Welcome back to the Influence Online Book Discussion!

If you’re joining us after reading Monday’s post on Tension, it’s great to see you again. If you just hopped on this wild ride, welcome aboard! I hope this series will be a great blessing to you.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll be discussing two chapters per week from the book, Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me).


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Every Monday and Wednesday from February 4th to March 13th I’ll be posting new video interviews with fabulous guests.

Our second video features Alia Joy, a friend of mine and a huge inspiration to me!

We had the chance to chat about what it’s like when fear creeps in. As a writer, I often experience imposter syndrome, and Alia Joy had great insights on the struggle.

Enjoy the interview!

Want to listen to the audio only? Here you go:

“There’s nothing that God intends for me that I’m going to miss out on.”
~ Alia Joy

In this interview, Alia addresses topics and issues like:

  • Common fears writers face
  • Imposter syndrome
  • “What if nobody reads me?”
  • “What if everybody reads me?”
  • Is platform building self-serving?
  • The importance of taking time to nurture the message
  • The importance of integrity, sincerity, identity, and accountability
  • . . . and much more!

“There isn’t anything that I could write that is going to impress God.”

~ Alia Joy

In our conversation, Alia also talks about the power of reminding yourself of your identity in Christ, specifically that you are beloved.

If you struggle with finding ways to remember these truths, I encourage you to download this free writing playlist for Christian writers.

It includes a playlist of 17 songs that will help you refocus your mind on who God is and who you are in His eyes.

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“Writing is a huge gift, but it doesn’t change who I am.”

~Alia Joy

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Alia Joy is an INFJ and Enneagram 4w5 . . . so it’s complicated. Wife and mom, coffee-dependent, grace saved, cynical idealist learning fluency in her native tongue, the language of hope. “My pen is my weapon of choice to fight off the darkness when depression looms, it is my compass for navigating my messy mind, my even messier heart. Writing is my wilderness and my home. I write the reminders to find my way back to the heart of God. I write to feel God’s pleasure.”

Her first solo book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God In All We Lack releases April 2nd and is available for preorder now.

You can follow Alia Joy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Thanks so much for being here! Come back on Monday for Chapter 3 as we discuss calling and how it relates to platform building from a Christian perspective. See you next week!

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