Today, we welcome author Drew Haack to I & R. As an athlete, nursing student, and writer, Drew has always felt a passion for a diversity in putting himself out there. After writing for a publication that consisted of satire, interviewing prominent figures, and more, he decided to step back as a contributor and editor. He began writing pieces independently and it wasn't long until he took on writing "Down to the Heart of It". His goal is to make his faith the foundation and then see what God has from there.
Drew is going to talk about his book with us today and he is giving away one copy of Down to the Heart of It!
Drew, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
The hardest thing about writing is finding balance. For “Down to the Heart of It,” I had to decide on a balance between injecting challenging thoughts, and entertainment. I believe I found a balance, but it’s been an ongoing process of work and prayer.
What is the central theme of your book?
The central theme of “Down to the Heart of it” is finding and living out Christ’s love. However, my goal was to dig deeper than many of the books that touch on love. I wanted my readers to be encouraged by giving them honesty, which I believe is scant out there in books right now.
What inspired you to write this book?
Writing has always been an ongoing backdoor passion. For this specific book inspiration, I heard a sermon about taking what God put in front of us. I had a piece written in 2018, but that message in early 2019 felt like it might be God saying, “Let’s go.”
Is there a message you want your readers to grasp?
I want readers in this book to know the gospel isn’t about “profound.” It’s authentic. Be grateful for what God did; use that to fuel how you live and love others. My hope is readers pick up on specific ways to live, but motivation always comes back to God, not the quotable or pick up lines.
How were you saved?
I stepped over the faith line at an early age with the insight of some amazing parents. In a family prayer circle, I confessed I was a sinner and told God I believed in Him. But I would say I didn’t really commit to God until making a life-altering decision around seventeen. God’s got a funny way of using those stressors in our life to do crazy awesome things.
He certainly does! Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
I would say to my readers that I wrote this to encourage myself and hopefully you. I hope you are, and I’m not here on some far-off island. Send me prayer requests, and please be praying for me.
What is your favorite Scripture verse?
My favorite scripture verse is Matthew 6:33. It talks about we’ll have everything we could ever want or need. But it boils down to one principle I’m still working on. That’s putting God first and chasing after the plan He’s unraveling in our lives.
Thank you for sharing with us today, Drew! You can follow Drew on Facebook.
And now, dear readers, if you live in the U.S. and would like to win a print copy of Down to the Heart of It, fill out the form below! This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Rachel Miller