Bryant Cornett


I didn't set out to write a book. I wasn't against it, but I got to this point much as most folks get on a ride at Disney World: they weigh the time it will take to get through the line they can see, and by the time they figure out how long the line really is, they've invested too much to step out.

That doesn't sound especially spiritual, but for me, this whole process was. And what a great ride it has been. You can find more about it at

In 2012 I was preparing for humiliation. I'd committed to teaching a big Sunday school class (Family Ties) at a big church (Peachtree Road United Methodist Church) without any notes. I had no idea what I was going to say until the Thursday before, when I saw, as clearly as you could see and describe a painting, a picture of the Gospel.

Since that Sunday in October, I have stood in as many lines as possible to share this story of the Gospel. And while I don't claim to have all the answers, my prayer is that something in this little sacrifice of paper and ink will resonate with you. I sincerely hope that you will see God's truth and the Gospel through this book and invite you to follow our progress at for more on this important mission. Because in this church of lions, I'm bringing a turtledove--not even two.

Other than this, I'm a lover of Jesus, a husband to one of the greatest God ever made, dad to three of the next greatest, a commercial real-estate broker for hospitals and physicians, a sometime fisherman, and an even lesser golfer.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us about yourself.
1. What a question. I grew up in West Texas—Amarillo, Texas—in the church. I went to the Johns Hopkins University, met a girl I eventually married on an abroad program called Semester at Sea that went around the world, graduated, and moved to Saigon, Vietnam, for the better part of two years to start a business there. I moved to Atlanta, got a job in real estate, got married and had a bunch of kids. I did all of that by 34 and had never made a decision because of Jesus. I followed the rules, but only because the rules were how you got ahead. I wanted the girl and the house and the car and the job. I wanted the world and, for the most part, I got it. But what would have been plenty a few years before still wasn’t enough. I just wanted more. That started an awakening in me to answer the call of Jesus. I began studying earnestly, reading, writing, journaling, praying, and listening. I felt an urgency and pressure from the Holy Spirit to get ready, but I still didn’t know what I was making ready for.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I connect with God in the morning. I’m an early riser, so I’ll spend time first thing—I don’t know that I’ve ever told anyone this, but if the first thought in the morning is God (I mean the very first thing), then I know that I’m starting the day on a good foot. I’ll lie there for 20 minutes or a couple hours (I get up very early) and praise, repent, petition, or just listen—sometimes falling in and out of sleep—but just being thankful for all that God has provided and enjoying Him. Scripture is a big part of how I hear God, too. If I spent 70 minutes one day, that is never as good as 10 minutes a day for a week in the Word. I read in my car in the parking deck at work. Sometimes for 15 minutes and sometimes for a couple hours: just reading through and getting excited about this love letter written to me and everyone I know thousands of years ago. And then I connect with God throughout the day, asking, What would you do here? or How do you see this person? I just seek to get God’s perspective on questions like these.
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A Rooster Once Crowed: A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,020. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
From a one-room Sunday school class—the lesson that’s been downloaded over 8,000 times in 54 countries—comes A Rooster Once Crowed, A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told. This book will connect the heart and mind through Scripture, give you a new view of the Gospel and lead to you discover clues that connect the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

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