Thank you for considering becoming a patron of my work. I want to briefly share why I am using this format to deliver new content to my readers from this point on.
In 2006 I began writing my novel, Day of War, about the battles of King David and his warriors. I envisioned it being the first of five novels called the Lion of War series.
I had to write it in my spare time. During the day I worked full-time on the ministry staff at a church. In the evenings I was a full-time seminary student, and on weekends I was fulfilling the remainder of my service commitment as an Army officer in the reserve component.
For several years, from 10 PM to midnight on every evening I could stay awake, I researched, developed, and wrote the novel. I spent time in Israel studying the terrain, interviewing experts, and visiting the historical sites to make it as authentic as possible.
The finished novel was eventually picked up by Zondervan, an imprint of the major publisher Harper Collins, as part of a two book deal. Filmmakers soon optioned it to be produced as a major motion picture franchise.
In the time since the initial publication of Day of War, I was able to release its sequel Covenant of War through Zondervan. I also created an early reader program where I could release the third book in the series, Song of War, to a limited number of readers.
Needing a creative break from the Lion of War series to keep things fresh, I also published a novel about the Biblical character Caleb named Shadow of the Mountain through the publisher Bethany House.
In addition to my novels I have released occasional short stories in my Hall of the Mighty Men series, a spinoff of the Lion of War series that tells the origin stories of characters in the novels.
The next step was producing a couple of podcasts, since many people prefer audio methods to engage with content. One podcast was for my interview and teaching series, named the Good Battle podcast, and one was for audio productions of my Hall of the Mighty Men stories.
Over the course of my years spent writing, I have also been part of an operations team working to rescue children out of trafficking, launched a program to bring people to Israel at an affordable rate, and have been blessed with many opportunities to teach about the Scriptures, the Old Testament in particular, at conferences, churches, and other venues.
Working on these projects has been an incredible journey. Based on reader feedback, they have been a blessing to many.
However, due to budget restrictions, rights issues, and many other unforeseen challenges, I was unable to release new content for the last few years. I tried a subscriber-based model on my author website to fund more projects, but the management was so burdensome that there was no time to create new material with excellence.
The New Model
For a while now, I have been searching for a service that can generate the revenue we need to produce my work while also having an infrastructure robust enough to allow me to have the time to develop, write, and publish books with full creative control.
Traditional book publishers continue to be a great option for many authors and I am grateful for those I have worked with in the past who have helped establish me as a writer.
However, the content and design of a book, as well as its release schedule, is ultimately at the discretion of the publisher and not what the author envisions.
My books are aggressive in tone and style, and contain material that can be edgy for some readers who are accustomed to gentler Bible-based fiction produced by other authors.
Since my books focus extensively on the wars and battles mentioned in the Bible, the editorial process with a traditional Christian publisher results in a "sanitized" version of the stories, edited to please retailers and a broad Christian base. I certainly don't begrudge this; the industry need to make a living.
Patreon is the first platform I have encountered that offers me a chance to create and release my work on a more consistent basis, and to do so with complete creative control. It is a way for you, the reader, to have a direct hand in the creation of my books while preserving their original vision. It also allows a more direct, tangible relationship between author and reader. I have tried many methods of achieving this, and many of you have been with me on the journey for years. I believe this is the path forward.
My readers and listeners have always known that my projects are about more than just entertainment. The core mission of my work has always been to spark interest in the Bible, especially among men. I am deeply honored to count among my readers those who might never read a "Christian" book otherwise. Copies of my books have accompanied Navy SEAL teams on deployments and prison chaplains in cell blocks. They have been purchased by mothers of teenage boys eager to find something that will inspire their sons to read the Bible. Fathers have read them with their sons when they come of age. Guys have passed them around to buddies as a way to begin conversations about spiritual matters. It is humbling to see ways my books have made an impact and what they have come to mean to many people.
In addition to creating books and teaching, I also wanted to create opportunities for men to engage in the great battles of our age that they should be more involved in, such as fighting human trafficking and exploitation. To do this, we created the Gibborim program.
What are my funds going towards?
There are six areas where patrons will be helping me with my work:
- The research, development, writing, and publication of my novels and short stories.
This includes the long-awaited finishing of my Lion of War series. My books will eventually be available to a mass audience upon publication. However, I need to shift to a model where most of my work is available primarily to the patrons who helped bring it to life. Even as projects become available to the general public, patrons will always have access first. (Just a quick note that if you are an original Warpath member from the past few years, that program's terms will still be honored).
- An update website and devotional material.
I have been asked many, many times about the timing of book releases, the status of my current projects, how production of the Day of War movie is going, whether I am still alive, etc. I will now be able to share updates on a consistent basis for patrons. There is also unpublished devotional material based on the stories and characters I write about in Scripture.
- Producing the "Good Battle" podcast.
In this podcast I interview a wide variety of guests on the subject of waging "good battle" in the modern world. Your support will help me produce episodes of this podcast to be made available to the public for free as a ministry, but some episodes will be available exclusively to patrons.
- Producing the "Hall of the Mighty Men" podcast.
I will release chapters from my stories that are read and performed like an audio book. This podcast will be available exclusively to patrons. The first story currently available is Benaiah. More entries from my Hall of the Mighty Men series will be released in this format, and there are other individual stories that will be released episodically as well, including my upcoming stories about Samson, Gideon, and others. Your support will help me produce episodes of this podcast to be made available to the public for free as a ministry, but some episodes will be available exclusively to patrons.
- Producing the "Kavode" podcast.
In Psalm 57:8, King David asks God to "awake my glory." The Hebrew word used for glory is kavode. This podcast will be my teaching on the life of David. Using the historical and geopolitical context of the narrative in 1 and 2 Samuel, we will explore how God used this ferocious, passionate, and deeply flawed man to bring glory to Himself. We will study his wars, his worship, and his legacy, and how it can be applied to us as men today. Your support will help me produce episodes of this podcast to be made available to the public for free as a ministry, but some episodes will be available exclusively to patrons. When we complete the life of David, we will move on to other characters.
- The production of videos and films based on my work.
Collaborating with other artists, we have more than enough in the way of ideas and talent to make exciting cinematic projects. However, to do things right and without compromising on quality, the budgets required have always been insurmountable. If we can get enough patron support, more films based on my work can be produced. Not just the large epics, but smaller-scale adaptations as well.
The way this platform works is that you choose the level of patronage you would like to contribute each month towards my projects, beginning at $5. Think of it as a Netflix-style subscription. Each level has specific rewards attached to it, and I believe you will find each of them worth your support. You can read about each level on the right side of this page.
It has been a long road to bring this vision to life. If you have connected with this material before, believe in the mission of it, and want to see more of it produced, I would be honored to have your support as a patron. Regardless of what level you join, you will be a key part of the overall objective, and I am very grateful for it.
Praise and Arrows-