Saturday, February 18, 2023

Book Tour: No Higher Calling by Craig Ireland @craigcireland @RABTBookTours

Shepherding God's People According to Paul

Biblical Reference, Church Leadership, Christian Ministry

Date Published: January 17, 2023

Publisher: Lucid Books


What this book offers is a chance for church leaders-and anyone desiring to serve as a church leader-to enjoy some personal mentoring at the feet of the Apostle Paul.

The Apostle Paul, who was undoubtedly the Lord's most fruitful apostle (1 Cor. 15:10), gives us profound insight into:

- Developing a Scripturally elevated sense of the importance of Church leadership.

- Understanding the Biblical function of church leaders (both the what and the how of their role in shepherding Christ's flock).

- Overcoming crisis, temptation, criticism, and the many other challenges of ministry.

- Understanding the spiritual warfare of ministry and church leadership.

- Learning how to be on guard to preserve one's health and the health of the church against spiritual attacks.


The church today is in a critical state and in much need of strong, healthy, biblical leadership.

Interview with Craig Ireland

What is your schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I write in short bursts. It all depends on when I’m feeling inspired. If I’m building momentum, I can write for days without stopping. If I feel momentum waning, I can go weeks without writing a single word. For me, it’s all very impromptu and unplanned.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Not for the genre I write. I feel like pseudonyms are more for authors writing fiction, period drama, and things of that nature.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Far more often than I’d like to admit.

Does your family support your career as a writer?


How many hours a day do you write?

Again, it depends on how much momentum I have. Probably between 2-5 hrs is a good average.

If you could invite any three people for dinner, whom would you invite?

Charles Spurgeon

Adoniram Judson

Hudson Taylor

Would you share something about yourself that your readers don’t know (yet)?

Sure. Many of my readers wouldn’t be aware that I suffer from severely impaired vision. When I write, I use my laptop with a 40” monitor. I have to have the page and words blown up to a gigantic font size so I can see them.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I try to be more original. If I can't be original in my ideas, then I aim to be original in my expression of them.

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

I feel more relief than anything else.

These days, finishing a book involves endless rounds of editing, proofing, rewriting, more editing, etc.

When it’s all over, I take a long and deep sigh of relief.

If you could be mentored by a famous author, who would it be?

Definitely, Charles Spurgeon. I have him listed above as one of my invitees to dinner. He was a prolific author of the 19th century who is still being widely read and enjoyed today. He was also the inspiration for my first book.

About the Author

Craig Ireland was born in Sydney, Australia and now resides in Rochester, New York. He is married to Katarina Ireland, and they have four children. Craig has earned a Bachelor of Theology from Charles Sturt University (Australia), a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Chester (United Kingdom) and is currently working on his Doctorate at Columbia International University (United States).

Craig has served in various ministry roles for the past twenty years. As a young twenty-year-old, Craig was initially employed as a local church evangelist and has since gone on to plant churches, work in church revitalization, and serve several congregations as their Senior Pastor. Craig has also conducted and taught extensively in pastoral training seminars, networks, and conferences all across the world, equipping and resourcing tens of thousands of church planters and leaders.

Craig continues his ministry of training pastors, leaders, and church planters among the most unreached people groups of the world.

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