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Resources: About Randy Alcorn

What are the Challenges and Payoff of Writing?

It’s really something you have to accept by faith, trusting that a measurable result will come, even if the book isn’t read by people for another two years.

What are your favorite Christmas memories?

I remember when I was growing up in the Orient area, near Gresham Oregon, just two miles from where I live now. I enjoyed sledding and especially loved those Christmases when it was snowing (which was a number of them, though not as many as I would have liked).

What authors do you like to read? (audio)

Randy talks about some authors he likes to read and listen to on audio books, speaking to a group of CEO's (both secular and Christian).

What books and authors do you read in your free time?

I just read a wonderful novel, Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry. I like Angela Hunt and Jim Bell as novelists, and anything by Francine Rivers. I know Ang, Jim and Frani, and respect them, which helps, too. For nonfiction, I like John Piper, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and others.

What did it mean to have your wages garnished?

Randy Alcorn answers the question, "What did it mean to have your wages garnished?" at the 2011 Kingdom Advisors Annual Conference.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I enjoy hanging out with Nanci, my wife, and our kids and grandkids. I coach high school guys tennis, so I play three or four times a week. Running around on the tennis court with seventeen-year-olds is a great way to get exercise (I’m the singles coach, and we’ve won the district championship four years in a row, which is fun.) I love investing in the lives of these young men. I’ve had wonderful opportunities with them. Many of them read my books and we talk about them, and about the Lord. Just yesterday I gave one ...

What do you think of the Chronicles of Narnia movies?

On the Narnia movies, generally I really like them. There are small criticisms, things I think would make them better, but overall I really enjoy them. Doug Gresham, one of the co-producers (and C. S. Lewis's step-son) is a friend. Let me just say we all owe Doug a huge debt for holding to certain key aspects of Lewis's stories, or the movies could have turned out a vast departure from the core tenets of the books.

What Does Christmas Mean To Me? Randy’s responses to questions

Christmas is coming. We live our lives between the first Christmas and the second. We look back to that first Christmas and the life of Jesus on the earth for some 33 years—but we look forward to the Christmas in which the resurrected Christ will return and we, his resurrected people, will live with him forever on the New Earth. And right when we think “It doesn’t get any better than this”....it will!

What events in your life led up to you becoming a writer?

When I was a kid I loved to read, especially comic books, science fiction short stories and novels, and Greek mythology. I think that helped me be a better writer, and my teachers used to make nice comments on my essays. When I was in Bible college, one of my professors wrote a note on a paper I’d done, saying he thought I should be a writer. It surprised me because I’d never thought about writing for anything but school work. That comment made an impact on me, because I’ve never forgotten it.

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