Interview with RL Keller, Author of Man's Rejection of God: Who's Responsible?
Richard Louis Keller was born in Newark, NJ in 1955. His parents moved to Middletown Township (NJ) one year later, where Rich grew up, attending their school system through high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society his Junior and Senior years at Middletown High, a member of the JV cross country team and the gymnastics team's equipment manager. He finished in the top 10th of his 1,064 member graduating class and as a result had the distinct honor of giving a speech at his graduation. Rich attended Montclair State College (MSC) from 1973-78 graduating with a BA in Radio & Television Broadcasting and a minor in American History. While at Montclair, he was a sports writer for the MONTCLARION school newspaper, the Sports Director for WMSC-FM and on the yearbook staff. Rich gave his life to Christ on March 21, 1979 through the Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at MSC. Since his conversion he has spent time as a youth pastor, pulpit filler and bible teacher at various churches through the years. Rich has always liked to write and seeing it as a gift from God sought ways to be used. His passion to write was fueled when he began writing a daily devotional blog back in 2011. His desire to minister to the body of Christ was rewarded in July of 2012 when his first book, There Are No McDonald's In Heaven: Waiting on God, was published. He second work, Thoughts From a Random Mind: A Daily Devotional, was published in January of 2013. His third book, titled Man's Rejection of God: Who's Responsible? came out just this past March.
I started writing with my devotional blog back in March of 2011.
What is this book about?
It touches a lot of bases, but a common thread weaves itself throughout the book, reaching its culmination in the final chapter. A question is asked and a challenge is presented. The question: Are Christians causing people to reject God? The challenge: Take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and make an assessment of your spiritual walk with the Lord. How much like Jesus are you?
What inspired you to write it?
I have been walking with the Lord for over 35 years and have always wanted to write. Two years ago the opportunity to write my first book There Are No McDonald’s in Heaven: Waiting on God came about. I have long had a burden and passion to encourage and edify the body of Christ. All my books stem from this burden to make a difference within the body one person at a time. I see the brethren struggling in their faith. I wrote this particular book to instruct them and help them make some possible necessary changes.
How is it similar to other books in its genre? How is it different?
Many books seek to encourage and edify the reader. In that way it is similar. It’s different because I am a layman with a ministerial background who offers an easy flowing, easy to understand writing style that breaks things down to their simplest components from a layman’s perspective.
What is the most important thing readers can learn from your book?
You are not alone in your struggles. We aren’t all that different from unbelievers. The difference lies not in WHO we are, but rather WHOSE we are. The reader will understand a little more what others believe and how to draw closer to God and become more like Christ, whom we represent.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
My ministry website (www.breadoflifemin.net … for a personally signed copy), www.amazon.com, www.christianbook.com, www.westbowpress.com, www.barnesandnoble.com.
What is up next for you?
I am putting together a speaking tour at NJ churches of various denominations. It’s my first one so I am excited at the possibilities. Check my website regularly on the Scheduled Events page for places, dates and times. I am also working on my 4th book that will bear the title Stark Raving Obedience.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I would like to invite readers to visit my daily devotional blog and my author’s blog (links shown above).