Jermaine Gadson is the founding pastor of Faith Ministries, Inc. in Birmingham, AL. He earned a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Congregational Studies and a minor in Classics from Samford University in Birmingham, AL., and a Master of Divinity degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree and hosts a local weekly television broadcast called Interceding for the City. He blogs on church leadership, Christian living and spiritual warfare at www.JermaineGadson.com.
Welcome Jermaine. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Yes. I am very excited to be here. Thank you for having me. I am a native of Birmingham, AL. I am married to my best friend, Kristy. We have been married for five years. We have a two year old daughter, Khloe, who will soon be three years old. I pastor a local church in Birmingham called Faith Ministries, Inc. I enjoy reading, writing, being outdoors, sports, and movies.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
I am more of a morning person, so I am more of a morning writer. However, there are times when I am just inspired or motivated to write, because of the spark of a new idea or just having a fresh sense of mental energy. In those instances it does not matter what time of the day it is. When I am in a flow, I am just in a flow; but it is easier to get in a flow for me earlier in the day.
Who is your greatest source of inspiration?
My greatest source of inspiration is actually my daughter, Khloe. She inspires me to be creative, to be productive, and to be a better me. I hope that one day when she is older and grown that she will be able to look back and be proud of her dad, and whatever I have accomplished or produced in life.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Tactics, Trends, and Traits of the Enemy is a practical guide to spiritual warfare that the everyday person can use and understand. No matter what walk of life you come from, whether you are a Christian leader, lay person, or even non-Christian, this book will help you to navigate the storms and obstacles of life that are a direct result of the Enemy's spiritual assault against humanity. In the book, I talk about temptation, fear, deception, addiction, mental bondages, and various other things that the forces of darkness use to keep people down, depressed, and defeated, or to destroy their lives.
Who is this book written for and have you always written for this market?
This book is primarily written for a Christian audience. However, I believe that any person, no matter the age, race, gender, or religious affiliation will benefit from this book and find it very useful and helpful. The book is based on biblical material, so I expect it to have the greatest appeal among Christians or the church world. This is actually the first completed and published book that I have had the privilege of writing.
What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market?
My book is different from other books on the market that deal with spiritual warfare because this book takes the spookiness and scariness out of spiritual warfare. Other books may emphasize the demonic in a way that deals solely with exorcisms and things of that nature. This book attempts to show how spiritual warfare is actually present in some of our everyday challenges, and how to overcome them. This book also focuses on specific things that keep the gospel from advancing in people's lives. This is a very practical and relevant book that literally anybody can read and benefit from. This book is written in such a way that even persons who may not be familiar with the topic will be able to get a lot from it.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Readers can purchase a copy of the book on online by going to my website or visiting Amazon.com. They can also visit their local LifeWay Christian Bookstore, or find it anywhere books are sold.
What is up next for you?
Next, I plan to develop a in-depth study curriculum that will expand on the study guide questions already found in the book. I believe that having a study companion to the book would make it of greater use and more attractive for churches, ministries, small group Bible studies, and discipleship groups to use it collectively, in addition to the individual reading the book on their own. I am also preparing to write a second book, that will hopefully be released by next year.