Exciting News: From Obstinate Blogger to Accidental Author

Blogger to Author

People ask me why I blog. Sometimes I ask myself.

  • Why would I spend 10+ hours a week laboring over my laptop?
  • Why would I attempt to invest in the lives of faceless digital strangers?
  • Why would I commit to sharing so much of myself with no promise of any return?

These are the questions I ask myself as I stare at a blank computer screen. These are the subtle and dangerous cues from an enemy who would gladly snatch the words from my fingertips.

This is the wall that I’m forced to climb every time I sit down to write. This is my resistance.

As I sit and stare at my wall, my mind wanders to the writers who’ve spoken directly to me through their amazing words.

  • John Maxwell inspires me to use whatever influence I have for the development and empowerment of others.
  • Donald Miller reminds me to live a better story and to boldly share that story with others.
  • Seth Godin challenges me to do work that matters and to write words that actually change people’s lives.
  • John Piper encourages me to find my greatest joy in writing about and pointing people to the Author of my salvation.

I long to inspire and build people the same way that Maxwell does. My heart beats to point people to the immeasurable beauty and riches found in God with the lyrical style that Piper exemplifies. With their help, I scale the wall and get back to work.

Little did I know where my work would take me…

Exciting News

I believe in the written word and its power to transform people. For as long as I’ve been writing, a huge goal of mine has been to serve others by writing books. In all honesty, I want to write as many of them as I can before God takes me home.

I’m overjoyed to announce that I’ve been given a chance to do just that. Thomas Nelson Publishers, a publisher whom I admire greatly, has asked me to come in and write my first book for them.

I’ll be writing for recent college graduates and others in life/career transition. The goal is to not only encourage and inspire these people as they (re)start their lives, but to give them practical advice and wisdom as they navigate life’s promised struggles.

This is a message that I feel is extremely needed. I know what it looks like to struggle through these seasons of transition. I have the opportunity to work with and minister to people in this stage of life on a regular basis and look forward to serving more people in similar positions.

I didn’t earn this.

To be completely straight, I didn’t expect this to opportunity to come my way for many, many years if at all. I don’t feel like I’ve earned it by any means. All I can do is point to our incredible God who would redeem my backwards, twisted story and use it to help others.

I feel immensely blessed, but incredibly burdened at the same time. Words matter a lot more than we think. I can only pray that my words would be helpful and never hurtful. Please join me in that prayer that my writing would always be faithful and helpful.

I need your stories.

My goal is to serve people; not to serve myself. I’ve got lots of stories, but this book isn’t about me. Really, its about you. That said, I need your stories.

Stories of…

  • College Graduation
  • Career Change
  • Job Hunting
  • Changing Relationships
  • Relocation
  • Transition
  • Anxiety
  • Fear

Please share your experiences in the comments section below or send me an email.

Thank You

Thank you all again for your readership and your support. This couldn’t have happened without this blog and its community of amazing readers. I’ll continue to keep everybody updated from time to time. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you all.

Much Love,
Kenny

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  • John Ellis

    Congratulations. I look forward to reading what is sure to be a great book.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, John!

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    Congratulations, Kenny!  That’s awesome.  If I have time, I’ll definitely send you an email with my story.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I’m looking forward to reading it, Leigh! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://theperkinsblog.net MichaelDPerkins

    Congratulations man.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Michael!

  • http://twitter.com/AnIdolHeart Grant Jenkins

    Love this. I’m so proud of you, my friend!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, bro. I couldn’t have done it without the support of great friends like you!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Excited for you, man! Can’t wait to talk about this in person. I think I may have an idea/story or two to share.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Jeff. I can’t wait to hear them!

  • http://www.brandbreakout.com John Morgan

    Much deserved and you certainly did earn it! Excited to see you on this journey!!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, man. I’m pumped!

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason Wert

    Congratulations Kenny!  

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Jason!

  • http://websitesgiveback.com/blog/ Elena Patrice

    Ah, my heart is so full for you Kenny! Whether you feel you earned this no matter; you are sooo worthy of it!! Whoo hoo!  Made my day! 

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you so much, Elena. Seeing your smiling avatar in the comments section has been a constant encouragement. :)

  • http://twitter.com/gritandglory Alece Ronzino

    so dang excited for you! kudos, my friend. 

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Alece! So glad to have you here in Nashville… although I never get to see you. :/

  • http://www.joshdevine.com Josh DeVine

    Giddy-up. Can’t wait for an autographed copy.
    So proud to call you a friend as your story unfolds so beautifully.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, bro. Stuff like this couldn’t happen to me without Godly guys like you walking alongside of me. Thank you so much for your friendship.

  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    What awesome news, Kenny! You are the perfect person to write this book. It’s an important topic and I know this will help a lot of people. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read it! 

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Laura! I really appreciate your kind words.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.blogspot.com Eileen

    I’ve only been following you for a few months…but this does not surprise me. :)  Congratulations to you.  Look forward to reading your book!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you very much for the sweet words, Eileen!

  • Matthew Gross

    Congrats bro. I’m very excited for you, just in the short time I’ve read your blog, followed you on twitter and exchanged a few comments with you I have come to respect you and admire you. You are very deserving of this and I can’t wait to read your books. Thank you for being giving with your talent and gifts but at the same time being humble. A signed book would be cool someday even though I know I’ll just have to buy them but it’s worth a shot. God Bless you Kenny

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Wow, Matt. Thanks very much for the incredibly kind and encouraging words. I will gladly send you a copy when its done!

  • http://www.esauproject.com Julie Shreve

    Congrats!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Julie!

  • Dani Heileman

    how cool, congrats! Maybe I’ll be able to brag to my friends that I know a NYT bestseller!  =)  Best wishes as you start your writing voyage  =)

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Dani. I would love for you to be able to brag to your friends about that!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Dani. I would love for you to be able to brag to your friends about that!

  • John

    Congratulations, Kenny. I am a new blogger and it has been your inspiration and that of others that has spurred me forward. Keep up the good work and good luck with the book!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you for the encouragement, John. I’m glad to hear you’ve jumped into the world of blogging. Can I have a link to your blog?

  • Tami Heim

    Love knowing it is official and your are rolling. Way to go Kenny – I couldn’t be more excited for you. 

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Tami. You’ve been an amazing encouragement to me. :)

  • LD

    Great news!  Best wishes to you.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, LD!

  • Eszter

    Great news, Kenny! :) I’m so happy for you! Your writings are always inspiring and encouraging and I’m sure that as God has given you this oppurtunity, He will use your book to spread His love and truth – as you’ve done it so far… May this be an exciting, great adventure for you! Blessings from Hungary!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you for those incredibly kind words, Eszter. I can’t wait to see how He uses it!

  • http://brokenmindset.org Vbaguios3rd

    Congratulations!  

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/DrShannonReece Dr. Shannon Reece

    Congratulations!  God is good!  And He has a way of opening doors we weren’t necessarily expecting sometimes in an effort to keep us moving ahead on His mission for our lives. Best wishes!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Yes he does! Thank you for dropping by, Shannon.

  • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

    Such awesome news Kenny! As always let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you so much, Erica! I’m thankful for your friendship.

  • http://twitter.com/FruitySpirit9 Cheryl B.

    What a blessing! I am elated for you – this is wonderful :)

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Cheryl!

  • http://twitter.com/FruitySpirit9 Cheryl B.

    What a blessing! I am elated for you – this is wonderful :)

  • http://twitter.com/FloydArchuleta Floyd Archuleta

    Hello Kenny, Congratulations! This is the first blog I’ve read of yours, just recently started following you on Twitter. Great job!  

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Floyd! Feel free to look around and tell me what you think. ;)

  • http://www.jeffdolan.com Jeff Dolan

    Kenny, This is really exciting man. Totally pumped for you! Thanks for being faithful to your art and calling.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks very much, Jeff. I’m pretty excited!

  • Christina Schmidt

    Congratulations!!!

  • http://joshbyrd.tumblr.com Josh Byrd

    I’m so stinkin pumped for you, bro and so glad that it’s official.  Blessings with everything.  If you need more job transition stories, I got a load of them for you!