A. I went to Eastern Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Matt Redman
Q. Favorite movie
A. It's a Wonderful Life
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Child of GRACE, father, husband, author, surgeon, visionary
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Grace from the cutting edge"
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness is a state of mind when your soul is at rest, content to be just where you are, not perfect, but aware of being loved as a broken vessel.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. The fear of self-deception, that I could walk around blind to truth.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I've always wanted to visit the South Pacific. Now would be as nice a time as any...
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The disciple of Christ, Peter. Sometimes bumbling, denying his Lord, but effective, passionate for the cause.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Too many to name...mostly servants of the poor who have chosen to give up lucrative medical practices to serve the poor in remote countries.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. If I was aware of them, they wouldn't be overused, would they?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I regret the time I've wasted feeling guilty.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To speak foreign languages fluently, perhaps Arabic.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I'm tempted to say my three sons, but I know that parenting is so unpredictable, that I really can't take credit for their success.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I tend to focus too much on the big picture and lose the details. "Honey, have you seen my wallet?"
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I am a great idea person, not easily mired in all the possible reasons to fail.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Someone that can inspire the next generation, speaking with passion and wisdom into today's challenges....someone like Louie Giglio.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I hope that it is that I am approachable, not so caught up in the prestige of being a surgeon or author.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Jack Bauer!
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Dr. Simons, from my first three novels. Motivated. Passionate. But oh, so wrong!
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet the Apostle Paul and ask him questions about my life's direction.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Surgeon. Is there anything else more fun?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Fighter pilot.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Integrity, generosity, faithfulness
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. I'm trying to think of the most nutritionally complete food that would allow me to do this without suffering....oh well, never mind...ice cream!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I love so many different songs, from contemporary stuff to old hymns. I don't really have favorites. I do like "Third Day," Matt Redman and David Crowder
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Frank Peretti, Francis Schaeffer, John Piper
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. "This Present Darkness" (Peretti)
"Don't Waste Your Life" (Piper)
"The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" (Smith)
The Biblical Epistle to the Galatian church.
"Love Your God With All Your Mind" (Moreland)
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. "Breathing Grace: What You Need More than Your Next Breath."
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. When working on a first draft, don't slow down to make it perfect.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. How do you find time to write books, be a surgeon....etc?