Did You Miss These Top 10 Blogs from 2017?

If you are like me and like to browse Top 10 lists, here are the top 10 blogs from 2017 on my website. I don’t include blogs written from earlier years in the top 10, but I will put links to the top 3 at the bottom of the blog if you are curious.

For newbies to my site, I write and podcast about topics that will encourage, equip, and compel you to live a life on mission. Categories include Foster Care/Adoption, Local and International Missions, Discipleship, and Lifestyle.

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What Is Keeping You From Writing Your Book? An Interview with Chandler Bolt [Podcast Episode 15]

If you google, “How many people want to write a book?”, you will see survey results of 80% plus say that they want to write a book or think they have book in them. That means odds are great that you are one of those people. What do you think is the reason you haven’t written that book yet?

Chandler Bolt

One of the questions I ask Chandler Bolt, best-selling author and founder of Self Publishing School, is “what are two of the most common reasons that people don’t ever write a book when so many want to?”.

In today’s podcast episode, I interview Chandler Bolt about his Self Publishing School, because I want you to hear straight from him why he began the school, why he thinks most people don’t ever write that book, and why Self Publishing School can help you finally get it done.

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Please Take My 2017 Reader Survey

I want to give you the kind of content that you enjoy and can use in your daily life. In order to do that well, I need to know more about you. That’s why I am asking you to take 3 minutes and take my Reader Survey.


Will you please take a few minutes and fill out the survey? This will help me create the best content possible for you.

Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out, and it is completely anonymous. It will only take about 3 minutes.

Thank you for your help!

Top 10 Blog Posts in 2016

If you have been following me for very long or know us personally, you know that 2016 has been a busy year for us. We bought a new home last December and moved into it in January. I was still rehabbing from my ankle surgery. Danielle had “minor” surgery in May. I began working on my new book—Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection, and our son began Kindergarten.

A photo by Ben White. unsplash.com/photos/4K2lIP0zc_k

Needless to say our year sped by in a blur. But I know it’s important for me to take some time and look back over this past year to see what worked and what didn’t. One easy thing for me to do is find out what blog posts did well.

The nerd in me comes out as I enjoy looking at these stats. I usually can gleam a few things by doing this simple exercise.

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9 Specific Resources I Used to Self Publish My Latest Book

Over the past couple of years, I went back and forth about how to publish my next book. I really thought that I would go the traditional route of publishing…outline the book, write a few chapters, write a proposal, and shop the book to agents. I was far down that path when I changed my mind again and decided to go the self publishing route.


I talk about why I decided to invest in a self publishing school – Why I Joined the Self-Publishing School – but the purpose of this blog post is to share with you some of the resources I used to self publish Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection.

Self publishing a book is a little like building your own house. As the general contractor, you make all the decisions and sub-contract out the work you don’t want to do yourself, or don’t know how to do.

It helps if you first know all of the steps when you are the “general contractor”, and that is where the Self Publishing school helped me out tremendously.

Here are 9 Specific Resources that I used to self publish my book:

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Get Your Free Copy While You Can!

Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection

You can get your free copy for a little while longer, so grab your copy and let your friends know about it. Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection is getting great reviews.



Yes the main audience is foster and adoptive parents, but this book is useful for any parent. Why? Because parenting with connection works for any parent.

In Foster and Adoptive Parenting you get:

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Foster and Adoptive Parenting Book Launch [Podcast 004]

The Ebook Launches on November 13. Grab Your Free Copy While You Can!

In today’s podcast I share some excitement about my new ebook, Foster and Adoptive Parenting, that launches on November 13. For three days you will be able to grab a free copy! So share the love with everyone you know.



In the podcast episode I share what you will find in the book and how you will benefit from it. As well as why I wrote this book. Enjoy the podcast!

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What I Have Learned So Far from Writing and Publishing My New Book

You probably know by now that I am close to publishing my next book—Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection. The ebook version is launching November 13, 2016 with the print version coming out Spring of 2017.


If you have thought about writing and publishing a book, I bet the how-to overwhelms you. It has overwhelmed me.

I share here a few pointers that I learned this go around both that helped my writing and publishing. I am just beginning the launch and promotion phase, so I will post a blog about what I learn from that soon.

What I learned about writing:

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Why I Joined the Self Publishing School

If you are like a lot of people, you have an idea for a book. Many of you have friends and family telling you that you need to write your story down. I know some have worked on a manuscript for years.

What holds you back from taking the next step? Is it that you don’t “have time”. You don’t know where to begin. You are afraid you will suck at writing. Or you have some other reason that hundreds of other people also have for not ever writing that book.

When people ask me what I do, I am finally comfortable with my answer, “I am a writer.” It’s accurate. I am a writer. I have blogged now for about three years. I published Adopting the Fathers Heart in 2013. I have two ebooks published on Amazon.

But I still feel like I don’t know what I am doing most of the time.

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2015 Reflections from My Journal

Throughout the year I use my journal to record events, to process thoughts, and to dialogue with God. Journaling helps me to remember these things which lends to a more accurate perspective of life. I tend to forget what God has done in my life, things that have happened (both good and bad), and thoughts, goals, and accomplishments.

In the moment when journaling, I benefit by processing my thoughts and staying focused in my prayer life. But if I never went back and read entries, I would lose all that perspective. So, at least during this time of year, I read back through my journal.

I am always surprised at how much I forget. And since I have a young son, I notice how quickly things change in the span of just one year.

Each year it reminds me about things overcome, goals set (some accomplished and some not) and yes, a few regrets.

Would you like to see what I pulled from this years journal? Here are 20 reflections from my 2015 journal:

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