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A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life from Abingdon Press is available May 19, 2015, wherever good books are sold.

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Book Summary

Brief Version

Your life is a story. And your faith will write it. But will it be worth telling?

Bill Blankschaen’s hands-on field guide packs in true stories and practical tips for living a life of authentic faith in God, the kind that gets out of the boat and leaves a lasting legacy.  His winsome voice meets you where you are in your life journey and calls you to something more, to a grander, more meaningful life grounded on unshakeable truth.

A Story Worth Telling invites every reader to engage in authentic living with a faith that changes everything.

Extended Version

Your life is a story. And your faith will write it. But will it be worth telling?

Bill Blankschaen’s latest book A Story Worth Telling asks this question: What if you could live a life of such lasting significance that your story would be celebrated in places and times you can’t even imagine?

This hands-on field guide packs in true stories and practical tips for living a life of authentic faith in God, the kind that gets out of the boat and leaves a lasting legacy.  His winsome voice meets you where you are in your life journey and calls you to something more, to live a grander, more meaningful life grounded on unshakeable truth.

A Story Worth Telling shows you how authentic faith:

  •          Gives focus to your life,
  •          Opens your eyes to possibilities,
  •          Produces the courage to answer the call,
  •          Moves you to move mountains, and
  •          Empowers you to keep moving forward when facing problems.

Bill’s own story of his pursuit of an authentic life and real-life tales of other FaithWalkers weave throughout the book. So it isn’t just another feel-good book about faith. You’ll learn what it means to walk by faith in the nitty-gritty of day-to-day living in a broken world.

The book packs in practical applications and proven how-to strategies for

  • Finding God’s direction,
  • Taking righteous risks for God,
  • Stirring up the faith within you,
  • Seeing life from a fresh perspective, and
  • Living an intentional life of abundant faith.

The book’s handy sections entitled Check Your Coordinates, Prepare Your Gear, and Explore the Trail Ahead make it ideally suited for both personal and group study.

One thing is certain, if you take the journey to become — what Bill calls — a FaithWalker, your life will never be the same.

And your story will definitely be worth talking about.

Life is short. Take control of your story. Start now.

Experience A Story Worth Telling for a faith that changes everything.

Table of Contents

  1. You Can Choose Your Story
  2. Faith Finds a Focus
  3. Faith Makes Your Story Worth Telling
  4. Faith Opens Your Eyes
  5. Faith Thrives on Truth
  6. Faith Finds a Voice
  7. Faith Answers the Call
  8. Faith Moves You to Move Mountains
  9. Faith Keeps Moving Forward
  10. Faith Changes Everything

Bio

Brief version

Bill Blankschaen is the author of A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life. A writer, speaker, and content strategist, he blogs on faith and culture at Patheos and helps Christians live an authentic life with abundant faith at FaithWalkers.com.

Bill is a former pastor who helped start and lead a school in Northeastern Ohio before stepping out by faith to pursue God’s call to write and serve as a Kingdom catalyst. His deep theological understanding and extensive business background unite to produce a passion for putting complex truths on the bottom shelf to be accessible for all.

Extended version

Bill Blankschaen is the author of A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life. A writer, speaker, and content strategist, he blogs on faith and culture at Patheos and helps Christians live an authentic life with abundant faith at FaithWalkers.com.

Bill is a former elder and pastor who helped start and lead a K-12 college-prep, Christian school in Northeastern Ohio before stepping out by faith to pursue God’s call to write. His deep theological understanding and extensive business background unite to produce a passion for putting complex truths on the bottom shelf to be accessible for all. His writing has been featured across the Internet with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, and many others who shall remain nameless.

After teaching cultural leadership content for nearly a decade, he partnered with nationally syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt on a revised edition of In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition and the Desire to Influence the World. Bill is an experienced collaborative writer and co-author of a book with Erick Erickson releasing early 2016 defending the freedom of conscience in America.

An experienced content strategist and Kingdom catalyst, he partners with ministries, authors, and public figures cultivate more dynamic digital platforms with which they can build authentic relationships.

He holds degrees in English and History as well as a Masters in Business Administration from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He volunteers as the Director of Development and Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He also enjoys teaching leadership principles in Guam with Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) and counts it a privilege to write for his friends at The John Maxwell Company.

Bill has been blessed with a wonderful wife and six awesome children. They live in the Atlanta area after relocating from Ohio by faith to answer God’s call. They enjoy hiking, swimming, using their imaginations, toasting marshmallows over bonfires, and watching classic television and movies together — with lots of popcorn. When they’re not at home they can usually be found at their second home — Walt Disney World (closing in on 200 days together on property.)

Endorsements for A Story Worth Telling

Now here’s a book that will help you make your story matter. Bill Blankschaen doesn’t just challenge you to live an authentic faith. He paints a picture of what a life fully alive looks like. Don’t miss this!Jeff Goins
Best-selling Author, The Art of Work
People who live a story worth telling start with authentic faith. Want your life to resonate? Want to become a catalyst for lasting change? Wish you had the courage to pursue your true calling and God-given dreams? Read this book!Brad Lomenick
Author The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership, Former president of Catalyst
Bill inspires us to use truth the way God intended— liberated from theological textbooks on apologetics and applied to the practical world of everyday life. Read this book to take your faith to where it could and should be!Kelly Monroe Kullberg
Author, Finding God at Harvard; Founder, The Veritas Forum
A life of significance is a life propelled by authentic faith. This book will show you how to make your life story the best God intended for it to be.Mark Sanborn
New York Times best-selling author, The Fred Factor and Fred 2.0
Wow! What an encouraging read! A Story Worth Telling challenges us to live a life of authentic faith and follow after God with everything in us. Easy-to-read and packed full of inspiration, you’ll definitely want to read it again.Ron Edmondson
Pastor, Blogger, Church Leadership Consultant
Talk about a wake-up call! If you’re tired of living a life of pretending, A Story Worth Telling dares you to live a life filled with adventurous faith. Let Bill guide you to attempt the improbable so you can do the impossible.Kenny Jahng
Church Online Pastor, Liquid Church
The Gospel is good news, and Bill Blankschaen’s book describes just how good it is. Read this book to be equipped and inspired to see your life differently. And I suspect you’ll want to share it with others.John Stonestreet
Speaker and Fellow, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview; Senior Content Advisor, Summit Ministries
Bill provides a helpful guide to living the kind of faithful, authentic life we all desire. No matter what stage of your life you are in, this book will help you to live with meaning in the here and now. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to make the most of the time they’ve been given.Michael Wear
Consultant, Speaker, Writer and Former White House Staffer
At the crossroads of daring to set out into the unknown or slumping back into your comfortable life, you will find A Story Worth Telling, Bill Blankschaen’s thrilling contemplation on faith. He writes convincingly about the modern Christian’s dilemma: How do I step out in faith in the midst of a comfortable culture of convenience? I commend this book to you as one that will challenge you to gain a ‘holy discomfort’ as you live out active faith.Steve Smothermon
Senior Pastor, Legacy Church, Albuquerque, NM, Author Big Problems. Bigger God.
Few Christian writers combine theological acumen, devotional fervor, vocational insight, cultural savvy, and absorbing narrative as Bill Blankschaen. This work is a veritable handbook on success in the Christian life—not superficial success of popular self-improvement manuals clothed in a thin Christian veneer, but godly success anchored in the truths of the joyous Christian revelation. In our culture imbued with a bleak outlook for far too many Christians, Bill proposes a destination of hope and joy and expectation in Jesus Christ—and shows us how to get there.P. Andrew Sandlin
President, The Center for Cultural Leadership
In A Story Worth Telling, Bill explores biblical truths that will challenge and equip any reader to break free from monotony and live a better story. Don’t wait! Read this book and begin a new chapter of your life’s adventure.Peter Greer
President & CEO, HOPE International, Coauthor of Mission Drift

Bill Blankschaen has a gift. Combining deep insight with vivid, memorable, and practical illustrations, he shows that biblical faith is not just the entrance gate to the kingdom of heaven; it is also the vehicle, the engine, and the road. Faith isn’t just the way to life, it is the way of life. This book is a delightful guide to getting the most out of your faith and your life.Brian Mattson
Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology, Center For Cultural Leadership; Producer and Principal, Dead Reckoning Digital Network
Bill Blankschaen challenges and inspires us to write our story deliberately, authentically, and faithfully. Read and act on the ideas Bill shares and chapters of your own life will soon be inspiring others to live a life of lasting significance.Skip Prichard
Skip Prichard, Blogger, Leadership Insights (SkipPrichard.com)
In A Story Worth Telling, Bill explores biblical truths that will challenge and equip any reader to break free from monotony and live a better story. Don’t wait! Read this book and begin a new chapter of your life’s adventure.Tyler Braun
Pastor New Harvest Church, Salem, Oregon; Author, Why Holiness Matters (Moody)

Praise from a Few Readers 

You CAN live an adventure, not just read about it or watch it in movies. This book will help you navigate the dangerous opportunities that defines a life of faith. Blankschaen walked the walk. He tells his story- plus those of others – and ends each chapter with questions and guidelines, warnings, to keep one clear of pitfalls in the journey. You can either go through the book quickly and then return to the end of chapter questions for reflection or journalling, or take each chapter at leisure, using the guide questions for clarity. I found Blankschaen’s writing style relaxed even while he delved into profound themes in each chapter. I highly recommend the book. — J A Flores

A Story Worth Telling is rewarding and convicting. For me me it has come at the best time; when I am in a valley of crisis and find my faith being asked about… my faith that I am now seeing as something GOD expects of me. I can learn more, do more, figure out more, but GOD just wants me to breathe and have faith… step out in it, wallow in HIS care… Thank you Bill Blankschaen for following up and writing this extraordinary work! I highly recommend this to who need and must grow their faith. — Sandit10562

Bill’s new book is a perfect place to start for a wake up call to refocus our lives with an eternal perspective. Thankfully, he doesn’t just inspire us to walk a life of abundant faith, and then leave us to figure the rest out by ourselves. Bill switches seamlessly from the inspirational to the practical by examining Biblical heroes of faith, as well as modern Christian role models to spell out how to best position yourself within God’s pleasing will so that He can work through you. — Clay Sturm

I could not put it down once I started reading. — RKHarmon950

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Bio Talking Points

Bill Blankschaen [ blānk´- shāne ] had lived his entire life surrounded by the Christian faith as a pastor, teacher, and education leader, but it was only when he stepped out to answer God’s call to become a writer that he began to learn what it truly meant to walk by faith.

He is now an author, writer, and speaker who helps people live an authentic life with abundant faith:

  • Blogs at FaithWalkers.com to help Christians live out what they say they believe;
  • Blogs at Patheos.com on with his views on of faith, church, and culture;
  • Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology for The Center for Cultural Leadership; and
  • Writing featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Catalyst, Blueprint for Life, and numerous others.

Bill is an experienced collaborative author, content strategist, and ghostwriter:

  • Partnered with nationally syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt on a revised edition of In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition and the Desire to Influence the World.
  • Currently co-authoring a book with Erick Erickson (Editor-in-Chief, RedState.com) in defense of freedom of conscience in America.
  • Writes and develops resources on leadership with his friends at The John Maxwell Company.
  • Holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and degrees in both English and History.

Most importantly, Bill’s primary focus is his family:

  • He has been married to his wife, Faith, for 17 years.
  • They have six children, all born within 7 years.
  • He makes his home just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Bill is here today to talk about his latest book A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life. 

Potential Interview Topics

  • How Faith Writes Your Story and Shapes Your Legacy
  • Belief Writes Your Leadership Story
  • The Counterintuitive Secret to Living by Faith
  • Truth or Propaganda: How Firm Is Your Faith Foundation?
  • Authentic Faith: In, But Not Of this World
  • You Will Be Made to Care: Choosing What You Believe While You Still Can
  • What God Wants You to Do Next: 7 Question to Discover God’s Best for Your Life
  • 6 Things Faith Causes Us to See
  • 10 Steps Faith Causes Us to Take
  • Is Your Story Stealing God’s Glory?
  • Finding Your Life Calling — and the Courage to Pursue It
  • How to Follow Your Dream — without Making a Mess of Everything!
  • The One Thing You’ll Wish You Had When You Arrive in Heaven
  • To Settle or To Strive: The American Christian’s Greatest Struggle

Sample Interview Questions

  • You make a claim early in the book: “Ordinary people learn to live a story worth telling by walking with extraordinary faith.” (p. 6.) What is the story behind your own journey and the writing of this book?
  • Faith is a word that gets used a lot without ever being clearly defined. You offer a unique definition. Can you share it and say a few words about why it’s the focus of faith that matters most?
  • You tell a powerful story from World War 2 about the dangers of propaganda in A Story Worth Telling. Can you share a little of that here and explain the implications for our lives today?
  • You claim that a lot of times Christians simply do what they want to do and then “slap a God-sticker on it.” What do you mean by that?
  • On page 97 you say, “Inactivity in our prayer life leads inevitably to paralysis in our faith walk. Not praying leads quickly to not doing.” What do you see as the relationship between faith and prayer and how does someone keep his or her faith active and alive?
  • On page 104, you warn of something called “multi-tasking prayer.” What is it and why should we be concerned about it?
  • You offer a fresh perspective on why having a story worth telling will matter in eternity. Can you share your thoughts about what will give our stories value even after we’ve crossed the finish line of this life?
  • You stepped out by faith in order to pursue a new life calling as a writer. What advice would you have for helping others figure out what God wants them to do next?
  • You share in A Story Worth Telling about how you literally walked in circles around your house as a family and prayed for God to act. What was that about and how did it work out?
  • On page 134, you claim to have discovered the secret to living by faith. What is that secret and how did you discover it?
  • Lest anyone think that this book is about how to get God to give you what you want, you make this claim: “God’s promises always presume God’s purpose.” Why is that important?
  • You tell quite a few stories in your book of real people who responded to real problem with authentic faith. Why do you think God permits us to endure problems in life?
  • In your chapter entitled “Faith Opens Your Eyes,” you argue that what we believe to be true changes our vision for life, leadership, and legacy. What are some things faith causes us to see differently?
  • Why do you think it critical that Christians in America get serious about living what they say they believe?
  • Do you think American Christians struggle to live an authentic life more than believers? Why or why not?
  • In your book, you make the claim that we are all people of faith, regardless of religious affiliation. Can you explain what you mean by that?

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  • Tony Jiang

    thanks! your presupptionalism made me laugh quite hard! its probably the most easiest argument to refute ever invented

    • If it is so easily done, I look forward to reading your refutation.

      • Tony Jiang

        simple its nothing more then just circluar reasoning and naked assertions. Even if the “valid” and “invalid” circles of reasoning exist, presupptionalists still fall into the “vicious” instead of “virtous” circles