Interview with William Hatfield

What are you working on next?
My books over the years have been spiritual works based on books of the Bible. How To Coach Youth Soccer sprang out of my 15 year passion of working with kids in this great sport. I've seen a lot of coaches come and go and miss out on the true riches of coaching. I hope this book will keep morepeople in the ranks, making significant contributions to the lives of their players. My next book has a working title of "Living Significantly: Pouring Your Life Into The Right Places". I'm returning to the spiritual with a look at a book written by King Solomon called Ecclesiastes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Harvard theologian Marva Dawn, anything by Phillip Yancy, who is also Billy Graham's favorite author, Chuck Swindoll and John Stott.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am living an awesome life! I have a lot of energy and passion. I'm around young people. I'm contributing and ministering to a lot of people who just need a mentor or coach to come along side. Coaching soccer is a natural outgrowth of pastoring people, something a lot like coaching. My faith in my Lord Jesus Christ has me hearing the trumpets every morning, summoning me into a day of His favor.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid fitness buff. I run, bicycle, lift weights ref and play some soccer. I have a pile of books by my chair, more in my two offices, and a hundred on my Kindle and on my I-Pad which are with me so I am reading and studying constantly. My wife and I attend a lot of concerts and plays and love driving around in our fun, red, convertible. Our kids and grandkids are a real blessing, too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get email alerts for some from sources like Bookbub, which comes to my mail box every day. I see many in some of the twenty plus magazines I subscribe to. It's so easy now to just get online and one touch an order with amazon or another publisher.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a grade school story, a murder mystery, with a cowboy falsely accused. That one is long gone, thankfully. But it was fun!
What is your writing process?
Most of my ministry books come out of my teaching and speaking. I gather a lot of supplemental material and anything I read that may apply and keep it handy. I usually begin with putting it together mentally as with my Coaching Soccer, I outlined it and pretty much wrote it in my mind on a plane earlier this year. When I returned, I wrote the outline and fleshed it in on my laptop at Starbucks. I'm mentally putting one together from life experiences right now that I plan to call "The Joseph Journey". It will follow my "Significant Living" book, or, who knows? Like my Soccer book it may cut in line!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a Bible story about David and his battle with the giant Goliath. I was very young and loved it. I remember at our little elementary school in Detroit we had a Scholastic Book Day once a month when we could order books. I got all of Jim Kerkegaard's books such as "Big Red", with the Irish Setter dogs as heroes. When the books came in our teachers let us read. That was my favorite day in school.
How do you approach cover design?
I hired it done for my ministry books with mixed results. I wrote a book on Daniel the prophet and I loved the cover design with a gradually aging Daniel spread out over four pictures. But another book I wrote on Ezra had a rather stern looking prophet behind a pulpit and that was not exactly a winning image. I designed my soccer cover with some input from my wife Sharon. She liked the grass and goal and she won! I let her choose.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Of course the Bible is first, the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of our God. I read it every day and though I have studied it all my life, including over 40 years in ministry, it never ceases to amaze me as it continually releases new and precious truths every time I open it. "Caught Between Two Worlds" by John Stott, on the art of preaching in the 20th century is probably one of the classics on ministry today. 'Prayer: Asking and Receiving" by John Rice is the greatest book I've ever seen on spelling out just what our conversations with God are all about. "What's So Amazing About Grace" by Phillip Yancy, with his powerful illustrations of God's love for us and Marva Dawn's "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for these Urgent Times" is a timeless treatment of our contemporary tendencies.
What do you read for pleasure?
I plan to build a log cabin on a mountain I own in Kentucky so I have subscribed to Log Homes. I read sports magazines, I follow the Detroit sport's teams in the Detroit News. I read a lot of inspirational stuff. I just began Tommy Barnett's "Reaching For Your Dreams". I reread Jim Stovall's, "You Don't Have To Be Blind To See". He is the Emmy Award winning Narrative Television Network founder and has some movies out now that are shown around the holidays. I plan to read the inspiring story of the runner and war hero, Louis Zamperini soon. He just passed and his story is thrilling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really like my Kindle but I have been into my I-pad a lot more because it does so much more.
Describe your desk
My "desks" are usually cluttered. I hate that but I found an Albert Einstein quote I use when someone notes my mess. His desk was really cluttered and a friend once playfully chided him, saying, "Do you know what a cluttered desk is a sign of? A cluttered mind." The fellow laughed but then Einstein asked, "And what is an empty desk a sign of?".
Published 2014-07-07.
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Books by This Author

How to Coach Youth Soccer Ages 4-12
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 16,410. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Coaching / Soccer
This book will prepare you in just a couple of hours, to walk out fully prepared to take on everything involved in your coaching a youth soccer team. Had a bad experience last year in your first time coaching?? Don't quit, read the book and be ready to succeed! First timer? Let me save you from a thousand mistakes and help you begin competently and with excellence! Let's get started!