase. This is what we call a “Sojourner” style of planting in our new book, City Shaped Churches.” This is what Andrea and I do…and we call them ninjas. Shhhhhh! Of note, the network that I founded, New Breed Network, was once called “Sojourner’s Way” interestingly enough…
What’s in the works:
After deciding to lay down writing for a while, I entered into conversations with two major publishers after two meetings in a two-day periods and think I’ve come out with a couple of book contracts. Nevertheless the process was good for my soul. Being willing to abandon anything we hold dear is an essential part of our walk with God.
What I’m contemplating:
My beautiful family. They are amazing, and no matter what goes on in my life, the past years have really brought home what matters. I lost my mom, my wife has had various bouts of cancer, my baby has had multiple surgeries on lung, spine, and possibly other parts of her body coming up. All of this puts everything else in life into perspective, and my tough little family has been homeless for the past year. If I can do one thing…just one…it’s to lead with love, and provide for them until I breathe my last breath. God is teaching the apostle in me to slow down and smell the roses. Hard to believe I adopted my first little baby 10 years ago. I held that little gift from God in my arms the first night in the hospital, Andrea and I taking shifts, and she stared up at me not even 1 day old as I talked to her. I bonded with her that night, and my Daddy Daughter Dates are one of the best times of my week. Liberty goes and gets a Frappaccino, and I get a coffee, and we talk, laugh, watch stupid things, and bond. Tonight, I get to brave a laundromat for the first time in 31 years, because we are still moving that gas main. But I get to be there with my wife…and that’s the coolest hot date I’ll ever have…just being with her. How’s that for a mushy 5-star?
Buy Peyton’s newest book “Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art” over on Amazon.com. You can also download a free chapter and watch a cool trailer for the book HERE or click the image below.