This month's author interview is with Dave Dishman, who wrote the recently published book GO, Following Jesus to the Ends of the Earth.
Q. In what capacity do you currently serve with Cru?
I'm currently the National Innovation Director for Global Missions.
Q. What does your day-to-day experience look like?
I spend my time working with our Global Missions national team to develop new ways to help get more people involved in our mission around the world.
Q. What is the essence of GO?
GO is a collection of thoughts on our call as followers of Jesus to take the gospel to the world. In it I talk about what it means to go out, what things are involved in going and what might hinder us from going. It's really an encouragement to take the first step of leaving our home and engaging in the mission of introducing Jesus to the world.
Q. There have been other Great Commission-related materials written by Cru staff members through the years. What’s different or unique about GO?
Cru has been sending people to the world since it's inception and that has certainly influenced my thoughts on the subject. However, GO is unique in several ways. The book contains timeless principles in updated language. It's written in order to be read by this generation of younger people and with this in mind, it's organized in a blog style, with short entries on a variety of topics. The book overall is short and designed to be read in a few hours.
GO is focused on encouraging people to step out into missions. It's written as a prod, a stimulant, a hand in the small of the back that pushes you out to the world. Jesus quite clearly tells us to go. This book is an echo of that call.
Q. What was the most challenging part of writing GO?
I'm passionate about the topic and have been thinking about writing this book for a couple of years, so the initial writing was energizing and enjoyable. However, I'm not naturally a writer and this is my first book, so the challenges came in the editing process and re-working difficult areas to make the thoughts clear and meaningful.
Q. What was the most rewarding aspect of writing GO?
Most rewarding is knowing that as I put my thoughts on paper, in book form, these thoughts will be read by loads of people I'll never meet or speak to in person. This ability to influence followers of Jesus broadly towards missions is rewarding. Also, finally holding the physical book in my hands was an incredible feeling.
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