Dan Chrystal – chat on the couch

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Today’s guest on my island couch is Dan Chrystal author of The Lost Art of Relationship. It is such a pleasure to have you here Dan. I am looking forward to learning more about you while on my desert island.

Dan – Thank you for having me, Margaret.

Please give a warm welcome to Dan Chrystal everyone.

As you bask in the sun…

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

DAN CHRYSTAL- This one is easy. My wife! I chose to be married to her and be in relationship until “death do us part” and I am grateful for every moment I get with her! Plus, she is one of the most resourceful people I know – so survival would be a little easier. Since we already know each other and have committed to one another, we wouldn’t need to start from scratch in relationship. We have already progressed through what I call the eight levels of relationship and made it to the highest level – Someone you can call family.

Margaret – I love the way you talk about relationship, especially as it is challenged so much by today’s world. And how lovely that you would choose your wife. I can really feel your connection.

In relation to your most recent published book..

What is your favourite sentence?

DAN  CHRYSTAL “You could argue that failure is not punishment and… success is not reward. They’re just failure and success. You can choose how you respond.”

~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.

Margaret – That is so true Dan, our response to many situations is our choice. The way we choose our response will determine our outlook. That can be applied to so many things, in all we have a choice. Success and failure do not have to be an end result but the beginning of choice. I hope I have interpreted that correctly?

You love writing..

But do you have another passion?

DAN CHRYSTAL – By far, my greatest passion is speaking and teaching. It is invigorating to share with people and see that “light” turn on inside their minds. I used to wonder if speaking and teaching was just a way to feel good from the accolades. However, several Sundays in a row I decided to walk off the platform and out the door to see how I felt and each time I was just as invigorated as before. One of my favorite reality TV shows is America’s Got Talent. When someone shares their talent with the world for the first time in this setting and are appreciated by the crowd – that moment when they realize their dream has come true is what I live for. Teaching others and helping them to realize their dreams is a moment I love to be a part of.

Margaret – Yes, it is definitely a joy to see the dreams become a reality despite the struggles many have to realize it.  Even if it is for a moment, the applause, the recognition of talent can change someone’s life. That relationship between the dreamer and the dream coming true, a God-given moment, the spark, I have witnessed that too. It is awesome. To give someone that power to be.

Here on my island..

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

DAN CHRYSTAL– Oooooooh, I like this question. I would choose to be an eagle. An eagle perches high so they can see all around them. They can soar on the wind without much effort, can scan prey from the heights and are what is known as APEX predator – meaning they are at the top of the food chain. Also, eagles mate for life – so I’d like my wife to turn into one as well!

Margaret – I love eagles too, and especially the reference from Isaiah that talks about eagles. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Great choice Dan.

My final question and it has to do with food!

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

DAN CHRYSTAL – I would most certainly miss fried chicken, baked chicken, bbq’d chicken, and pretty much any type of chicken. There is just something amazing about chicken – it is so versatile, goes with any side dish and don’t even get me started on rotisserie!

Margaret – So I take it you like chicken!!

On that note, I would like to thank Dan Chrystal for taking the time to share with us his thoughts while being on my couch.

Dan’s book is on sale here and if you would like to enter his GIVEAWAY then please find the entry details at the bottom of my blog.

This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dan Chrystal author of The Lost Art of Relationship

Title: The Lost Art of Relationship

Author: Dan Chrystal

Genre: Christian non-fiction, Christian living

Release date: October 15, 2018

Relationship is a journey of discovery—a lost art. In this generation, it has become challenging to deepen and grow personal relationships with each other. Our technology-flooded environment has left many with limited relational experience and a fear of face-to-face connection and meeting new people.

The church has done a decent job of helping people understand the need and importance of a relationship with God, but what about with each other? At the heart of every man, woman, and child is the need for connection—for relationships with people who love them for who they are.

In The Lost Art of Relationship, Dan Chrystal tackles the heart of relationship based on the time-honored instruction to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But what does that mean? How do we live out this odd instruction? Who is my neighbor, anyway? What makes relationships healthy, and what makes them fail? Through Dan’s personal stories and difficult life lessons, readers will come away encouraged, inspired, and motivated to love the people in their life more fully. If you desire deep and meaningful connections, now is the time to discover the lost art of relationship.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Dan Chrystal author of The Lost Art of RelationshipDan Chrystal has over twenty-three years of ministry and relationship experience. He serves as a pastor for Bayside Church Granite Bay, under the dynamic leadership of founding pastor, Ray Johnston. Dan is a vibrant speaker and a dedicated life, career, and couple’s coach. He holds an MBA in executive leadership from Kaplan University (now Purdue Global University) and is currently studying law at Concord Law School. His extensive ministry background has taken him all over the country, from the east coast to the west, where he has served in varying capacities, including Lead Pastor, Administrative Pastor, Associate Pastor, Worship Leader, and Youth Pastor. An avid student of relationship, Dan is passionate about helping others to love their neighbors as themselves.

“Choose a good reputation over great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1)

Guest post from Dan Chrystal

The wilderness

For two years, I experienced what many would call a “wilderness experience.” I truly felt forgotten. Having spent twenty years in various aspects of church work, meeting and coaching hundreds of people, I still felt like I didn’t truly understand why I was put on this earth. I have moved nine times in my adult life. Everywhere I’ve lived, I had to start over—at work, home, schools for kids, and especially in relationship with others.

The last move was different. This time I was no longer looking to connect simply for the sake of connecting. There was a purpose for connection that was brewing inside me. That purpose became the driving force of my life and remains that way today. In fact, it consumes my thought life, relationships, ministry, and every aspect of what I do, think, and say.

Connecting

Connecting with others has been a part of my life wherever I have gone. This came from watching my mom over many years meet, talk to, and befriend hundreds of people. At her funeral, I had just about that many tell me “thank you” for allowing my mom to be a part of their lives—how she encouraged them and truly got to know them for who they are.

During my two-year “wilderness” period, there was a realization that over all the moves, restarts, connections, coffee appointments, coaching, lunches, and dinners with people, I was learning the essence of what I believe we are called, or actually commanded, to do by Jesus. Such a simple sentence, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” However, it is one of the most difficult things to live out every day. Let’s face it; relationships are messy. They can be downright frustrating at times, but they are a necessary part of life, and the second most important thing to God.

Continually learning the art

I am by no means an “expert” in relationship and I am and always will be a student of it. Consequently, I have watched relationships thrive, survive, and some fall away. There are so many divisions that come between us, and during those two years of struggling with my purpose, it became clear—God has designed, purposed, and prepared me to help others discover what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. I am not perfect at this. As a matter of fact, I struggle—sometimes daily. That is what sparked the writing of this book. I have found there is an art to relationship. For most, it is a lost art, one that can be rediscovered. I would love it if you would join me in discovering The Lost Art of Relationship.

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Giveaway

Finished

5 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 simple steps to financial freedom by Dan Willis

Do you want financial freedom? Then walk with Dan Willis through his book to find out how this is possible with the help of biblical truths.

My Penny’s Worth

5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is a no-nonsense book that states the facts as they are and thankfully the book is easy to read. It won’t take you long to read it, but the benefits might just save you years of heartache as “debt puts you in bondage.”

Faith and finances are spiritually attracted to each other. Not attached to each other but attracted to each other.

A great quote

I love the quote “Don’t take financial advice from people who are broke.” It makes sense to seek out what the Greatest Financier has to say on these matters. Moreover, there are references to back this up.

If you want to be debt free then this is a good book to read, and if you have a mentality of “I want it, I’m going to get it” regardless of your finances, then perhaps it is time to fess up and say enough. Don’t have the courage? Then you are not alone as Dan Willis had to learn the hard way too.

Financial freedom and talents

However, there is more to this book than just how to find financial freedom. It also talks about our talents. Yes, those talents that are described in the Bible. Do we bury them or increase their value? Who had theirs taken away from them, are you one of those people?

Thank you, Dan, for writing 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.

I’d like to give this book 4*

Don’t forget the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

*I was given this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 simple steps to financial freedom by Dan Willis

Title: 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Author: Dan Willis

Genre: Finances/Christian living

Release date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Whitaker House

As a young and naïve pastor, Dan Willis maxed out twenty-three credit cards and ruined his credit to support his ministry. It wasn’t until massive debt caused the cards to stop working that he realized that God never asked him to do this. Through his candor and honesty, Dan reveals the five steps God showed him to get out of debt: stop spending, create a budget, develop a debt payoff plan, begin saving, and repair bad credit. This led him to becoming a thriving and financially-free ministry. Now, Dan is on a mission to teach this to the world. Using biblical principles, but not relying on miracles or “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, Dan provides easy-to-follow, practical steps that can be used by anyone to escape financial bondage. Finally, he encourages readers to use their financial freedom to help others and advance God’s kingdom, and to use their newfound fiscal wisdom to store up wealth. Without shaming those who struggle financially, 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is the perfect combination of spiritual wisdom and practical advice for those who desperately need it.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Dan WillisAs a young boy, Dan Willis’s dreams involved entering the medical field until that fateful day when, at age sixteen, he was called to “temporarily” take over the pastor position of a local church. More than thirty years later, Dan is still there, serving as the senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois. He took the small ministry of sixteen people and nurtured it into a thriving multicultural body of more than 1,500 people. Dan’s previous books with Whitaker House were Freedom to Forget: Releasing the Pain from the Past, Embracing Hope for the Future and Praise Is My Weapon.

Guest Post from Dan

Not 23 Ways to Money Greatness or 67 Options to Financial Well Being. Just Five Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Why complicate this? Wipe out debt and create wealth.

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Giveaway

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I love Authors Interview 26 this is Susan B Mead

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like Naked

I love Authors Interview 26

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Today on I love Authors Interview 26 we meet Susan B. Mead author of Don’t Go Through Life Naked which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 15th – 28th May. Click here to purchase your copy!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like Naked

Hello Susan, it is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

Susan – Thank you, Margaret, I am really excited to be here.

As you know I like to put my authors on a desert island to get to know them better.

I have five questions for you so let’s get started..

Susan, who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

SusanJesus – He walks on water and leads The Way! Can you imagine that adventure?!

That certainly would be an amazing adventure, Susan. Think of all the questions you could ask Him as you followed in His Way. Oh to be in His presence.

The island is remote and basic..

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

SusanA soaking tub with an unending supply of cool fresh water (to drink and bathe in) and fluffy towels to wrap up in and sit under as shade.

I’m sure you could find a waterfall to source the cool fresh water. The fluffy towels we are happy to provide as your luxury item. As for shade cover, I like your thinking.

On one of your scavenging trips…

You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

SusanDestiny, for it is there for a purpose to help me determine a path and that feels destiny laden. Oh, what an amazing gift it would be to find. Like finding a present – today is called the “present,” so dig in, open it, and revel in the gift you were given by your mighty God!

That is a wonderful play on words Susan – what a great name. It conquers up all sorts of ideas. I hope my readers will dig in and open it – I wonder what gift they will find?

Onto other treasures now..

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Susan – Expect miracles. Rejoice and be thankful daily. Be grateful for this glorious retreat – God has sent you on a sabbatical to a place of blue water and white sand – my definition for heaven on earth. So rest and be rejuvenated in your time of repose. Life is a lesson. Learn it well.

Being on the island seems to have you in a reflective mode, Susan. We all need time away from the hustle and bustle to become grounded again. Life certainly is a lesson and sometimes a bit like groundhog day when we fail to learn the lesson God wants us too. A spell on the island might do us all good.

For my last question..

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Susan – Why do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m faithfully following God?

Or

The Bible tells us the war has been won, yet some days we simply feel undone.

These are both sentences for reflection and show a glimpse into your writing. Your book sounds thought-provoking and I hope my readers will pick up a copy. You have certainly given us something to ruminate on Susan. Thank you.

It has been a delight to talk to you, Susan. Thank you for joining me.

Please show your appreciation for Susan B. Mead – applause fills the room.

Susan – Thank you Margaret.

Susan has a GIVEAWAY for you which is at the end of this post. To enter read on and follow the link for your chance to win.

The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control, overwhelmed, outwitted and under-resourced. #GodMatters #books Click To Tweet

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like NakedWhy do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m following God faithfully?

The Bible tells you the war has already been won, yet some days you simply feel undone.

The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under-resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull but destroy the power of God in your life.

A personal testimony

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others.

With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers:

– Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him. – Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence. – Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome.

Spiritual weapons

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day.

A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like NakedWith over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelfan MBA hanging on the wall, and a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world.Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Oasis preloaded with her ebooks along with an autographed copy of her book Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power.

Click below to enter:

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