About the Book
Book: Walking with Jesus
Author: Troy A. Waugh
Release Date: Feb, 2020
When God spoke to Troy Waugh saying, “I want you to walk the Natchez Trace,” he obeyed.
Never mind that he wasn’t young anymore—he would be seventy at the completion of the 444 mile walk. Never mind that the thirty-five-day walk would be far above his physical capabilities and experience. Never mind that this was Mississippi—in the summer.
Taking the challenge, Waugh uses the time to slow down and reflect on his life—his upbringing, his relationships, his struggles with workaholism—and to raise awareness for a homeless ministry. More than a travelogue, this is a journey into the soul of a man learning to walk with the Lord daily. His reflections will inspire others to reach for and accomplish their own difficult goals.
I believe my walk on the Natchez Trace was God’s method of shaking me loose from the regrets of my past and firming up my spiritual belief system so I could walk into the future closer to Jesus.
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About the Author
Troy Waugh is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Southern California. A mentor with Mission Development International, he helps leaders of Christian nonprofits achieve God’s vision in their lives and their organizations. The retired founder, former president, and CEO of The Rainmaker Academy, a training program for CPAs, is also the author of several books, and he lives with his wife, Sheryl, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.
More from Troy
Please join me on a spiritual journey along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. This book relates a journey of spiritual renewal and rediscovery. While it does describe what I encountered on this historic parkway, this is not a hiking or nature book. It is about my walk with Jesus and how He has loved me even during the times I may have strayed from Him.
In 2014 I experienced a deepening of my relationship with Jesus like no other. This book is about that cleansing and invigorating experience. My prayer is that you, too, will feel God’s love for you and you will recommit yourself to loving Jesus.
These thirty-one chapters are based upon notes from the daily journal I kept throughout the hike. Each of the days is unique, and each day God revealed Himself to me in a different way.
I trust your spirit will be renewed as I share some of my experiences of angels’ visits, hearing the audible voice of God, the move of the Holy Spirit, a shocking suicide, the miracle of a change in the climate, and the renewed life that comes from turning your life over to God.
Author Interview with Troy Waugh
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
The Thief on the cross who went to paradise the day Jesus died. Grill him one of my famous coffee/brown sugar rubbed prime filets.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is exhausting to me, particularly the 2nd, 3rd and 4th drafts, agonizing over each word.
How did writing this book grow you spiritually?
My life was in a whirlwind, just retired, concerned about mortality. This walk helped slow me down, centered my mind on important things like Jesus, my wife and family.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I read books and switch between fiction and non-fiction, books of the Bible and books about Jesus. Lately, I’ve been reading fiction books by Daniel Silva along with books about Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, about Teddy Roosevelt and The River of Doubt. Just finished a study in Matthew and beginning a study in Romans.
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service for nearly 4 years before going to college.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I wish I could write like Kahlid Hosseni (sp) The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (my fav).
It would be a real tragedy to arrive at the end of my life and not know myself, or for my family and friends not to know the real me.
When did you start writing?
This book was begun near the beginning of 2015 and finished near the end of 2019
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
The reading, rereading, editing seeking the right words and phrases
How do you do research for your books?
All 4 of my books have been written from my experiences, education, along with insights from others. The first three books were all business books written while I was consulting business leaders around the world.
Thank you Troy for your time and allowing us to get to know you better!
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