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Number of Pages: 194
Vendor: Wordcrafts Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 7.99 X 5.24 (inches)|
Author: Keith Alexis
Located in: El Dorado, Arkansas
Submitted: January 30, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. Official bio: "Keith Alexis believes life is a story and all things, both the good and bad, contribute to our narratives. It is through these experiences God gives us fresh wisdom by which to teach others.
Keith was born in Texas while his father was attending Bible College. He grew up the son of a pastor and evangelist. After completing his studies at the same Bible College from which his father graduated Keith surrendered to serve in ministry. Keith served as a youth pastor for two years in Louisiana and another five years in Arkansas. For nine years he toured as bass guitarist with the Christian band Tinman Jones. During these years the band had two top-ten singles and three other songs making it into the top twenty. Each night Keith delivered the Gospel message toward the end of the concert. Other career experiences include over a decade as an instrumentation technician at a chemical plant and a failed attempt to sell health insurance in Dallas. Today, Keith has a passion for working in the local church in the area of discipleship. He teaches a weekly adult Sunday school class, leads a Wednesday night young adult worship service, plays bass guitar on the worship team and other areas of local lay ministry. Keith describes himself as one who likes to blaze his own trail. He drinks Mt. Dew, lives in Arkansas, and has traveled across the United States and six countries. Keith and his wife Terri have been married for over twenty-six years. They have a son, daughter, and son-in-law. He is currently the owner of a successful web development and graphic design business, Astonished Man Design."</p>
What was your motivation behind this project? I was asked to play bass guitar in a band assembled to lead worship for a young-adult retreat. A young man by the name of Jason Smith spoke at the retreat. Jason used the example of the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem to illustrate some of the points in his message. Listening to Jason speak about the relevance of the donkey, I began thinking about all the references throughout the Bible where donkeys were present during a significant event. “There just might be some important lessons we could all learn by looking at these stories through the eyes of the donkey,” I thought. On the night’s drive home from the retreat I had a strong sense this idea would make a great series for the adult Sunday school class I was teaching at the time. It is easy to fall into the rut of studying the same stories and scriptures just because they are familiar. With this in mind, the opportunity to study obscure references in the Bible and learn something from them seemed like an adventure I couldn’t resist taking. The 12 week study was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the stories and what was learned as a result. Several in the class made the comment, "You ought to make a book out of this study." So from the study notes I began to write.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope it will be entertaining and fun, and internalize the points that are made throughout the chapters. Each chapter takes on a different theme based on the truths that the donkey's story inspires. I also hope some will have a renewed interest studying God's Word in depth.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? There are many personal stories used as illustrations in the book. Writing the stories forced me to re-live many events in my life and reinforced how truly blessed my life is.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Without trying to sound super spiritual, my style is largely influenced by the way Jesus spoke to people. He was a story teller. My favorite ministers are those that are good story tellers. I believe life is a story, and we can use our personal narrative to inspire others.