The book of Joshua Part 1
Matt (M.R.) Davenport was born in a small town in Northern California. He’s traveled the U.S. a lot since then. He is the “middle” child. “And therefore, have the issues of such.” As he points out.
He served in the US Army as a Military Policeman. It was, at the time, his aspiration to be a full time California Highway Patrolman. But life got in the way.
He met and married his first wife shortly after leaving the service. They had three children together. Mercedes first while living in Missouri. Then Caleb came along after they returned to California. Then Jacob. He loves his kids.
Separation (and eventually divorce) from his first wife was a devastating time. For both him and their children. He blames no one for it but himself. Details of what led up to their parting of ways will often be referenced in his blogs.
In 2016 Matt moved from Missouri to Oregon where he now resides. A long string of what can only be described as “supernatural” events led him to meet another lady named Nancy. Their romance budded and grew for a year and a half and they were married in April of 2018.
From the time he was in school, he has been a writer. And often fantasized about writing a book. “It wasn’t until I met Nancy that God led me to being able to accomplish it. Now it cannot be turned off and I write constantly.”
With his first book (Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of Love) published, the biggest hurdle was accomplished. Writing the second one (Ketchwood: Curse of the Everstone) came much easier.
The first was a teaching book about how amazing God’s love is for mankind.
This was named for, and grew out, of a blog he began at the “clear direction” of the Holy Spirit. It is the first of a series he is developing based upon the different aspects of God’s created attributes that He puts in us. Love being the first and most important, next will be Joy, then Faith, Hope, Grace, Peace, Mercy, Blessings, Trust, Truth, Holiness, and, finally, Salvation. Twelve in all. Each will be titled under the cover of “Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of…”
The 31 came along as the original book was to be a 31 Day Devotional. But with prayerful advice from others, it was agreed that the chapters were too long for a simple devotional and it was renamed and re-purposed.
One of the issues Matt faced early on in writing was that he fought to remain in-genre. As most writers do so, his mind could not. And would not. So, he did not. One of his heroes of the faith was C.S. Lewis. “He said and did so much for the Christian writer. He wrote teaching books, novels of fantasy and allegory, and more. I guess I saw that God has blessed me in that arena as well. I figured if he did it, I can too. As long as God gets the glory.” Matt has worked in many fields in his life. He has been a truck driver, pastor, police officer, pizza delivery driver, office administrator, short order cook, and more. Being a dad is one of his favorite things of all. He currently lives in Albany, Oregon. Where, he says, “A revival is about to break out. God loves our city and He is going to save it!”
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