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Author Spotlight: Kerry Nenn of Lakewood

Hometown: Lakewood

Latest Book: “24 Ways To Serve Through Your Day”

Publisher: Nenn Pen, Ink

Release Date: March 24, 2017

Available: Online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble

What’s your new book about?

Do you want to serve but can’t find the time? Maybe you’re unsure what you have to offer. When you think about serving, what comes to mind? Saturdays at the soup kitchen? Mission trips to Mozambique? These are great ministries, but they might not be for you. Maybe it’s time to rethink your definition of serving. Try this: Serve those around you every day. We all encounter ways to serve others in our day-to-day lives, but we often overlook them. ‘24 Ways To Serve Through Your Day’ helps you recognize these opportunities and develop a habit of serving. You will discover you don’t have to schedule, scramble or be a superstar to serve. Simply seize the serving opportunities right in front of you. As you do, you’ll develop the heart of a servant and start living a Galatians 5:13 life – “Serve one another humbly in love.”

Where did the idea come from?

‘24 Ways To Serve Through Your Day’ is one installment of a four-part series designed to help readers live out the Greatest Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 This book offers practical, daily steps to develop a loving, humble heart of serving – a heart dedicated to God’s purposes.

What genre is your book, and why were you drawn to it?

Christian living. As a Christian writer, my passion is to pass along what God teaches me, to encourage others in their spiritual walk. I pray this series helps readers grow in their love for the Lord.

Who is the intended audience?

This book was created to serve readers by helping them serve others. It is for those who struggle with how, when and where to serve. This guide makes the process simple.

It’s designed as a tool for those who want to develop a servant attitude and love God with all their heart.

Why is this story important to you?

Too often, we miss opportunities to serve others. In our society, it’s easy to become overly individualistic and miss out on a richer life of serving one another in love. I believe serving is an essential part of the Christian life, and an integral part of following the Greatest Commandment.

How long did it take you to write? What was your process?

I wrote this installment of the series over a matter of months. I set a goal of March 2017 for release and asked several friends to hold me accountable to this goal. When I started, I put out a call to readers of the first book, ‘24 Ways To Pray Through Your Day,’ to contribute ideas for this edition. Anyone whose ideas I used would get their name included in the book. I combined these ideas with my own to come up with a total of 24 ways. Once completed, I used a graphic designer to create the cover.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? What was the hardest part?

The most enjoyable part was recalling all the ways God has blessed me through others. It’s encouraging to see how even simple acts can transform another person’s day, or even his or her life. The most difficult part of the process was final editing and formatting. Since I chose a self-publishing/indie route, I didn’t have a team from a big publishing company to handle this for me. I had to manage all the details and get everything polished for publication myself.

How are you publishing this book and why (traditional/indie/self-publishing)?

I went through CreateSpace for indie publication. This is an affordable option that gets my book out there to the worldwide audience on Amazon.

What is your education/background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in social work. However, I probably should have majored in English or journalism. After years of soul-searching and traveling various career paths, I now am living out my dream of working as a full-time writer. In addition to authoring books, I contribute to industry-leading websites, blogs, newsletters and magazines.

How/why did you decide to write a book?

My desire is to share what God teaches me, to equip others with the armor they need for the battles they face. I find it’s a daily struggle to love the Lord with all your heart. I pray this provides an effective tool to help others fulfill the Greatest Commandment.

Who are your favorite authors?

Shel Silverstein, Stephen King and Dee Henderson

Pick one: Danielle Steel or John Grisham?

John Grisham

Pick one: Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks?

Stephen King

Pick one: Ebooks or hard/paperbacks?

Paperbacks

Have you written anything else?

‘24 Ways To Pray Through Your Day’ (2016) and ‘Random Thoughts’ (2011)

What’s next for you?

I plan to complete the ‘24 Ways’ series with two additional titles. The next one will encourage readers to love the Lord with all their minds – by filling them with Scripture.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.nennpen.com Blog: www.nennpen.com/blog Facebook: www.facebook.com/24WaysToPray Twitter: @kerrynenn Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kerry- Nenn/e/B01EML62WC Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14955581.Kerry_Nenn

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