Robert Noland began his writing career as a songwriter in 1983, penning lyrics for artists such as Babbie Mason, Paul Smith, and Gabriel. His most notable credit was writing the lyrics for Glen Campbell’s last Christian radio single entitled The Best is Yet to Come from The Boy in Me album. Robert then spent the next ten years as a full-time touring musician and producer. He wrote his first series of Bible studies in 1988 and in 1991 his first Christian devotional book for a parachurch ministry.
Robert, when did you first become aware of the film “An Interview with God”?
I first began to hear some buzz about the film from The WTA Group, as they have been a part of the film from day one. I could tell it was a project very close to their hearts and was a unique movie by its approach to the complex questions of faith. Because most all WTA does is work with faith-based films, for them to be this invested, I knew it had to be something special. So when I got the call to write the novelization, I was all in. And then, of course, after I saw the film, I was excited to get started.
You’d already worked on some high profile, faith-related books based on hit films, right?
Well, “high profile” and “hit” are perspectives, right? But, yeah, the bulk of my writing work is connected to faith films in some way. The most notable to date would be that I worked with Bart Millard on his memoir connected to the film about his life—I Can Only Imagine. That film and the book have touched so many lives in so many amazing ways. I also wrote a companion book with Tim Mahoney called Evidence of Faith that connects to his documentary Patterns of Evidence. I’ve written devotional books for the films Do You Believe?, Woodlawn, God’s Not Dead 2, and Indivisible. Bart Millard and I also wrote a devotional book on I Can Only Imagine. I really love being a part of writing projects that connect with great faith films for people to dig a little deeper following the movie, which is a unique component of faith films that mainstream films don’t have.
Based on the acclaimed film. A troubled journalist finds his world and faith increasingly challenged when he's granted the interview of a lifetime - with someone who claims to be God. (In theaters 8/20/2018)