05/21/2017 & 07/02/2017
Damon to speak at Victory Christian Fellowship in May and July
Damon will be speaking May 21st and again on July 2nd at Victory Christian Fellowship in Lynden, WA, at 10:00 AM. All are welcome to attend.
Damon to attend ((Leverage)) the Speaker Conference
March 12-15, Damon will be attending Leverage: The Speaker Conference, in Prescott, Arizona. Founded by best-selling author and national speaker, Kathi Lipp, the Leverage conference features a panel of industry experts who will provide personalized feedback and mentoring in a small-group setting.
The panel of trainers and montors for Leverage 2017 include Kathi Lipp, Michele Cushatt, Rachelle Gardner, Cheri Gregory, Roger Lipp, and Mary Snyder
Damon and Alean Assist With Construction of the Cemetary of the Unborn
Tomorrow is Sanctity of Life Sunday, an annual event that, this year, marks the 44th aniversary of two of the most horrifying Supreme Court decisions in United States history - Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton - decisions that have legalized the life termination of nearly 60 million unborn children, each sacrificed on the Altar of Choice beginning in 1973.
To prepare for the day, Damon and Alean worked with about 50 beautiful, loving people to help build the Cemetery of the Unborn. Both were deeply, emotionally impacted and honored to be a part of this event. The crew hammered in approximately 3,400 crosses, one for each child that will be slaughtered every day in the United States over the coming year.
With the cemetary complete, Damon surveyed the work and though he found it a beautiful memorial, he commented that it made him want to vomit, each cross representing a baby that he knew would be condemned to die that day. "As we were pounding grave markers into the ground, women across the country were marching to protest/demand their right to continue this barbaric practice."
Damon to attend The West Coast Christian Writers Conference
February 17-18, Damon will be attending the West Coast Christian Writers Conference in Pleasanton, California. This year's keynotes include Michele Cushatt, and Tosca Lee.
Formerly known as the Christian Writers Seminar, founded in 1993 by Pastor Jon Drury, the WCCW aims to equip and encourage writers at all levels in their craft and business of writing for publicaton, through an annual conference offering quality instruction, industry update information, community, and personal inspiraton. The WCCW is an affiliate of Inspire Christian Writers, of which Damon is also a member.
Finding Faith in Slow Motion Awarded indiePENdents' Seal of Good Writing
One of the Indie Author organizations of which Damon is a member is The indiePENdents', a "voice for self-published authors with a goal of unifying those voices into a single chorus."" Founded in 2011 by avid reader and author, Jasha Levi at age 91, one of the functions of The indiePENdents' is to read and evaluate self-published works to "compile a list of self-published books that we have determined to meet our standards and that we therefore believe are not crap, but are as good as any books published by the major publishing houses."
As of this writing, only 91 books have been found to meet The indiePENdents' Standards of Good Writing, and Damon is both thrilled and humbled to have learned that on June 22, 2015, Finding Faith in Slow Motion was evaluated and found to be the 91st book worthy of The indePENdent's Quality Seal. This emblem assures potential readers that the book meets high standards in the categories of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting. In order to earn this approval, a book must be evaluated, deemed worthy, and voted up by three independent evaluators.
It is worth noting that the literary merit of an evaluated work not a criterion for earning the Quality Seal. The question under consideration by the evaluators is whether or not the work is well written, and whether or not it meets the stringent standards for recognition. Damon encourages all independent authors to consider membership in this worthy organization, and possibly even to volunteer time as an evaluator.
Finding Faith in Slow Motion released
Faith is neither static nor instantaneous. It is not something we stumble upon and instantly understand. Neither is it a monolithic, one-dimensional, singular entity that has but one face, one color, one fragrance. It is many-faceted, multi-dimensional, and appears differently depending on one's angle to the Son.
In Finding Faith in Slow Motion, Gray examines faith from myriad angles and through gut-wrenching life experiences, as he asks regarding faith, "What is that stuff?" Spanning the emotional gamut from laughter to tears, Gray challenges us to define our faith and redefine it, to look at it from a multitude of perspectives and define it again. The writing is intentionally evocative and playful, offering the reader the ability to identify with Gray as he wrestles with the weighty subject matter of finding faith.