JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Anthony Jerrod, author of Carnal Striving Spiritual
(Dog Ear Publishing)
Carnal Striving Spiritual is an exciting, encouraging, inspirational and life-changing book that explores carnality in the hope of helping millions of people around the world to discover their purpose and to grow and mature in Christ. This critically-acclaimed manuscript is a book for children of God of all ages, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Carnal Striving Spiritual?
Anthony Jerrod: Carnal Striving Spiritual is definitely a God-breathed idea and a vision that God gave me to birth. God ministered to my heart on everything from the title to the overall framework of the book. My inspiration for writing this manuscript is simply the fact that God has given me the task of developing a tool that will likely bless a multitude of people from every corner of the world.
There are so many people battling with pain, hurt, injustices, oppression, carnality and sin, who are yearning to hear a fresh word from the Lord. Additional inspiration also evolves from the fact that I am operating in my calling and utilizing my God-given gift to advance His Kingdom.
JP: What sets Carnal Striving Spiritual apart from other motivational books based on the Bible?
AJ: Carnal Striving Spiritual is definitely a unique book in the context of our present time and space. Analytical and exploratory Christian poetry is a relatively obscure and forgotten genre of literature. The world really has not seen critical Christian poetry since the days of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, where we had the works of gigantic figures such as Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jessie Fauset and Jean Toomer.
This renaissance movement embodied arguably the most vibrant, socially and culturally challenging and intellectual literature in modern American history. Hence, in lieu of presenting children of God with another cookie-cutter motivational or inspirational manuscript, I truly believed that I was given the task by God to bring back the liberating poetic energy that has been missing from the Body of Christ for a very long time.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Carnal Striving Spiritual getting out to the public?
AJ: As a Christian author, I simply put my trust and faith in God to place Carnal Striving Spiritual into the hands of those who need it. Of course, as authors, we all have to implement certain promotional activities and/or work with publicists. However, I truly believe that God is always responsible for our successes, and I have non-wavering faith that God will place Carnal Striving Spiritual in the hands of a plethora of people from every corner of the world, as we all have to contend with and reduce the frequency of carnality in our lives.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Carnal Striving Spiritual?
AJ: Relative to my writing process, I am a very patient and slow writer. I simply wait on God to minister to my heart before I commence writing. Consequently, Carnal Striving Spiritual took me over a year to write. I truly believe that when you are a patient writer who waits on the Lord for assistance, then your book will be add value to lives and tremendously bless others.
JP: What’s next for Anthony Jerrod?
AJ: After the release of Carnal Striving Spiritual and associated radio and television interviews, I look forward to commencing the writing process again during next year. God has deposited four books in my heartÂ including Single Striving Spiritual, Rich Life: Poor Life, The Blues of the Christian Walk and Spiritual Striving Heavenly. So, I look forward to birthing these proposed manuscripts over the next few years.
Anthony Jerrod is an international Christian author and a guest columnist for the International Christian Network that reaches over 85 countries and features prominent men and women of God, including Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Frederick K.C. Price, Sr., Bishop Frederick Price, Jr., etc. Anthony has been featured on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ and http://innthebasement.com/.