Monday, September 26, 2016

A Bookish Chat with Inspirational Children's Book Author I Have Faith

Davin Whitehurst lives in the beautiful high desert of Southern Arizona with his wife and son. He is releasing his first book "I have Faith" in May of 2016 but has so many more that are in the making. The motivation behind the books are deeply rooted from in his own past. He is a living testimony of Proverbs 22:6. Growing up in Southwest Kansas and in a Christian household, he was trained up in the way he should go. By the time he became a teenager, Davin turned away from God and left church. Fast forward into his late twenties and God brought him back with a powerful calling. He and his family have been faithfully serving at Seed of Abraham Christian Center International for over seven years now. Proof that when we teach our children the way they should go. When they get older, they know where to turn and will not depart from God. Davin wants each book written to be a resource that parents have to help train their children in the way they should go. He writes stories in a simple way that will be fun and practical for every child. He wants children to get excited about faith and the things of God.

His latest release is the children’s book, I Have Faith.

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Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children
Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.
This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am an independent contractor for multiple government agencies and that’s all I can really say about that. I also started my own publishing company this year called Childlike Faith Publishing. That has become almost a full time job or at least I treat it that way.

I love music and have been in the music industry since I was sixteen years old. I love producing and writing music but have taken a little time off from that because of the book.

I spend the rest of my time with my wife and son playing basketball and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Southern Arizona. Studying my bible and spending time with God along with going up to the mountains and hiking are some of my favorite things to do.

When did you start writing?

I have always been a dreamer and a creative person, but about 8 years ago I began to get book ideas. It was not until a little over a year ago now that I finally started to finish my first book and really step into my calling to be a writer.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Getting a story completed instead of just an idea in my head. I always write things down: ideas, stories, and life in general. I just never started writing any of these things and creating them into finished works. One day I was sitting in a car with a co-worker and he showed me a painting his wife had just finished. I had just come to the realization a short time earlier that I needed to finish I Have Faith. That was the point that I knew I found my illustrator. That was the moment writing and illustration came together to finish my first book.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would go to a secluded beach somewhere. I love the calming sounds of the ocean and the peaceful setting of the beach. To me it would be an ideal place to write a book. I don’t know though, that may just be a fantasy.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I would spend it with my family. My wife and I get very busy with our work and starting our own businesses so sometimes we are apart a lot. It would give us some time to go hiking and get some good family time in.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Ancient Japan, as it can be such a mystical setting and can have action and magical characters. The architecture and environment is beautiful and I think it adds some intrigue to a story. But the culture is what gets me. I think being able to bring that out in a story would be fun.

Back to your present book, I Have Faith, how did you publish it?

I Have Faith is published under my own publishing company. I looked at submitting to publishers but decided not to. I thought I had waited long enough to get this story out and I could get it done myself. I also looked into vanity press solutions. Not to knock any of them but I knew I could get the book done in excellence and none of the other companies matched the spirit of excellence I was looking for. I am business minded though, so it just made sense for me to do it myself.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I traveled back in time. This story is based from a time in my childhood where I wanted a dog. I had asked God for a dog about a month before Christmas thinking I was going to get it for Christmas. My mom didn’t want us to have a dog, but I thought I was ready for one. Months and months later I got my dog. God had reminded me of this one day and told me to write a book on faith.

Why was writing I Have Faith so important to you?

Faith is such a vital and misused virtue in life now days. God created the earth by faith and gave us a model to follow for our own lives. Teaching children how to trust in God and live by faith gives them a strong foundation to grow up on. Giving them that strong foundation with help through this book is what makes it so special to me. That is also why I wrote the parent/child discussion in the back. It brings both parent and child together in a learning environment where faith can be taught.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Almost every book idea I have has come from a dream or a vision God has placed in me. I am working on a book series now that came from one of the most vivid dreams I have ever had to date. It is an action young adult novel. My son had a dream about this other world and as he was describing it I was writing it down and as he finished I was amazed at the story potential. This will be another book I start to write. I am not for sure why I get these ideas but God told me to write it down. So a lot of my life is written down.

Any final words?

Go after your calling. Don’t back down and don’t be afraid. Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water. Yes, he began to sink and Jesus had to rescue him. But the other eleven stayed in the boat and never were able to tell that story like Peter did. Get out of the boat. Live your life to the fullest. Begin to take the limits off your life. Become a doer!

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