Interview with Eric Bryant On His NEW Book!

My friend Eric Bryant has a new project coming out today called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. You may know of Eric from his work at Gateway Church in Austin or at Mosaic in Los Angeles or from his previous book Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World (also known as Peppermint-Filled Pinatas).

I interviewed Eric about his new project:

VINCE: In A Fruitful Life, what are you trying to communicate?
ERIC: God works in our lives and even helps us trust Him, but there are things we must do to really grow. If we are willing to put in the work and develop the skills derived from Jesus’ parable of the soils in Matthew 13 and Luke 8, our lives will never be the same.Rather than succumb to a hard heart, trials, or temptations, instead we can live a fruitful life – transformed by God and transforming others. We have unlimited capacity to influence others spiritually. Our fears, weaknesses, past mistakes, regrets, background, and the trials we face do not have to keep us from being fruitful.

VINCE: What are some of the themes A Fruitful Life addresses?
ERIC: A Fruitful Life will help you…

  • Discover your calling.
  • Make decisions using a grid for hearing God’s voice
  • Overcome the most painful moments of life.
  • Make progress in areas where you are most tempted.
  • Experience renewal and bring change to others.

Applying the Scriptures to our life and developing the skills derived from the parable of the soils really is life-changing. I have seen God do remarkable things in my life, in the lives of others who went through this material in small groups, and in the lives of those who experienced the material in the context of a retreat or sermon series. When we are spiritually receptive, tenacious, intentional, and proactive, we are in the right place for God to work in our lives and through our lives.


VINCE: What makes this project different from others?
ERIC: By teaming with Snippet, we are offering something that is far more interactive than a paperback and much more than an e-book. Each Snippet in this series includes videos and other discoverables plus the ability to interact with each other.


VINCE: You mentioned you have a special offer for those who frequent my blog?
ERIC: I do! I appreciate so much what you and your team do at Verve! Download for free A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be and be sure to check out the last chapter on how to become a winner of the next four snippets in the series. Five of your blog readers will win the entire series. Plus, all who download A Fruitful Life on June 19th will be eligible for other free bonus resources and a discounted rate for the rest of the series.

VINCE: Great. Thanks, Eric! Keep it weird there in Austin!

MORE ABOUT ERIC: Dr. Eric Michael Bryant serves with Gateway Church in Austin as the team leader for Central and South Austin and as part of the teaching team. Known for their mottos, “no perfect people allowed,” and “come as you are, but don’t stay that way.”

Eric coaches church planters and campus pastors, teaches on Post Christian Ministry, and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership. More on these opportunities can be found here.