Genre: Christian Living
In There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preventing Sexual and Financial Misconduct, we discuss two troublesome but seldomly confronted issues in Christianity today–financial and sexual misconduct. We look at how both the clergy and Christians failure in these areas damage Christianity’s image. I balance empirical and anecdotal information to present an easy-to-read and easy-to-use strategy.
This is the book for you if you have found yourself, or know of a fellow Christian or minister struggling in these areas. You have the opportunity to help thwart the schemes of the devil in the people you know. The Christian walk can be difficult at times. Your pastor needs you to hold up his hands as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands. Your fellow Christians needs the same thing as the struggle with sin. You might need someone to hold your hands up. The book will leave you empowered and ready to stand not just for yourself but for your fellow Christian.
1. Tell us about yourself
I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan. Well, I still call it my home. I haven’t lived there in nearly 30 years. I joined the military and never made it back, settling in Tucson, Arizona, instead. I’m happily married. Jennifer and I have three great daughters, one fantastic granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. As you can see, I hit the jackpot.
When I’m not writing, I’m working on ministry issues. I’m the founder of Christ Is My Savior Ministries. I connect with two authors on an irregular basis. We see each other in Tucson from time to time. Daily I connect mostly with other authors virtually. I’m a part of a great social media group and we support each other’s work.
2. Tell us about your Books
I’ve only written one book so far. The title of that book is, There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preventing Sexual and Financial Misconduct. I’m nearly finished with three other books that I hope to publish by the end of the year.
3. What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on “Outside The Wire: Combating Spiritual Warfare.” I’m using some real life Afghanistan war-zone experience and comparing it with Spiritual warfare. The intention is to show Christians that they are fighting a spiritual war.
I’m nearly finished with a study guide on the Book of James and John. I need to tweak some things on a book on forgiveness and Living With The Holy Spirit.
The plan is to publish the study guides and abbreviated commentaries on the bible books of James and John by the Spring. I want to be finished with the book on forgiveness by fall. The book on Spiritual Warfare should be finished by the summer. Lastly, I want to have the book on Living With The Holy Spirit published by the Winter. This schedule is a bit aggressive. I’m hopelessly optimistic. However, if my speaking and teaching schedule picks up, this will throw my schedule off.
4. What was the most challenging part of writing There Is No Gray In Moral Failure?
The research aspect was the most challenging. There are a lot of anecdotal information that people take for truth. I found that a lot of it was inaccurate. So, this forced me to dig deeper. Obviously, this added to the time it took for me to write the books.
I found editing to be the most difficult thing to do. It is so easy to edit someone else’s work. However, it wasn’t that easy for me. It seemed as though every time I started editing, I found even more mistakes. Also, I would find myself starting to go into a new direction after I edited. The great thing about it is that it forced me to change my position.
I learned that the more information you get the better your writing will be. I also found that the facts will lead you to the right answer. I was under the impression that one particular person would be identified as the perpetrator of the crimes. The research showed me something entirely different.
5. What is the most challenging part of being an indie author? What is the most rewarding?
The most challenging part of being an indie author is marketing. As you know, exposure is everything. As an Indie author, I have to set up all book signings. I also have to design all my marketing items.
The most rewarding part of being an Indie author is having to do everything myself. I’ve learned so much by taking the project from its infancy to its publishing. It’s an awesome feeling and accomplishment.
6. What would you say to readers who have never read anything from an Indie author?
As an Indie author, I would tell potential readers who haven’t read anything from an Indie author to give us a try. You’ll be amazed by the skills, imagination and talent some of these authors have.
7. How do you handle criticism?
The toughest criticism I received was at a book signing. An elderly lady and later an elderly man stated why would I write about such things. They didn’t want to hear my answer.
8. What was the best compliment you’ve received?
The best compliment has been when a woman emailed me and told me that she tried my suggestions. She said she saw an immediate change in the people she interacted with. The other best compliment came from a pastor who just happened to be passing by my book signing. He said, “Hey, I have that book. It’s good. In fact, I’m using part of it in my sermon this Sunday.” That really made me feel good.
Yves N. Johnson is an author, Keynote/Workshop Seminar Speaker and Men’s Ministry Leader. He is the Founder and President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries, a Church Consulting ministry that provides professional development services in the areas of leadership training and followership development and coaching. His help will aid you in creating the team you want to grow and develop in ministry.
Yves has been inspiring men and women on issues of vision, purpose and Christian lifestyle since 1997. He addresses any size audiences on topics including, “Faith and Integrity In The Workplace,” “Biblical Manhood,” and “Sexual and Financial Misconduct In The Pulpit and The Pews.” He is a recurring Seminar speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences.
His well-received debut book, “There Is No Gray In Moral Failure”, was released in May 2012. Yves maintains an active speaking schedule around the country and internationally.
Yves has been in the ministry since 1999 and was ordained in 2002. He is pursuing his Masters in Divinity with Bethel Seminary. He and his wife live in Tucson, AZ.
Yves can be contacted via email at Yves@ChristIsMySaviorMinistries.org or on his blog at http://elderyvesjohnson.wordpress.com/ or twitter: @YvesJohnson1