Forgotten Faith by Lauren Reeves: Interview
About the Book
Book: Forgotten Faith
Author: Lauren Reeves
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Devotional
Release Date: December 20, 2019
When Christians are challenged to explain what they believe and why, too many fall short. Do the majority of Christians feel true commitment to their faith anymore? Are they able to retain hope and perseverance when trials come? Or do they find themselves questioning God’s goodness? We live in a time where Christians seem to have forgotten their once strong faith.
In her book Forgotten Faith, popular podcaster and speaker Lauren Reeves teaches Genesis in a way that keeps her reader wanting more. She provides the foundation necessary to make the rest of the Bible make sense long after this book’s last page is turned. From cover to cover, the believer will find a fascinating study of Genesis and that Genesis and Revelation go hand in hand, painting a picture of the End Times and the reason for hope. The content has the ability to do for readers what might otherwise take years of study to unveil.
Forgotten Faith seeks to uncover treasures in Genesis that have long been hidden away, treasures that are relevant to today and the End of Days and have been waiting for the right time to be known—and the time is now.
Behold, I am coming soon . . . I am the Alpha and Omega,
the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
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Have you ever had problems with anyone who feels you’ve written about them?
No, not yet! I almost always ask people for their permission before writing something pertaining to them, unless I know for sure they won’t care.
How does writing non-fiction affect you personally?
When I’m writing non-fiction, I learn the lessons so deeply that it truly solidifies in my mind. Honestly, I learn the lessons more deeply than I am able to even write about. Because it is important to keep chapters concise for today’s reading market, I have usually learned twice as much about a subject but am only able to include the most important points in a chapter. I guess that’s a good thing in a way, because Forgotten Faith is around 200 pages, so if I included everything I learned, it would probably be 400 pages! And almost no one reads books that long anymore.
Are there books you want to write, but can’t (for one reason or another)?
Hmm.. I can’t think of any? Usually time is the biggest hindrance in getting a book out.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of writing a book?
The whole time I’m writing a book, I keep praying asking God, “Is this what you want?” He doesn’t give me an audible yes or no, but over time I will get undeniable confirmations if it is a yes. But even with all the confirmations, once a book is officially on the path towards being available, there’s a real war that goes on in my life, internally and externally. 2019 has been the hardest year I have ever faced. And when I think about something I’ve written being read by thousands of people, I’ll admit I get a little anxious. It feels a lot like it would feel like standing in front of a room naked! Books are personal to the ones who have written them. Some people will love the book and some will hate it. That just comes with book writing, but it’s still hard to hear. The tough words are necessary though, because I really do assess the negative things that are said and try to use them a catalyst to improve my writing. If I can use the negative to be a better writer for people, then that negative has turned into a positive and I’m thankful for it.
If you’ve written more than one book, which one is your favorite?
Sketching Scripture and Forgotten Faith are so different that it’s hard to compare them. I wrote Sketching Scripture with my talented and artistic friend, April Roycroft. It’s a Bible Journaling template and devotional book. April drew the art templates and even including some lettering lessons in each chapter, and I wrote a devotional to go with each template. It’s a great book for small groups to get together and do because they can read the devotional before they come to class, then they can do art in their Bibles together while they answer the discussion questions designed to make the group close and deeper friends.
Forgotten Faith, on the other hand, has no art templates. The writing is still devotionally styled in some places, but it’s a study of Genesis at its core. The focus of Sketching Scripture was to cultivate community as well as deeper devotion to Christ through art. The focus of Forgotten Faith was to teach Christians the significance of Genesis and Revelation and how those things anchor a firm hope inside of us. So, they’re both my favorite for different reasons, but I definitely put more time into Forgotten Faith. For that reason, it feels more personal to me.
What books are on your nightstand right now?
I’m reading the following books right now between seminary assignments: Elijah by Arthur Pink, The Gospel in Life study by Timothy Keller, and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like playing games with friends and family, spending time with the horses (or any animal), and going on weekend trips with my husband and friends.
What is your favorite thing about writing non-fiction?
In non-fiction, there are real lessons. Fiction is great because it is a story that you can draw conclusions from, but when I write non-fiction, I want to make sure that the person walks away having learned something significant. Non-fiction is for learning, and I want to make sure that the non-fiction I write was truly worth their time.
About the Author
Lauren Reeves loves to encourage the heart of a person into a deeper walk with Christ. She believes the mind informs the heart, so offering resources that are engaging and fascinating is necessary. Bible literacy ranks as one of the biggest ways she wants to influence the body of Christ, and she has an extraordinary gift for explaining intimidating theological ideas in easy-to-understand ways that keep a reader wanting more.
She is the co-host of Joy for the Journey Podcast with Tammy Whitehurst (www.joyforthejourneypodcast.com) and loves teaching God’s word, songwriting, and leading people into worship. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Christian apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Baylor University. Lauren and her family live on a ranch in Texas. Learn more at http://www.laurenreeves.com
More from Lauren
Why did I write this book? Because I’ve often been told that learning and understanding Genesis is the foundation for the rest of the Bible. Much of the Christian worldview can be found there, which effects our decision making. But Genesis not only lays the foundation for the rest of the Bible, it is closely linked with Revelation, the last book in the Bible. Just about every time I’ve asked a Bible study group what they would like to learn about next, one of the number one answers was always “Revelation” or “End Times Events.” Even though for years people have been hungry to learn more about Revelation, most Christians and churches try to steer clear of this subject because the end times plan can be intimidating and is not 100 percent clear from Jesus’s revelation to John in that book. Since differing opinions often cause dissension, people understandably avoid areas of the Bible that aren’t absolutely clear. However, I believe those words would not have been given to us to read if we were supposed to avoid studying them. For that reason, I’ve taken the risk and written a book on Genesis that ties Genesis and Revelation together helping us to understand the end times plan more clearly. One thing I hope is clear in my book, though, is you don’t have to agree with my interpretation of end times events to glean great truths and a greater understanding of the Bible through my book. One stance had to be taken to talk about the subject in detail, but truly, if a reader does not agree with my stance, it’s not a big deal. There’s way more to the book than that. The goal was to make us all think on and around Genesis and Revelation to help us study it and have opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal truths to us through the Word. I hope other books are written from different end times stances so we can read and study from a different angle. The more we read from different angles, the more we grow in knowledge and understanding. It is my belief that being certain that there IS an end times plan is what helps anchor the hope of Christ firmly in our souls. If we don’t have a forward view, it is so easy to get stuck in the tunnel vision of the here and now, which can often appear hopeless. So, now more than ever before, Christians need to be studying the first book of the Bible to know what we believe and the last book of the Bible to know that there is an end times plan that is sure and wonderful. I hope this book stirs your soul in a unique way. It is deep, yet devotional. I really believe it is a book for today.