Matthew (MJ Elliott) is someone who is passionate about reaching others for Christ with whatever God places upon his heart to write or speak about. He has served in ministry of some type for 13 years, whether as a volunteer or a minister of the Gospel. While never ordained, his ministry experiences give him a lot of understanding into what ministry is all about and how it has changed.
Matthew and Traci, his wife, have 3 children; Leyla, Caleb and their newborn daughter Hannah that bring inspiration and joy to their lives. His hope for all his books is that it will encourage those who read it in a way that help them see what is often overlooked in the world around them. Just as he desires with God will do with their Ministry Website… Love the Saints Ministries... he desires God will speak to and encourage all who read its content.
Writing is both a passion and a hobby for Matt and he is very excited to see what God will do with this book and has really enjoyed putting it together. His prayer is that this book will minister to believers in love, equip them better for service in God’s Glory, and build the body of Christ in edification through the encouragement and grace he has been blessed with.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have a lot of time to read for pleasure, but when I do, I like to read books that make me think about the world in a different light, books that are encouraging to the soul or that tell a story that takes my mind to another place.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As young boy, it was always difficult for me to read and write. I struggled, and still do occasionally, with seeing words correctly and putting them on paper because of Dyslexia, ADHD and really bad eye sight. That all began to change when I received my first pair of glasses and with the blessing of my mother’s support. She struggled with some of the same things but always found a way to communicate what had been placed upon her heart regardless of what people thought. Her struggle was an inspiration to me and ultimately what gave me the passion I have for writing today.
Wrestling for Your God Given Name is a project that we hope will be a resource of encouragement for Pastors. Inspired by the Old Testament character Jacob, the writers of this project are creating specific content that will relate to those that are serving in ministry. They are combining the historical aspect of Jacobs's story with what we can learn from the journey he endured along the way.
Reflecting Christmas is more than just your regular Christmas eBook. Throughout history, different symbols have been used to celebrate this wonderful time of year. This eBook takes that history and shows the reader ways they can 'reflect that history' in their lives today and every day. -Love The Saints Ministries
Have you ever wondered about growing closer to God? This little eBook is the first in a series about just that, embracing the simple thinbgs in life that help us see just where God is working in our lives.
Selections from the Ahavah Writings is a few selected pieces from my first book "Ahavah Writings" for the Journey. I share these writings with you as a free gift that will hopefully provide a bit of encouragement to you today. God's promises are always anew and he will be faithful to us. Please Enjoy this gift and share it with others.
Death is Not the End, Daddy
on Feb. 24, 2016
Nate Allen’s ‘Death is not the End, Daddy’ is an incredible work of art. To be honest, I was a little unsure how I would respond to this book at first, but as I began to read each page I found that I couldn’t put it down. This book embraced my imagination and captured my heart. The level of complexity is absolutely intriguing and can be quite addicting at times to follow but well worth the read. ‘Death is Not the End, Daddy’ draws you in with the struggle of redemption, the mystery of forgiveness and the incredible wonder that the gift of love can bring to light.
There are many different aspects of this book that the reader can, and will, connect with. Some will be encouraged by the message of love that this book shares both in the lives of Matthew Mills and John Doe, who are the two main characters. Others will connect with the depth Mr. Allen brings to the table as he defines each character and how they intertwine with each other throughout the book. Still others will connect with the message of faith in the midst of struggle and how each character changes by the end. Personally, I connected with the resolve of Matthew Mills and the struggle he faced with building a relationship with both his wife and his daughter. I was reminded of how important it is to ensure we as husbands and fathers work to build those relationships with our loved ones, just as Jesus longs to build that relationship with all of us.
This book is a testament of how the love of Christ can change the heart of any man or woman. In the same respect though, it doesn’t throw it in the reader's face. It is a rare gem indeed and I was truly blessed by the outcome of this wonderful little fiction novel. I very rarely recommend any books but this one is one that I am honored to review and recommend to anyone who will listen.