Friday, September 23, 2016

Interview with Dr. Johnny Holloway, author of Train Up a Child

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Inside the Book:

Train Up a Child
Title: Train Up a Child 
Author: Dr. Johnny Holloway 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Family & Relationship 
Format: Ebook

Have you ever wished for a handbook that could help you train your children to become upstanding, responsible, and successful adults? Unfortunately, many parents feel compelled to raise their children in the same way they were raised, despite the fact that the world is very different than it was when they were children. As a result they may be destined to repeat mistakes their parent's made and they risk failing to give their children valuable tools they may need to succeed. Dr. Johnny Holloway, the founder and senior pastor of Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church & Ministries in Durham, North Carolina, helps you transform your approach with this faith-based guide to parenting.

Learn how to:
  • build relationships with children based on love and respect; 
• recognize when children are going through difficult times; 
• help children confront and overcome the problems they face; and 
• set high but reasonable expectations for children.

 Even if you grew up in a loving home, you can improve upon the way you were raised and give your children the tools they need to navigate life's toughest challenges. Overcome your doubts and fears, and join the author as he looks back at his own upbringing and explores how to Train Up A Child.

The Interview

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title of my book reflects my belief in three important factors related to a child's development into mature adulthood:

1) That God knows best how all children should be developed, because He's the only one with the advantage of knowing past, present and future.

2) That parents must deliberately, intentionally, collaboratively, strategically, gently and very thoughtfully devise and execute methods for developing a child into a mature and productive adult.

3) That each child deserves training that is customized for his or her specific place in life; and as such deserves individual attention and development.

What is your writing environment like?

I write in spurts and I tend to write in different environments. I spend a lot of time thinking when I'm alone, because my alone time is very important to me. I often write about what I think about, not knowing if it will ever be useful. I find different environments stimulating, but honestly my environment isn't usually an issue. My mood is often a much bigger issue than my environment, so I guess I would say my psychological environment is important to my writing. I like to write
when I'm at peace, because often I don't like what I wrote when I was not at peace.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I like to write on my iPad. I use a stylus and it's comfortable for me. It makes it feel more like fun than work. I often mess around with ideas and then find a way to use them later. I like building stories around the details of story, rather than starting with a story and adding the details. My iPad and stylus are my favorite tools. I also prefer writing in the Pages App. I love Microsoft Word for business, but when I'm writing I don't want things getting in the way. Pages is clean and not very intrusive. Finally, I use my phone to record my ideas by voice and to rake pictures that remind me of certain ideas that I might like to work on.

What inspires you to write?

Anything inspires me. I love to laugh and I find a lot of things to be quite funny, so I often write short stories about funny insights I've gained. Children are especially fertile ground for me to write about,
but I am a continual student. I write about all kinds of things. Subject matter is never lacking.

My memories also inspire me to write. I have quite a lot of memories that it took me a while to fully mature into full-fledged thought processes. I always want to understand what happened and why it
happened to me. My life has been an enigma. Figuring me out has been a journey, but I love the scenery; and I don't mind sharing what I'm learning with others.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I learned quite a bit while writing the book. First, I learned a lot about myself. I had never given myself ample time to fully process sone of the important events of my life. The book enable me to do so, but it also encouraged me to take things a step further. Writing the book encouraged me to take what I learned about myself and make it useful to others. That additional step actually made my discovery much more meaningful.

Secondly, I learned a great deal about how to convey some of the concepts that had been floating around in my head in a concise and easy to follow manner. So many people have approached me to say that they had read the book and found applicable steps that they had put to immediate use. That really blesses me.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

This is the first time anyone has ever asked me this question and I think it's a great question. I like a couple of things about myself now that probably didn't exist several years ago.

I am a very patient man, which enables me to continually be supportive of people long after others have given up on them. I continue to see the good in people, even when they can't see it in
themselves. I'm often able to reveal to people the good that they can't see, because I don't give up on people quickly or easily.

I also rarely make decisions based upon my feelings. I am a fairly careful and analytical thinker, but I also employ my emotions to perceive and comprehend the world around me. What I usually don't do
us allow my translated and personalized emotions (feelings) to lead or even participate in my decision making. I like making rational decisions and then feeling good about what I decided.

About the Author

Dr. Johnny Holloway (pictured here with his mother) is the founder and senior pastor of Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church & Ministries in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internationally recognized theologian, a family and relationship counselor, and a spiritual father to many men and women. He and his wife, Pastor Deborah G. Holloway, have five adult children and fourteen grandchildren.

Tour Schedule

Monday, September 5 - Guest blogging at I'm Shelf-ish
Wednesday, September 7 - Interviewed at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, September 8 - Guest blogging at Blogher
Friday, September 9 - Guest blogging at Inkslinger's Opus
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Monday, September 12 - Interviewed at A Title Wave
Wednesday, September 14 - Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
Thursday, September 15 - Interviewed at The Review From Here
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Monday, September 19 - Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, September 20 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, September 22 - Guest blogging at As the Page Turns
Friday, September 23 - Interviewed at The Writer's Life
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Monday, September 26 - Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess
Wednesday, September 28 - Interviewed at Write and Take Flight
Thursday, September 29 - Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind
Friday, September 30 - Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords
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