Library of work

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits is a remarkable success of a book, a New York Times bestseller with over 10 million copies sold, and a perennial mainstay on the Amazon Charts.

James’s story is fascinating, and he shares some in the book. His 3-2-1 newsletter is also immensely popular.

I worked on an early draft of Atomic Habits to help whittle his 120,000+ words to something more digestible. That said, James was already a clear writer (no apologies for puns) who’d put in a decade of writing before this book.

All nonfiction writers, watch this: How to deconstruct bestsellers with James Clear .

The Father Effect John Finch with Blake Atwood

John Finch’s life story is equally tragic and inspiring.

He lost his father to suicide when John was only eleven, then spent his young adult years chasing after an emptiness that could never be filled: a father-shaped hole in his heart.

When he eventually became a father to three daughters, John realized something deep within had to change. Though a businessman by trade, God led him to create the documentary The Father Effect, which eventually led to this book, published by FaithWords.

The Gospel According to Breaking Bad Blake Atwood

The incongruity of the title isn’t lost on me. Breaking Bad is a violent show. There’s cursing and blood and evil.

But when I read this quote from showrunner Vince Gilligan, I considered how this critically acclaimed show might reveal the gospel in contrast: “I want to believe there’s a heaven. But I can’t not believe there’s a hell.”

Consequently, the book takes a thoroughly Christian look at the show, delving into weighty theological issues such as identity, death, justice, power, fate, free will, and the gospel itself.

And yes, this book is for fans as spoilers abound.

Sins of the Five Fathers James H. Drury with Blake Atwood

This description deserves its own lengthy article for its meaning to me.

The short version: James H. Drury is my late uncle, a pastor and author who passed away too soon.

It was my honor and privilege to edit and posthumously release this book on his behalf.

If you like the Longmire series, you should like this book.

And what’s even more bittersweet is that Sins has been well received—and it was the first of a planned series.

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor Blake Atwood

Released in 2015, I wrote this to help my clients and garner new ones. I answer general questions about working with an editor:

  • Should I hire an editor?
  • How much will editing cost?
  • What kind of editor do I need?

But my favorite chapter is the encouraging one: Unveiling Validation’s Hiding Place: How to Defeat Every Writer’s Nightmare.”

The following works are not listed in any particular order. I had the honor and privilege to help each of these authors hone their books before their public debuts, either through developmental editing, copyediting, or co-writing.

And I’m proud to see that so many have been well-reviewed.

The Path of the Shepherd Leader: How to Lead like Jesus / Dan Houze

To Protect and Serve: How One Officer Sought to Change the World / Jeremy Turner

Overlap: Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job / Sean McCabe

Leadership from 30,000 Feet: Attributes of Effective Leaders as Told by Five Air Force Generals / H.D. “Jake” Polumbo et. al

Feast and Famine No More: How to Fill Your Editing Schedule and Keep It Full / Blake Atwood

Always Rolling Forward: The Power of Hope against Insurmountable Odds / Abdi Warsame

Grace Changes Everything: How to Be Enough in a Do-More World / Janna Wright

Time on the Cross: A Father’s Tribute / Dwight Fletcher

Where Are You, God? His Presence in Our Pain / David Vestal

Reset / Michael Jones

UNBOXED: An Unfiltered Guide to Creating a Career on Your Terms / Nick Murphy

Be Silent / Danie Botha

Break the Ordinary: Finding Success in Personal, Professional, and Social Life / Kit Gupta

Dead Man Watching: The Incredible Story of a Man Who Watched Himself Die and Lived to Tell It / Dr. John Haart

Do What I Say: Life as My Mother Predicted / Brooke Ignet Hocker

The Entrepreneur Detour: What They Can’t Teach You in Business School / Kevin Cortez

Focus Booster: Have More Clarity Make Better Decisions Live A Better Life / Erik Fisher and Jim Woods

In Search of Work-Life Balance: A Small Book with a Faith-Based Approach to a Large Problem / Russell Clayton

Leader Lies: Ten Truths I Learned As a Liar / Matt Wade

Lead with Imagination: Regaining the Power to Lead and Live in a Changing World / Brian Paradis with Curtis W. Wallace

Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting / Blake Snow

The Professional’s Guide to Technical Ministry: How Your Work as a Minister, Manager, and Master of Technology Can Change Lives / Marty Hill

Mr. and Mrs. How to Thrive in a Perfectly Imperfect Marriage: A Christian Marriage Advice Book / Kurt Bubna with Blake Atwood

Revolution of One: It’s Time to Come Alive Again! / V. Alan Jones

Stand Firm: From the Darkness of Pornography and Sexual Sin into the Light of God’s Grace / Lynn Fredrick

Stephonisms: My Thoughts, My Words, and My Experiences // Stephon Williams

Stuck: When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How Mark Riggins with Blake Atwood

The Big Day: The How-to Guide for Creating a Culture of Physically, Mentally, Emotionally & Spiritually Successful Leaders Robert W. Whipple

Facebook Pages 101: Using Facebook Pages for Business Success Michelle Post

FORTIFIED: From Fear, Anxiety, and Bondage to Freedom and Power in Jesus Jim Stern

Be: The Way of Rest: A Holistic Recipe for Walking with Jesus Jim Stern

Strong in the Spirit: Building Spiritual Strength Mark Foley

Apolo-WHAT?: Christian Apologetics for the Garden-Variety Pewsitter Adam Neubauer