About four years ago I was prompted to think about the difficulty of trans-generational transfer of faith. Reading in the Old Testament about the problems that many of the Kings and prophets had with some of their sons got me started. It’s not a given you know, actually the record is not that good. (Think David/Absalom) And then I thought I heard God whisper, “What about your grandchildren Buck? How are they going to know how I changed your life?” As I reflected on the question I realized that two of my three daughters and all of my grandchildren had been born after Jesus had saved and changed me and, if nothing happened, they would never hear the story of the change that Jesus made in my heart and life, let alone the miracles He’s done to provide and lead me in the 40+ years since. I knew they would never sit still long enough for me to really tell them and yet… there was so much that I would want them to know. That’s when the whisper said, “Write a book for them.” And that’s how it started. I did write a manuscript and sort of sat on it for a season. I shared the manuscript with a few trusted friends and their consensus was “This needs to be shared!” Without going into all the details, God connected me with Kenneth Overman, a professional biographer, and “I, Radical” is the result of our collaboration. It is the original manuscript expanded to include the details of how The C12 Group started and how The Lord has grown it over the past 22+ years to be the largest provider of CEO roundtable groups to Christian business owners and CEOs in the nation serving thousands of members in over 30 states through well over a hundred and fifty groups. It is in many ways “A book of remembrance.”
Here is a quote from the back page of I,Radical:
“I will always have all I need to do all God wants!”
“Now that’s a pretty radical statement don’t you think? And yet it has been my way of life for over forty years. Think about that. For over forty years I have trusted in God in Christ to provide all that I have needed to feed and support my family, care for my personal needs, and to supply all I’ve needed in starting and growing a business that has become a national leader in its market-space. And now, as a 76 year-old, I am trusting Him to give me His strength and all I need to finish the race that He set before me, and to finish it strong! Yes, I realize that is radically different thinking from the norm in our culture, even our evangelical Christian church culture. But I’ve bet my life on the truth of that simple statement and this book is my story.
I’m an ordinary man who failed at most of the most important things in life until Jesus Christ reached down to me and saved me. My life changed forever on November 18, 1973 when I responded to the gospel and said to Jesus ” Lord, if this is real, and You died on the cross so that I could be forgiven for my sin, and You want my life, You can have it and I will do whatever You want with the rest of it.” I had no idea what that might mean or what would happen or how good an “abundant life” could be. I know now. Jesus, that’s how. Jesus is the answer. It is just that radically simple. I gave Him my life forty years ago and this is the story of what He has done with an ordinary man who trusts Him.”
It’s been quite a trip! I’d love to share it with you! If you would like to order a copy just click on the book and the link will take you to an order page.