About Me: I am an aspiring author and blogger (in case you hadn’t noticed) and I currently pay the mortgage practicing as a small business attorney in the suburbs of Chicago. I am very blessed to be married to an amazing woman and we have two wonderful daughters. I teach sunday school at a local Lutheran church and fill in from time to time teaching sessions of Financial Peace University. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Christ Renews His Parish retreat in 2011 and was selected a year later to act as Lay Director for the team putting on the 2012 retreat, and the lead-up to the 2013 retreat. It was an experience that dramatically changed my life and introduced me to a more tangible relationship with God. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cycling and home improvement projects.
My Books: In addition to writing for this blog, I am currently in the process of completing my first book which is tentatively titled “Renewed: The Seven Minutes That Should Have Changed My Life But Didn’t.” You can read excerpts from that book on this blog which are released as completed. My next work is in the notes stage and would be an offshoot of my post entitled “Letters from Grandpa” (the first post on this blog).
The Tools I Use: This blog is a free WordPress blog using the Bueno theme for now. I plan to upgrade to a self-hosted blog using BlueHost in January 2014. The photographs on this blog are all sourced through Foter.com and are attribution license. Foter is the only well-managed site I have found that allows genuinely free photos as long as you give credit to the artist. I love it. I tweet as @JamesDVoigt and have both a personal Facebook page as well as an author’s page. Please feel free to “like” or “friend” me at either or both. I tweet and post to my author page using HootSuite.com and that is proving to be a very valuable resource the more I learn about it. Right now, I am using the free service. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Comments Policy: I encourage all comments, especially if you disagree with me on something. I like honest discussion. I do not allow comments which are abusive or vulgar in nature, and so far I have not received any. I discourage comments that are meant solely to stir the pot. That being said, Jesus Christ himself stirred the pot. But He did so with a mission in mind. I like controversy, as long as it’s backed by a mission. I would ask the same of my commenters. Ultimately, I reserve the right to refuse to post any comment for any reason and to ban any commenter for any reason. Although I will usually ask first before using any portion of your comment in a future post, I technically reserve the right to re-post any comment or portion of a comment you leave on my site, but I always give credit to the commenter and include a link to their blog if they have one.
I hope you enjoy my blog and that it reminds you of what you are capable of accomplishing. I love reading your comments and honest feedback. God bless you and don’t forget that you were built to be awesome, and our task is making disciples. So let’s get to work!