Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Jason Jones, President of SERVE Literary & Media. We discuss his journey into the PR world, his role at SERVE, and the types of clients and projects that get his team fired up.
‘SERVE’ was named as such because it’s what we do. We honor God with our work and we serve Him by serving those that share Him via the spoken and written word, the airwaves and online. They’re authors, pastors, speakers, publishers and media. And we serve them by connecting them.
Publishers with authors. Authors with media. People with Truth.
About Jason Jones: As President, Jason stewards the unique vision for SERVE and oversees strategic planning, business development and campaign execution. And all of that sounds terribly ‘corporate’. Is he responsible for those things? Sure. But if you know him, you know he’s anything but ‘corporate’. What he sees as his most rewarding and critical role is the cultivating of authentic, lasting, personal relationships and the connecting of like-minded people. Jason has always believed that what we do isn’t just author consultation/representation and book publicity – it’s a God-honoring use of our unique gifting to encourage, connect and serve others that want to share God with the world.
Prior to his joining the PR by the Book team in 2013 and the launch of SERVE Literary & Media, Jason spent five years with the one of the world’s largest Christian publishing houses, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian Publishing. There, he led campaigns for 11 New York Times bestselling titles and managed some of the industry’s most successful authors.
With nearly 20 years experience in public relations, Jason’s pre-publishing career includes having directed the efforts of one of Memphis, Tennessee’s most widely-respected agencies, Sossaman + Associates and six years in professional baseball, where he managed the media/public relations department of the Memphis Redbirds – the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here are questions Timothy and I discuss in this interview:
First off Timothy, I’d love for you to share a bit of your origin story. Tell us about some of the early experiences that helped you to develop a passion for artifacts and antiquities. (00:39 – 02:18)
How did you get started looking for encrypted codes in the ancient Hebrew Bible? (02:19 – 15:37)
Tell us about the initial discovery where you found your own name encoded in the Hebrew text. (15:38 – 20:17)
What do you think these discoveries imply about the formation and origin of these Hebrew texts? (20:18 – 25:35)
How does your work differ from Michael Drosnin’s bookThe Bible Code? (25:36 – 29:33)
Timothy, as you think of readers getting to the final page ofThe Chamberlain Key, what do you most hope they take away from interacting with your story? (29:34 – 31:48)
Timothy, I know many of my listeners are going to want to find out more, so tell us where we can connect with you online? (31:49 – 32:49)
About the Book: Imagine you are a young, ambitious, successful appraiser of artifacts and antiquities—your services in demand by many of the most powerful individuals and branches of government in Washington, D. C. Your future could not seem brighter—except for a troubling dream…with the same mysterious message…on the same exact date…three years in a row… A True Story…Better Than Fiction
Timothy P. Smith, heir to a renowned family business responsible for construction or renovation of some of America’s most cherished landmarks, struggled to understand the significance of his recurring dream…until he had another dream–one that identified a specific location where it seemed he might find answers to his questions. So Timothy drove to a remote spot in British Columbia. There the adventure–which later led to a startling discovery in the oldest Hebrew text of the Bible–began.
It took the convergence of the sacred text, one man’s life, and modern computer technology to reveal messages that may explain dramatic world events, as well as influence every person alive today.
Welcome to The Chamberlain Key.
About the Author: Timothy P. Smith is a noted appraiser and conservator of artifacts and antiquities. He has discovered and recovered many priceless historical items, none of which has amazed and excited him as much as “the chamberlain key.” Timothy and his wife reside in Virginia.
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Here are the questions Tahni and I discuss in this interview:
Since this is your first time on the show, let’s begin by giving the listeners a chance to get to know you better. Start us off with a bit of the Tahni Cullen origin story. (00:38 – 03:01)
Next I’d like to hear about those early days with your son Josiah. When did you suspect there might be something going on with him medically? (03:02 – 06:11)
What were those early days like after you received Josiah’s initial diagnosis? (06:12 – 11:24)
Tell us about the day Josiah began typing words on the iPad. What did he say and why was it so significant? (11:25 – 14:53)
Talk to us about some of the things Josiah was sharing about angels, heaven and words of knowledge; now that you had this communications channel established. (14:54 – 18:19)
Tell us about the Facebook page you’ve been using to extend the message of the book and to share some of the additional things Josiah is sharing with you. (18:20 – 24:45)
What sort of a grid or worldview did you have for the supernatural when this all began and how has it shifted or changed in the midst of your unfolding journey alongside Josiah? (24:46 – 36:01)
Tahni, what parting challenge or encouragement would you want to share with every reader as they’re finishing the last page of Josiah’s Fire? (36:02 – 41:58)
Tahni, I know many of my listeners are going to want to find out more, so where can they connect with you online and where can they can get a copy of the book? (41:59 – 42:37)
About the Book: First-time parents Joe and Tahni Cullen were thrust into the confusing world of autism when their toddler, Josiah, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their attempts to see Josiah recover and regain speech, the Cullens underwent overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial struggles. While other kids around him improved, Josiah only got worse.
Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound paragraphs about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and heaven. Josiah’s eye-opening visions, heavenly encounters, and supernatural experiences forced his family out of their comfort zone and predictable theology, catapulting them into a mind-blowing love-encounter with Jesus.
Find hope in hardship.
Catch a fresh glimpse of heaven.
Learn to hear and trust God’s voice.
Identify the roles of Father, Son, and Spirit.
Be aware of the workings of angels, and much more!
Follow a trail of truth into Josiah’s mysterious world, and see why his family and friends can no longer stay silent.
About the Author: Tahni Cullen is a people-lover, blogger, and conference speaker who brings a powerful message of hope and restoration. Tahni worked for thirteen years at a multi-campus church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, serving in communication arts and as a ministry director. She is a freelance marketer and also performs in an original live variety show for women’s events. Tahni and her producer husband, Joe, have created an award-winning documentary called Surprised by Autism. They live with their son, Josiah, in Saint Paul, where they enjoy exploring Minnesota’s museums and destinations.
Here are the questions Sam and I discuss in this interview:
Sam, would you mind starting us off by sharing about how you first got exposed to or encountered the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit? I know many of my listeners would be interested in hearing that part of your faith story. (00:38 – 07:57)
Next let’s get into the story behind the book. How did the idea and need for Practicing the Power first begin to take shape? (07:58 – 10:45)
Let’s pull together the ground you cover in chapters 2-4. How does having an earnest desire for spiritual gifts and practicing both prayer and fasting put somebody in the right posture to be ready to go deeper with the gifts of the Holy Spirit? (10:46 – 15:08)
One of the gifts I see most commonly pursued is healing. Give us some guidelines on the dos and don’ts of pursuing this gift. (15:09 – 21:10)
Another thing I see often in Spirit-empowered church circles is people practicing the gift of prophecy, sharing what are sometimes referred to as words of knowledge. Give us some practical guidance and boundaries for the prophetic. (21:11 – 25:43)
I loved the title that was used for chapter 9. Talk to us about “User-Friendly Deliverance.” (25:44 – 28:49)
What does it mean to quench the Spirit and how can we avoid doing that? (28:50 – 31:03)
If we had the ability to put you in front of every reader as they finish the last page of Practicing the Power, what challenge or parting word of encouragement would you want to share with each of them? (31:04 – 33:16)
Sam, if the listeners want to connect with you and find out more about your books, where should they go on the web? (33:17 – 34:47)
About the Book: The Bible teaches us that we are to be filled with God’s Spirit and that God’s presence and grace is manifested among his people as they serve, love, and minister to one another. Yet some of the gifts that God offers to his people aren’t commonly seen in many churches today. Gifts of prophecy, healing, tongues, and other supernatural gifts of God seem to be absent, and many Christians are unsure how to cultivate an atmosphere where God’s Spirit can work while remaining committed to the foundational truth of God’s Word.
How can Christians pursue and implement the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and splitting the church in the process? In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the word and centered in the gospel.
With examples drawn from his forty years of ministry as a pastor and teachers, Storms offers a guidebook that can help pastors, elders, and church members understand what changes are needed to see God move in supernatural power and to guard against excess and abuse of the spiritual gifts. If you long to see God’s Spirit move in your church and life, and aren’t sure why that isn’t happening or where to begin, this book is for you.
About the Author: Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas) is founder of Enjoying God Ministries, which provides biblical and theological resources to the body of Christ. He is also the senior pastor of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City and a former professor. Storms travels both in the United States and abroad, speaking at churches and conferences. He is the author of over two-dozen books and a contributor to the Zondervan Counterpoints volume Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today?
Here’s are the questions Sharon and I discuss in this interview:
First off Sharon, let’s help the listeners get to know you a bit better. Give us a few of the highlights in the Sharon K. Gilbert origin story. (00:38 – 02:15)
Now you’ve worked on both fiction and nonfiction books. What are some of the freedoms or advantages you find in writing fiction. (02:16 – 03:34)
Next let’s get into the story behind the book. How did the ideas behindBlood LiesandThe Redwing Sagafirst begin to take shape for you? (03:35 – 05:32)
Set the stage for the listeners, when and where doesBlood Liestake place. (5:33 – 07:29)
You weave a blend of both real historical and fictitious people intoBlood Lies. Introduce us a few of the key characters we’re going to meet in the book. (07:30 – 11:32)
The Ripper murders are a key part of theBlood Liesstory. What are some of the surprising things you learned while researching Jack the Ripper? (11:33 – 13:35)
You’ve already mentioned that there’s a spiritual warfare theme in the book. Give the listeners a sense of some of the ways the supernatural breaks into the natural in your story. (13:36 – 15:37)
Sharon, as you think of readers getting to the final page ofBlood Lies,how do you hope they’ve been impacted by your story? (15:38 – 16:36)
What’s next in theThe Redwing Sagaseries? (16:37 – 17:47)
Sharon, I know the listeners are going to want to find out more, so tell us where we can connect with you online and get our own copy ofBlood Lies? (17:48 – 21:19)
About the Book: The Ripper murders did not begin in 1888, but in March of 1879, when a beautiful woman is found slain and dismembered on Commercial Street in Spitalfields, London. When detectives arrive, they find not only the broken body of the victim, but a child who remembers nothing of who she is or how she came to be at the scene. Because the little girl has no known home, a gentle-hearted detective inspector named Charles St. Clair takes her to his home, and from that point on, his life will never be the same. Over the course of the next ten years, he’ll learn not only all about the girl but also about himself. And St. Clair will learn the truth about a supernatural battle that has been raging across England for four hundred years.The Redwing Saga presents an alternative telling of history, pulling back the veil of secrecy put into place by those who would deceive and destroy. Geopolitics, criminal investigation, and science merge with secret societies, angelic warfare, and human free will. Book One of the series, Blood Lies, introduces the characters—both human and non-human—as well as their backstories, and it starts us on a journey that will eventually lead from Whitechapel to World War.
About the Author: Science, writing, opera, and geopolitics are just a few of the many ‘hats’ worn by Sharon K. Gilbert. She has been married to SkyWatchTV host and fellow writer Derek P. Gilbert for nearly twenty years, and during that time, helped to raise a brilliant and beautiful stepdaughter, Nicole Gilbert. The Gilberts have shared their talents and insights for over a decade with the pioneering Christian podcasts, PID Radio, Gilbert House Fellowship, and View from the Bunker. In addition to co-hosting SkyWatchTV’s flagship interview program and SciFriday each week, Sharon also hosts SkyWatch Women and SkyWatch Women One-on-One. She and Derek speak several times each year at conferences, where they love to discuss news and prophecy with viewers, listeners, and readers. Sharon’s been following and studying Bible prophecy for over fifty years, and she often says that she’s only scratched the surface. When not immersed in study, a writing project, or scouring the Internet for the latest science news, you can usually find her relaxing in the garden with their faithful hound, Sam T. Dachshund.
About the Book: A cold-case homicide detective helps Christians understand why it’s important to develop a “forensic faith” and provides a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers.”
Forensic Faith will help readers:
understand why they have a duty to defend the truth
develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace teaches readers cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply to their Christian faith. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.
Shaun Tabatt interviewing J. Warner Wallace at NRB 2017 in Orlando
About the Author: J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. Wallace has a master’s degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.