Interview with Jason Van Divier

What are your five favorite books, and why?
While I enjoy fiction, I tend to prefer and mainly read books related to spiritual formation and theology. My top five books currently would be:
1. Heavenly Man, by Brother Yun, which gives and amazing portrait of the Chinese underground church.
2. I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, where we find a soundly reasoned scientific and philosophical look at the existence of God and the accounts of Jesus in the New Testament.
3. The Pursuit of God, by AW Tozer, which is a classic work on having a vibrant personal relationship with God.
4. Revolution in World Missions, by KP Yohannan, a book that will challenge every believer to rethink their life and approach to reaching the world for Christ.
5. Absolute Surrender, by Andrew Murray, another classic work that encourages us to make God's will our own.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the iPad with iBooks. My 90 year-old grandfather, who has seen a couple of things in his time, has given one of the best endorsements of the iPad when he said that it was "the best invention he had ever seen". He recently upgraded from the original iPad to the new iPad Air 2.
Describe your desk
I am a recovering neat freak, so my desk is quite organized and only has on it/in it what I need. That said, I have also been using the same desk and chair for nearly 20 years. When I find something I like, I usually stick with it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The In the Word Daily Devotional was something that just appeared one day...sort of. I had been sending weekly devotions to online subscribers for more than seven years and found that I had the content for a really encouraging daily devotional. From there, it became about effectively organizing that material into a single volume.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie author sounds so cool and edgy. The fact was, the traditional route was not an option available to me, but that forced me to rethink what it was to publish and go in a different direction. Now, indie feels quite comfortable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Like many I imagine, I stumbled upon Smashwords in a blog. It has made all the difference for me as an author. Smashwords offered another approach to publishing my work, and gave me the understanding and tools to actually make it happen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to proclaim the gospel and see others grow, making an eternal impact through something as fundamental as communication.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Only One Life
CT Studd

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His judgment seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice;
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
Living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Published 2015-02-02.
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Books by This Author

In the Word Daily Devotional
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,040. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
The In the Word Daily Devotional is a collection of three hundred sixty-six brief teachings written by Pastor Jason Van Divier. These devotions are designed to lead readers throughout the Bible. They provide extensive background, insight, and application on a variety of subjects related to the Christian life. This is an ideal companion for every believer's daily reading of the Scripture.