Believing that the church's inward focus is robbing Jesus of the body of believers he left behind to carry on the work he began, David is an adamant advocate for an active church - one active in the affairs of the neighborhood, the nation, and the world.
Raised in Memphis, Tennessee. USMC Captain with time in Viet Nam. One degree from the University of Mississippi, another from Florida State. Twenty-five years in Florida working for the Department of Children and Families, including a stint as Child Welfare Administrator for the state. Fourteen years in St. Paul, Minnesota as Social Services Director. Retired from both jobs, writing and lecturing and taking care of grandchildren. We moved to Port au Prince, Haiti, in January 2013 to host a guest house for medical mission groups and others.
I have four books out. All of them are aimed at stirring the church on to good works, getting it out of its pews and into the streets. Book number four is "Does the Church Really Have Good News? 5 Promises" released October 2014.
What five words describe you?
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness.
What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?
Just finished one called "Does the Church Really Have Good News? 5 Promises." It establishes that God is not at odds with science and lays out five promises for right now that make the existence and nature of God worth serious consideration. It is available at amazon.com/author/davidmay.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from
your most recent book?
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
"A Call to Arms! Out of the Pews and Into the Streets." I did write that one and it had been building for several decades in my heart. It too is available at amazon.com.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding quiet time.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Just write; don't think. Keep writing and you will end up writing something you want to keep. If you get too wrapped up in what is the next logical piece to write you may never get past the block. Also it helps to start out with an outline or table of contents. If you are having trouble with one section, move on to another that is easier right now and come back to the harder one later.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Lazy boy in the living room.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes, and yes. It is important. You want to build a rapport with your audience. Respond to a bad review with kindness and respect. Present your alternative view, but don't ever stoop to putting the reviewer down. Allow the reviewer room to disagree. And thank them for taking the time to read and review the book. In doing so, they have done you an honor.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start writing earlier in life, and pay more attention to marketing. You can write the best book ever written, but if no one knows about it, it will not sell.
Where can we buy your work?
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