"Lost in Prayer" by Darrell Ferguson
Updated: Jul 6
Welcome, Darrell Ferguson to our blog. Let's find out more about the author of "Lost in Prayer."
Dr. Ferguson's books are the fruit of 25 years of pastoral ministry and biblical counseling, formal theological training, and a lifelong passion for Scripture. He lives in Colorado where he and his wife enjoy their three grown children and five grandchildren. He currently hosts the Food For Your Soul podcast.
Lost in Prayer Book Description:
We long for a deeper experience of God’s presence, but it’s hard. Our minds wander and prayer becomes … well … boring.
Lost in Prayer is more than a devotional. It’s a tool for guided prayer and meditation on God’s Word for enjoyable, satisfying communion with God. More than just a daily reading, the questions will stimulate your thoughts to enable you to think deeply. And the prayer prompts will keep your conversation with God moving in fresh, intriguing ways.
Where are you from? (Or where do you live?)
I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and have lived most of my life here.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Child of God
What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside writing and reading?
I love God’s creation—especially in motion. I worked many years as a whitewater rafting guide (where I met my wife, also a guide), and I enjoy hunting, Jeeping, motorcycling, and, when I was younger, BMX.
About Your Writing
What genre do you write?
I mostly write Christian Living nonfiction. However, my first novel is due out this year.
What inspired you to start writing?
My memory. Or more accurately, the lack thereof. I realized I was forgetting so much of what I’ve learned over the years, so I committed to put it in writing. If no one else read any of it, I’d still write it for my own sake (though I’d skip the editing!).
If you write fiction, where are your books set?
My novel, Escape From Paradise begins with the main character emerging into a strange, half-real world. Ten years later, he discovers why.
Is there a common theme to your books? What is it?
Yes. The dominant theme of my writing is also the dominant theme of everything else in my life—loving God. About 15 years ago, I spent two years studying the Psalms with the goal of learning what love for God really is, and how to increase it in my heart. That study change my life forever, and now it’s the central focus of everything I do.
What would you like readers to say about your books?
That my books helped them love or trust God more than they did before.
What is the best writing advice that someone has shared with you?
Impossible to chose. But one of the best was to begin listening to K. M. Weiland’s podcast.
About Christian Writing
What’s your inspiration for writing Christian fiction or non-fiction?
I decided to learn how to write fiction because I saw the power of storytelling. Fiction can captivate the heart, move the emotions, and embed things into memory for life. It’s mostly used by the world to press worthless things, or evil things into people’s hearts. I wanted to use it for pressing eternal truths from God’s Word into people’s affections.
How does your faith impact your writing?
The same as for all authors in the world. Everyone writes from the perspective of what they believe to be true. All of us, when we are creative, create that which expresses what we believe to be true and our perspective on the world. My hope is that in my case, those beliefs will accurately reflect what the Bible says.
Who are three of your favorite Christian authors?
John Piper, John MacArthur, and Richard Baxter.
How many years have you been writing? What advice would you give to someone before they wrote their first book? What’s one mistake you’ve learned when producing your book(s) that you could tell other writers how to avoid the same pitfall?
I’ve been writing sermons for over 30 years—about 350,000 words per year for 3 decades. I wrote my first book in 2003.
The big mistake I made in writing my novel was writing the novel first, then learning how to write fiction. If I had it to do over, I’d do it the other way around. I wrote the first draft, gave it to an editor, and received a basic education from her notes. Then I re-wrote it employing those principles. Then I took a class on writing, and re-wrote it again. Then I listened to some books on how to write, followed by another rewrite. Then I devoured the material in K. M. Weiland’s podcast and several other websites, then three more editors—each time, redoing the book.
Four years later, I wish I would have learned the craft first.
No one turns 50 and just decides to take up a new profession without going to school or getting significant training in that profession. Writing is like other professions. It’s not a craft that can be learned in a week.
Tell us about your next work in progress.
It’s a historical fiction work on the life of David. The sermon series I did on his life was one of the most popular I’ve preached, and I want to remember those principles. I want to put those principles in story form.
Thank you, Darrell for joining us on The Collaborative Press blog.
Those that what to find out more about Darrell Ferguson's work, visit:
Sermons & Articles: www.treasuringgod.com