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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54 Responses to Exciting News: From Obstinate Blogger to Accidental Author

  1. John Ellis August 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

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

  2. HopefulLeigh August 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

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

  3. MichaelDPerkins August 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Congratulations man.

  4. Grant Jenkins August 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

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

  5. Jeff Goins August 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    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.

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

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

  6. John Morgan August 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

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

  7. Jason Wert August 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Congratulations Kenny!  

  8. Elena Patrice August 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    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! 

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

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

  9. Alece Ronzino August 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    so dang excited for you! kudos, my friend. 

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

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

  10. Josh DeVine August 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      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.

  11. Laura Click August 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    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! 

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

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

  12. Eileen August 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    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!

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you very much for the sweet words, Eileen!

  13. Matthew Gross August 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    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

    • Kenny Silva August 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

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

  14. Julie Shreve August 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Congrats!

  15. Dani Heileman August 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    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  =)

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

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

  16. John August 2, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    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!

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      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?

  17. Tami Heim August 2, 2011 at 1:06 am #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

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

  18. LD August 2, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    Great news!  Best wishes to you.

  19. Eszter August 2, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    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!

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

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

  20. Vbaguios3rd August 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Congratulations!  

  21. Dr. Shannon Reece August 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    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!

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

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

  22. Erica Cosminsky August 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

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

  23. Cheryl B. August 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

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

  24. Cheryl B. August 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

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

  25. Floyd Archuleta August 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

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

  26. Jeff Dolan August 3, 2011 at 1:40 am #

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

    • Kenny Silva August 3, 2011 at 1:51 am #

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

  27. Christina Schmidt August 3, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Congratulations!!!

  28. Josh Byrd August 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    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!

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