Interview with David Moscrip

Who is the audience for your book?
The audience for this book will be anyone who has experienced brokenness in their life and has a desire to heal and grow closer to God. It is written from a Christian perspective with an assumption the audience would primarily be Christians or seeking to learn more about the Christian faith.
What prompted you to write "Brokenness...a New Beginning"?
Between my music ministry and counseling experience I have met with many people who have experienced brokenness. Many have blamed God and don’t know how to get over this blaming, or how to re-establish their relationship with God. All the hurt that I have seen has prompted the writing and desire to bring people closer to God and wholeness in their own souls.
Could you tell me a little about your book?
The book blends counseling, ministry, gardening, and Bible to give an overview of how we were intended to “be” at creation and what God has done to grow us into the Bride of Christ. Brokenness is an experience that is familiar to all people, often emotionally crippling people to the point they question whether God truly loves them. This book is an aid to understand the brokenness we experience in life is meant to draw us to God and grow into His nature. God places His Holy Spirit within us, and just as a seed must break for the life to grow...so we experience brokenness that His life within us to grow out through our soul (mind, will, emotions); effecting our actions in the world. When we understand this, our perspective of the brokenness we experience becomes a factor in drawing us closer to God.
What would you like your readers to come away with after reading?
I would like for readers to have an understanding that God loves them through their experiences of brokenness and learn how to cope with situations life throws at them. To be able to re-frame their past as it has brought them into relationship with God with an ability to live the fullness of life that God desires for us to have.
What are you working on next?
I am revising a book I published in 1996, "The Sourcebook of Feelings," which I hope to offer on Smashwords in 2016. This is a list of 366 feelings I defined with a suggestion of what to do when you are feeling that way. I have had many people ask for a copy of this book and would like to make it available again.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Diane. We have seventeen grandchildren and spend a great deal of time with them. I am also a musician, singer-songwriter, music minister, and Diane and I have a band that performs around our area. We enjoy travelling when we have the chance, and visiting places we've never been before.
What is your writing process?
I usually wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning...not by design, just a habit that has grown (the alarm is set for 6:00). After drinking coffee I spend some time in prayer and reading the Bible and some other devotional books. At that time I begin writing - always long-hand. Later in the day I will transcribe it to a computer, editing some as I go. After a few days I will read what I have written and revise it. The revision takes place often (for this book it probably numbered in the hundreds easily), but each time I am polishing and improving. I am primarily a songwriter, so writing something that is longer than three verses and a repetitive chorus has been a stretch for me...revision and rewriting have become my friends!
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis is by far my favorite author. Following, in no particular order, is Brennan Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel), Frances Chan (Crazy Love), Timothy Keller (The Reason for God), and A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was a monthly installment in a reading magazine we got in elementary school. I don't remember the title of the story, but it had something to do about a boy who became a werewolf until he was kissed by a queen. Eventually one of the girls in his school was made "queen of the ball" and kissed him and he stopped being a werewolf. I can remember anxiously waiting for the next installment of the story to come out and imagining different outcomes before I read it - there was an anticipation and expectation which were exciting, causing a desire to write and inspire other people.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a musician and writer, artwork has never been a strong suit. I seek out friends who have experience in graphic art and design for their input and suggestions.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Bible - The story of God's redemption of humanity and His desire to share love with us for eternity
2. The Space Trilogy (count them as one) - C.S. Lewis - Although a bit dated, it is great science fiction and blending of Scriptural themes.
3. Taliesin/Merlin/Arthur (count them as one) - Stephen Lawhead - Best re-telling of the Arthurian legend EVER
4. Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (count them as one) - JRR Tolkien - incredible detail and imagery
5. The Shack - William Paul Young - It stretches the idea of God's nature, forcing the individual reading to think through their own mindset of the Eternal.
Published 2015-09-28.
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Books by This Author

Brokenness a New Beginning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,470. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
"God is the Lover of the Broken..." With these words David Moscrip begins weaving Biblical wisdom, counseling insights, and personal anecdotes into a journey of love and hope. Offering guidance for those who may be struggling in difficult situations. Utilizing the metaphor of a seed, he explains how God's love for His Beloved (you and me) gives purpose and meaning to life.