Walking with Jesus by Troy A. Waugh: Author Interview
About the Book
Book: Walking with Jesus
Author: Troy A. Waugh
Release Date: Feb, 2020
When God spoke to Troy Waugh saying, “I want you to walk the Natchez Trace,” he obeyed.
Never mind that he wasn’t young anymore—he would be seventy at the completion of the 444 mile walk. Never mind that the thirty-five-day walk would be far above his physical capabilities and experience. Never mind that this was Mississippi—in the summer.
Taking the challenge, Waugh uses the time to slow down and reflect on his life—his upbringing, his relationships, his struggles with workaholism—and to raise awareness for a homeless ministry. More than a travelogue, this is a journey into the soul of a man learning to walk with the Lord daily. His reflections will inspire others to reach for and accomplish their own difficult goals.
I believe my walk on the Natchez Trace was God’s method of shaking me loose from the regrets of my past and firming up my spiritual belief system so I could walk into the future closer to Jesus.
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What do you owe the real people whom your characters are based on?
My characters are mostly my family members, so I owe them my love and life
Have you ever had problems with anyone who feels you’ve written about them?
What is the most difficult scene you’ve ever written?
The scene dealing with the 8-year period my son wouldn’t speak with me in chapter 6
How does writing non-fiction affect you personally?
Keeping it accurate, yet interesting
Are there books you want to write, but can’t (for one reason or another)?
Not right now
How do you deal with the emotional impact of writing a book?
Overcoming the depression when the writing is complete and there is nothing left to do
If you’ve written more than one book, which one is your favorite?
This book is my favorite because it deals with my own story, my own experience. The other three books were consulting experiences of others.
What do you like to read?/What books are on your nightstand at the moment?
I enjoy reading a mixture of fiction and non fiction. I enjoy John Grisham, Daniel Silva and David Baldacci in the fiction arena. I have enjoyed biographies, histories and Christian books in the non fiction. Right now I am reading “Everything You Need” by David Jeremiah and “The Fix” by David Baldacci.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Play golf, work in my yard, hike, hang out with my wife, meet with leaders of Christian NFPs
What is your favorite thing about writing non-fiction?
Trying to make it interesting. So much of life is routine, so how do I bring out the routine in life to be inspiring and interesting.
About the Author
Troy Waugh is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Southern California. A mentor with Mission Development International, he helps leaders of Christian nonprofits achieve God’s vision in their lives and their organizations. The retired founder, former president, and CEO of The Rainmaker Academy, a training program for CPAs, is also the author of several books, and he lives with his wife, Sheryl, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.
More from Troy
Please join me on a spiritual journey along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. This book relates a journey of spiritual renewal and rediscovery. While it does describe what I encountered on this historic parkway, this is not a hiking or nature book. It is about my walk with Jesus and how He has loved me even during the times I may have strayed from Him.
In 2014 I experienced a deepening of my relationship with Jesus like no other. This book is about that cleansing and invigorating experience. My prayer is that you, too, will feel God’s love for you and you will recommit yourself to loving Jesus.
These thirty-one chapters are based upon notes from the daily journal I kept throughout the hike. Each of the days is unique, and each day God revealed Himself to me in a different way.
I trust your spirit will be renewed as I share some of my experiences of angels’ visits, hearing the audible voice of God, the move of the Holy Spirit, a shocking suicide, the miracle of a change in the climate, and the renewed life that comes from turning your life over to God.