David A. R. White is the founding partner of PURE FLIX and he has just released his new book is BETWEEN HEAVEN & HOLLYWOOD: Chasing Your God-Given Dream (Zondervan). David A.R. White always dreamed of working in Hollywood but he was not sure how he would get there and if he would make it...In this part memoir/part inspirational guide, David shares his often times hilarious journey of obstacles and successes from the wheat fields of a Kansas Mennonite Community (his first film was "Grease") to Moody Bible College (he dropped out!) to Hollywood.
Q: David, congratulations on the release of your new book. Let's start with yourself, you have been a producer and actor of quite a few faith movies. What were some of the movies you were involved in?
A: I'm THANKFUL to have been in quite a few. Some of my favorites are the Revelation Road films, 1,2, & 3, Me Again, Brother White, and of course, the God's Not Dead movies.
Q: What is your God-given dream for you own life?
A: Great question! I know that it is in being the father and husband that God called me to be. On the career side, it's been to build a faith and family studio that can impact culture for Christ, and to enlarge that footprint around the world. Also, it's to use my performing side in unique ways to accomplish those goals.
Q: How can you tell if a dream is yours or God's?
A: This is a little more complicated, and we spend a lot of time talking about it in the book. But one way, is the overall question of, "is your dream BIGGER than you?" So often we have these dreams growing up, and by the time we reach adulthood, we've cut them into very manageable pieces, so we don't get disappointed. I think that is the opposite of what we should do. We should set higher goals, as our God is the author of Bigness not littleness :) If the dream is bigger than you can achieve on your own, then there is a good chance that it's from the Lord.
Q: What's the role of faith in chasing our God-given dreams?
A: I think it always centers around God's will for your life and the freedom that he also gives us in pursuit of those dreams he puts inside of us.
Q: Let's talk about your own personal journey, you have met with quite a few obstacles. What were a few of them?
A: In life, there's always a lot of challenges along the way, from health...to family...to career setbacks. But the key to remember is that through those setbacks and challenges, for every hardship and failure you endure, they could very well be the stepping stones of success and the realization of God's Dream for you.
Q: How are we to view obstacles? How can you differentiate between an obstacle and a closed door?
A: So often we are riddled by fear and self-doubt. But I think we need to remember, that our courage is not the absence of that fear, but the triumph over it. As you go through those hardships and obstacles, often time you'll discover God's real plan for you.
Q: In the book, you talked about your touching last conversation with your dad. What was the conversation about? And what did he say?
A: y Mfather, the night before he passed, had just randomly called me to say hi, and to tell me that he was proud of me and what I was doing. I didn't realize that would be my last conversation with him. But, I'm so thankful that the Lord allowed me to have it. It meant the world to me.
Q: For our readers who would like to find out more about you and your book, where can they go?
A: Check out DavidARwhite.com or go to Amazon.com or a host of other stores!