Monday, February 28, 2011

Pastor Bobby Keating's "Apply Wisdom to Life's Circumstances"

We're happy to have Pastor Bobby Keating with us today talking about his book Apply Wisdom to Life's Circumstances. To learn more about Bobby and his book, read on!

Title: Apply Wisdom to Life’s Circumstances
Cover blurb:Apply Wisdom to Life’s Circumstances is a guide to applying the Wisdom found in the book of Proverbs to circumstances that face each of us on a daily basis. The leaders during the Golden Age of Israel used the Proverbs to teach their children to be successful leaders in government and Commerce. This information is as relevant today as it was in King Solomon’s day. This book is a companion to ‘Wisdom: A Commentary on King Solomon’s Proverbs.’

1) How did this story come to you?
I have studied the Proverbs extensively for the past 8 years. While working as a pastor, I began to notice a pattern in the behavior of our young people and our young adults. Too often I found myself thinking, “What are these children being taught at home?” They were often (very often) unruly and less than respectful to older people. They seemed to consider our youth group just another ‘thing’ that they had to do. They were normal and, unfortunately, typical kids. Without delving into the ‘state of affairs’ in our American social system, I came to the conclusion that these people were getting no positive guidance from their home or social environment. I immediately began to study the Proverbs and to write analyses of the wisdom in the proverbs in a language that they could understand.
As I studied, I realized that the information in the Proverbs was information that could be used for any circumstance in anyone’s life. This prompted me to study deeper and to present the Wisdom in the Proverbs to everyone. This information is vital and life changing when applied to relationships, parenting, career development, finances and practically every other situation that could arise in anyone’s life.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I have published through ‘Traditional Publishers’ and I found the process so unappealing that I decided that that was not the route for me. I had to relinquish too much control and often found myself almost in agony trying to get things done. I write the books that I do for three reasons. The first reason is to bring glory to God. This is, without belaboring the point, the most rewarding. Secondly, I write these books in the hope that they will help the reader gain a new and fresh perspective of God’s Word (His Wisdom.) The third reason is that they are a tool that God has given me to raise funds for my outreach ministries. I preach the Gospel as often as possible, often in outside settings and in prisons. I have written an addiction counseling program and I lead and train others to lead meeting for people who suffer from addictions. I also teach those interested in becoming entrepreneurs the biblical success principles. I do this at The Christian Success Institute (http://christian-success-institute.com) Self-publishing gives me the control that I want but is very work intensive. Traditional publishing is not much different for the non-famous but I do not have to relinquish as much of the funds to a publisher who does so very little.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Since they can’t see me, I am tall, dark and extremely handsome. Doesn’t everyone like a bit of humor? Seriously speaking, to look at me and to speak to me no one would guess that at one point in my life I was a very accomplished alcoholic and drug user. Christ changed all of that. This is, however, the reason my heart literally breaks for those I see who are suffering from addiction. To look at them and to know that I have a solution that can change everything gives me the impetuous to charge ahead.
Second thing would be that I am a world famous chef. For twenty five years I worked aboard some of the most spectacular Mega Yachts in existence. I prepared foods for some of the wealthiest, famous and infamous figures in modern history. I have worked for wealthy businessmen, politicians, heads of state and entertainers. I prepared banquets twice for Prince Rainier of Monaco’s birthday celebrations. I will do no more name dropping!
The third thing that would surprise people is that I have studied in The USA, Greece and France. I lived in Spain and am somewhat fluent in Spanish. I am hoping soon to develop a church service at my local church for Latin-Americans who do not have a command of English. I also speak French and Greek and I have a working knowledge of English.
That about sizes that up. The rest is rather mundane except for my passion to help others understand the Wisdom that is available to them in the Holy Scripture.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
As far as writing is concerned, I am working on a new book about the Constitution and where our country is headed. The working title is ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as God sees it.’ Next, well I’m not sure. I am hoping to influence one more soul to accept Christ.

5) Parting comments?
Alas! Adieu, mon petit choux. Er, that’s not what you meant, is it? I suppose, to be commercially mercenary, I would like to mention that I am hosting an Internet launching for my new book ‘Apply Wisdom to Life’s Circumstances’ on March 15th, 2011. This is a one day event to entice as many people as possible to go to Amazon.com to purchase a copy of my book (and hopefully see my other books.) Info for this is at http://thesuccessbook.info/booklaunch.htm
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to God for arranging this interview and for your listening to Him prompt you.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I’m the guy in the baseball cap.
MY blog is at http://pastorbobby.com/
My book’s website is at http://thesuccessbook.info/
You can always find me at The Christian Success Institute@ http://christian-success-institute.com/.
My FaceBook.com page is @ http://www.facebook.com/pastorbobbykeating
My LinkedIn.com page is @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/pastorbobby
and tweet me @ http://twitter.com/#!/Pastorbobcsi

5 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book that I would find useful in work at our church and in talking with my teenage grandchildren. I would very much like to win your book, Apply Wisdom to Life's Circumstances.
    kayewhitney@bellsouth.net

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  2. Yes I'm a subscriber. I would love to apply proverbs to my daily life. It could use a pick me up! Thank you!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  3. Thankyou for the chance to win Bobby Keating's book Apply Wisdom to Life's Circumstances, and for the interview. i am a subscriber. please enter my name. mitzi_wanha[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. We need wisdom-encouraging words from King Solomon who is know for such wisdom. Please add me to the list. Funny too, I'm dating someone named Solomon as well.

    adriennaturner (at) earthlink (dot) net.

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  5. I have subscribed to your blog, and enjoyed the interview with Pastor Bobby. What a testimony he has! I love the book of Proverbs, and this book would be great to have....showing the wisdom of Solomon. Thanks for offering this great book!
    In Him,
    Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo[dot]com

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