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LifeLetter Cafe LifeWriter Andy Hoover
is a husband, father, pastor and blogger who has a passion for helping people
come to understand the truth of God’s Word in a fresh way.
He has served as the pastor of students and young adults at the Dayspring Church
in Cincinnati, Ohio for nearly 18 years.
He and his wife Sarah, their two sons, Jake and Luke
and dog named Coley reside in northern Cincinnati.
Congratulations to Andy on the recent release of his first book
31 Days Towards Practical Living, a devotional resource
based on the book of Proverbs.
In Andy’s own words …
Living life in a practical way is sometimes tough to do.
Join in on a 31 day journey towards living more practically.
We’ll tackle topics related to marriage, parenting, work life and more . .
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with Andy
to learn more about the story behind 31 Days Towards Practical Living.
Enjoy his answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
“7 Questions Sunday”
LifeLetter Cafe: What were the driving factors that led you to write this book and why do so in a devotional format?
Andy Hoover: My heart has always been to bring encouragement to those who are discouraged and to help bring movement to the spiritually stalled. 31 Day Towards Practical Living is designed to do just that. In a few short minutes people can interact with God’s Word, receive some encouragement and start their day off on the right foot.
LifeLetter Cafe: You talk about the importance of an intentional and intense search for practical godly wisdom – how did you become convicted about and confront this self-description “My search looks more like a casual page flipping of a popular magazine while I wait in the doctor’s office”?
Andy Hoover: We intentionally pursue lots of things that are of far less value than God’s Word. In God’s Word we have the Creator of the Universe at our fingertips; why would we not chase after that type of resource and encouragement? I’ve been convicted in my own life for my lackadaisical approach to God’s Word and want to encourage others to pursue God with the same and more passion than we pursue other things.
LifeLetter Cafe: I love the statement “Effective leadership is about bringing together a group (family, church family or employees) and guiding them towards something greater. In order to do that your people need to know that you are confident but not cocky. Your family needs to know that you have a plan but are also open to new ideas. ” – what must happen for our Christian leadership culture to truly embrace the concept of personal mentoring and discipleship?
Andy Hoover: It’s been said that people long to be a part of something larger than themselves. That’s true of families, organizations, churches and more. We as Christian husbands, fathers, wives, mothers and leaders must set the course for those we lead. We must look to God for direction and then set course for that new land. I say in the book, “As our relationship with Christ deepens, the value others place on our lives fades into the distance.” As leaders of our churches and families, we will be held accountable for how we led those we were charged with into greater intimacy with God. Forget about our image, forget about what others might say or think, let us chase after what God has for us and help others in that journey as well.
Allowing God to filter your words is only half the battle.
Allowing Him to filter your heart is where it begins.
– Andy Hoover
LifeLetter Cafe: What are your primary goals for 31 Days Towards Practical Living? What should readers expect?
Andy Hoover: My greatest hope is that someone would be encouraged towards greater intimacy with Jesus. Following Jesus isn’t easy but it is simple. Allow this resource to remind you of the simplicity of what it looks like to be a Jesus follower.
LifeLetter Cafe: What is your message to those today who find themselves through the role of pastor, teacher, Bible-study leader, blogger etc in this bucket, “‘Less is More’ can certainly apply to our words in everyday life. Too often we are tempted to fill the dead air with something. Too often we desire to be understood before we fully understand. We feel the need to speak when words aren’t really necessary. When we aimlessly fill the air with words we run the risk of inviting sin into our lives. It’s when we speak too much that our words become less guarded.”? How do you find that God-anointed balance with your own expressed words and comments?
Andy Hoover: As a “talker” and someone who gets paid to talk to people this can often be a difficult balance to strike. Allowing God to filter your words is only half the battle. Allowing Him to filter your heart is where it begins. If God has complete control of your heart then your words will easily fall into line with His heart.
LifeLetter Cafe: Tell us more about “Trust often means waiting” and how God is teaching you this valuable life lesson?
Andy Hoover: I have blogged for close to 5 years and have always felt a leaning towards authoring my own book. Waiting for the right time when God saw fit to allow this project to become a reality was tough. I often fight against the “numbers game”, how many people read this post or shared that video devotional? These questions are meaningless when compared to God’s perfect timing and His complete knowledge of who needs to hear the message and when.
LifeLetter Cafe: OK – please share a favorite “moment” or devotion from your book . . and tell us what comes next for you as a writer?
Andy Hoover: Holding a physical copy of something I authored is at the same time humbling, terrifying and exhilarating. I am excited for what God has in store for this book and I anxiously await what comes next. More books? More blogs? More devotionals? I trust God will unfold that in His timing.
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