I’m an award winning author of two books. I haven’t won awards for the books, but I won 3rd place at the Math Olympics in 7th grade, so technically I am award winning. You can find out about them below, and both are available on Amazon in print, Kindle, and audiobook formats.
Almost Already: Insecurities, Failures, and Other Fun Things Nobody Likes to Talk About
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There are two things everyone has in common: we all love Tom Hanks, and we all have insecurities.
No one likes to admit it, but it’s hard to be confident in a world that seems eager to point out our failures. We’re impatient. We’re jealous. Some of us sit in our cars and cry while listening to Adele a little too often. If we all have insecurities, why is it still so embarrassing to admit them? We’re insecure about being insecure.
Almost Already discusses our real life issues in an open and honest way. There’s no hiding behind cliché catchphrases and cheap life hacks. Through all of our shortcomings and frustrations, we can become who we were meant to be by knowing who we already are.
We Started from the Bottom and We’re Still There: This is the First Chapter of the Book
Overlooked: Paying My Dues and Doing My Time
Great Mehxpectations: Order Hoarders and Hopeless Warriors
Waiting: Patience is a Virtue and a Huge Pain in the Butt
Come Fail Away: The Measure of Success
The Thief of Joy: Don’t Look at Me Looking at You
Hey Jealousy: Or Virtual Insanity or Some Other 90s Song
Mr. Blue Sky: The Search for Happiness
The Hopes and Fears of All the Years: Getting Past the Past
Faithfully Unfaithful: I Will Back Down (Sorry, Tom Petty)
Regress to Progress: Starting from the Finish Line
Unbalanced: Searching for Truth Between Religion and Culture (and Really Good Mexican Food)
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We live in a world of extreme polarization. We are constantly bombarded with opinions and arguments. As a result, church culture can become segregated from the rest of the world.
But Jesus walked on both sides of the dividing line. He spoke with religious people, and he ate with town rejects. What if God’s truth is somewhere between the division?
Unbalanced takes a close look at what we’ve separated over, what the church has gotten right and wrong, and where Jesus stands in the middle of it all.
Inside Outside: Why I’m Nervous at the Circus
Don’t Mess with the Formula: How the Top Two Greatest Albums Almost Never Happened
Silent Monk Screams: Why Some Pain Sticks Around Longer
Hollywood Moses: Why Christian Movies are So Terrible
My Public Meltdowns: What Types of People Belong in Church
Chili’s, Bennigan’s, and Other Places I Wasn’t Allowed To Go: How My Mom Conquered Her Fear of Bar-and-Grills
Zacchaeus: How God Burst My Church Bubble
Church in a Bar: How Jesus and John the Baptist Were Complete Opposites and Completely Alike
The Exaggerated Battles of American Christians: What is the Best Form of Protest?
Identity Crisis: Who does the Perfect Christian Looks Like?
Full House Lied to Me: Why I Can’t Run Away from Home
God Did It: How I Deal with Atheists, Science, and Questions
Hamster Prison Break: Why We Have Trouble with Freedom
Behind Burned Doors: When My Grandma Dropped the Mic
Please Like Me: When What You Didn’t Know Existed Becomes What You Can’t Live Without
Stick of Dynamite: What Side is Jesus On?
Here’s what the people are saying (I promise these are not all written by my mom):
“Brilliant reflections on growing up as the “Christian kid” and the challenges faced as you step out of the comfortable church bubble, only to realize that Jesus never lived in a bubble. These honest and hilarious accounts / reflections are a great read for any religion or background!”
“As someone who grew up in a similar environment, this really hits close to home without feeling preachy or condemning at any point. This is exactly what I needed to read and it’s sparked more conversations in the last 24 hours than any book that I’ve ever read. This is what my generation needs to hear and throwing in burritos and renegade hamsters makes it a page turner.”
“This book is an easy read and yet addresses some important questions in the light of today’s culture. I laughed so hard at the stories and jokes that were inter-spliced though out. Unbalanced caused me to rethink some of my own ideas and opened me up to some new ones.”
“One of the things I like the most about this book is that Jon mixes silly humor (one of my favorite things) with genuinely heartfelt pain. The book dives into a number of topics, including one I’ve been waiting YEARS to see someone address, which is why Christian movies are so bad. Jon is heavy on the humor but not light on insight. This is a truly entertaining and rewarding read.”
“This book goes behind the church pews and into the walls of the bar. It also goes somewhere the bravest fear to go…behind the counter of a Moe’s Southwest Grill.”