Describe the writing process you and your brother Mike used for your book, When Worlds Collide: Stepping Up and Standing Out in an Anti-God Culture.
Throughout the writing process Mike was in North Carolina, and I was in South Carolina. We would take each chapter and topic we were passionate about. We both have very different personalities and perspectives, which made a more rounded book.
How did you organize the chapters and personal content (memories)?
We basically assembled ideas from the website we were writing for. We thought how can we put this message into a framework? So we printed off all the devotionals and spread out over the kitchen table. We asked ourselves where has God led us and what lessons has He been teaching us? Then we organized them into themes, which came very naturally. The content divided pretty easily in these themes and other topics.
Did the 1932 book When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer reflect the themes that arose from your memories or did this book help originate the ideas?
It was a bit of both. We wanted to get this idea across of two different worlds colliding, but also how many people did not believe in Jesus. People are skeptical, so it was a challenge trying to get that idea across and look at how are we preparing ourselves.
Describe the “cave-ins,” cave dwellers,” and “colliders.”
The cave-ins surrender and greet a world without God, while cave dwellers hide and try to live in peace as refuges. The colliders fight back and stand out/up for a God-centered life. We found more responses in one of these three types as we wrote – the struggle to break free as a cave dweller and being intentional to get out of the cave. People are often defined by making same decision more and more. It’s almost like our default. It is hard to be careful with every decision, but we also found in different areas we can be either of the three responses and we have to be authentic.