This week I’d like to welcome Scott Shannon onto the Thursday Throng. He’s a Christian pastor, writer and father who is seeking to help people worldwide become authentic Christians. He is the senior pastor for the Worldwide Christian Ministry association, an Internet ministry serving Christians around the world. He has worked as a volunteer pastor for the past 28 years in jails, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, food pantries, and in churches in the United States, Egypt, Morocco, Japan, Peru, and Europe.
Walking With Jesus: How You Can Be An Authentic Christian is not a book for the non-believer. It is unashamedly written for the committed Christian who is looking to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus. Scott Shannon uses passages from the bible and images of Christian art to explain to readers what it means to truly live a Christian life.
It is worth highlighting that some of his ideas, suggestions and beliefs are controversial in a multi-faith society; others will be challenging for those who have a more conservative approach to their religion. There are also a few historical and canonical errors that can be difficult to overlook. Personally, I think it is probably best read with an open mind and an acceptance that people have their own way of managing and living in the 21st Century.
The Scott Shannon Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
Aside from being an author I am also a Classical music composer with five albums for sale internationally.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
“Rev. Shannon is very earnest and zealous. Sounding like a prophet, he jumps into controversial topics with a unique personal perspective. His dedication humbles me.” – Jesse Bradley, pastor of Sebastopol Community Church.
What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?
I haven’t had a bad review, yet…
How did you choose a title for your book?
I chose a title with the word “you” in it. It used to read “How To Be…”, Then I changed it to “How You Can Be…”. The advice I read about non-fiction said that “You” is the most powerful word to include in a title.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
I suspect that Literary Fiction is held in higher esteem than genre fiction. However, romances of any kind sell the most. In non-fiction I suspect that education works might be at the “top of the heap’, but I think self-help books probably sell better. I don’t worry about elitism, though. In non-fiction I write what I know, or what I have thoroughly researched for a few months. The fiction book inside me is what it is. I didn’t choose it. The story chose me.
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
I was a professional actor for sixteen years in my early life. He would have to be very handsome and be able to sing and dance, but brooding and dark as well. I think Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner) from the TV show Criminal Minds might work.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Before you submit your manuscript make sure it has been edited and proofread. My latest book went through six rounds of editing and proofreading.
How do you remain sane while working?
To stay focused even though there is a blaring TV and a seven year-old needing attention. I choose to do my writing at the dining room table rather than shutting myself away in my home office.
What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a deadline?
When I was supervising a group of computer programmers who worked on a huge project for many months. When the deadline came I discovered that they hadn’t written a line of code. I told my boss that they deliberately sabotaged me. He fired me.
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
My wife and I spent a week in a camel caravan in the Sahara desert. We rode throughout the day and at night slept in a tent. We also endured bitter cold and a few vicious sandstorms. A great part of the trip was meeting the people who live in the desert. We often had local musicians and dancers entertaining us at night.
Are you jealous of other writers?
Absolutely not. I celebrate the success of anyone who completes a book and gets it published.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I don’t want to sound creepy, but I believe my inspiration came from God. When I wrote my book it almost seemed like taking dictation. The words just flowed onto the paper. I never experienced writer’s block or sitting an wondering what to write next. It was a joyous experience. Fiction comes forth from my own experiences.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
I think the most important thing I learned was algebra. It was a great preparation for my later work as a computer programmer and systems analyst. I also think that I would have benefited from learning about literature, music, and art. However, since I was a voracious reader from the age of nine, as well as an accomplished artist. I wrote my first full-length musical at the age of seventeen for an NBC special, even though I could not play an instrument. (I had a friend who was a pianist and I da-da-dahed while he put the music to paper.)
What is the book that you wished you had written?
I would like to have written Fifty Shades of Gray for the money and acclaim it received, but writing for those reasons is just not me. Whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction I want to produce books that inspire, change, or teach the reader.
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
Google is the best resource to learn anything you need to know. Some of my searches have been “ ebook promotion”, “How to format for the Kindle”, and specific research about various topics in my non-fiction book. You always get a ton of pages to check out.
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?
There is an episode in The Walton’s where John-Boy did something very bad. That night his father discussed his behavior and then showed his unconditional love to the boy. I was watching the show that night in a restaurant and I burst out crying while watching the scene. I had never experienced that kind of love and it released some of the pain inside me.
Where can I find out more about Scott and his book?
You can find Walking With Jesus in Kindle, paperback and audio format here:
You can also meet him on
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