Summer Reading Plan: A Fruitful Life
Eric Bryant has a new project that just released called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be.
Eric serves at Gateway Church in Austin, and previously he served at Mosaic in Los Angeles. His previous book is called Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World (also known as Peppermint-Filled Pinatas).
I had the chance to ask Eric a little more about this new project:
Jenni: What is A Fruitful Life all about?
Eric: According to Jesus, we have unlimited capacity to influence others spiritually. No matter what we’ve experienced or what we regret or where we are from, in Christ’s Kingdom we can become fruitful – transformed and transforming the lives of others.
Derived from Jesus’ parable of the soils, A Fruitful Life will help you with the following:
- Discover your calling.
- Make decisions using a grid for hearing God’s voice
- Overcome the most painful moments of life.
- Make progress in areas where you are most tempted.
- Experience renewal and bring change to others.
Jenni: In working with leaders, I often help them find their place to make a difference. What are some of the insights you share that can help people find their niche?
Eric: Sometimes we make simple things complicated. Jesus explained that if we can avoid being like the first three soils, we could have a life that is described as fruitful. In other words, if we can learn to be receptive (hearing God’s voice), tenacious (not give up on what we know we should do), and intentional (avoiding distractions), we will be who we’ve always wanted to be.
Applying the Scriptures to our life and developing the skills derived from the parable of the soils really is life-changing. I have seen God do remarkable things in my life, in the lives of others who went through this material in small groups, and in the lives of those who experienced the material in the context of a retreat or sermon series. When we are spiritually receptive, tenacious, intentional, and proactive, we are in the right place for God to work in our lives and through our lives.
Jenni: What makes this project different from others?
Eric: Like you, I am fascinated by creativity and innovation, so it was important to me to share this message in a unique, fun, and helpful way. By teaming with the Snippet App, we are offering something that is far more interactive than a paperback and much more than an e-book. Each Snippet in this series includes videos and other discoverables, plus the ability to interact with each other.
Jenni: You mentioned to me that you have a special offer for those who frequent my blog.
Eric: I do! I appreciate your leadership and your message to the world so much!
10 people in your audience will win the entire series. Here’s how: download for free A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be and be sure to check out the last chapter on how to become a winner of the next four snippets in the series.
Jenni: Thanks so much! Congratulations on this project!
More on Eric:
Dr. Eric Michael Bryant serves with Gateway Church in Austin as the team leader for Central and South Austin and as part of the teaching team. Known for their mottos: “no perfect people allowed” and “come as you are, but don’t stay that way.”
Eric coaches church planters and campus pastors, teaches on Post Christian Ministry, and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership. More on these opportunities can be found here.
Sounds like a fascinating book Jenni! Thanks for featuring Eric’s work here. Will definitely take a look at this!