What brought me here:

My name is Joshua Ray Penick. As of January 14, 2018, I am 32 years young. (yes, I used young instead of old). God has called me to be an author to the youth of tomorrow. And to use my creative engine to imagine the impossible. Because with God anything is possible. (Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37, Philippians 4:13)

Get to know me:

  • I’m male (if it was not obvious to you)
  • I will attempt humor, even its not by best strength.
  • I am introverted
  • I hate formalities

When I was in 1st or 2nd grade, I received Jesus into my heart. I learned more about Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and The Father than my old church able to teach me. It is one of my missions is to teach the youth what I have learned.

If I learned what I know now, as a small child, then the dream God has given me would be further along. But who has not said that? I want to give this next generation the tools they need to live out their God-given dream. To learn how to receive what God has placed in their heart. Don’t forget, with God, it is never too late.

Get to know me:

  • I enjoy puzzles
  • I’m a fan of Legos (just not the price)
  • I prefer Windows and Android over Apple
  • I enjoy RPG games that forces on world building and rich storytelling

Ever since I was a young boy (either 1st or 2nd grade), in my heart, I wanted to be a writer. And, I also wanted to own a pizza shop. Because what little boy doesn’t enjoy pizza. And free pizza at that.

I can remember writing a story when my class visited our school’s computer lab. Yes, they had a computer lab in 1994. Surprising, but still true. It was an old Mac—I think. I can only remember the name of the story I wrote, and the basic theme of the story.

I don’t remember if I finished the story. But I hope one day to rewrite it. This time making sure it lines up what the Word of God. Because self-sacrifice doesn’t get you into heaven. Just faith in the blood of Jesus. (See justification by faith)

Get to know me:

  • I’m Single
  • I have a gift of patience
    • Like everyone, I can still grow in it
  • Great with Computers and tech devices
  • I enjoy thinking big without constraints

It has been a few years since God has reminded me of my dream of being a writer. Years before that, in school, I wanted to be a sci-fiction writer. I planned to learn all about science so I can write books. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But college did not work out the way I imagine.

But, God still has His plans for me. It’s never too late. Today, the internet allows you access to learn almost anything you want. Though, I recommend you don’t google something that would put you on the FBI watch list.

Several years ago when my grandparents were visiting. (5 or 7 years ago). We were at Walmart and I was bored. So I browsed through their selection of books. This book (“This Side of Heaven” by Karen Kingsbury) called out to me. I never considered reading for fun.

After reading the book, God revealed He wanted me to write for Him. So, I had to delete a few of my story concepts. Because their themes and plots were contrary to the Word of God. Over time He has expanded that vision he put on my heart as a small boy. And this big dream, this vision I have, is only the beginning. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

The Lord showed me I was to write for the youth of tomorrow (Ages 12-24). Though, I might write outside that age range sometimes. There is much to learn. Though God rarely calls those who are qualified. So, what do I have to worry about?

The youth has something to offer the previous generation. That is right. I recognized the youth can teach the previous generation. I am willing to listen and learn to the best of my ability. What do I hope to learn, I hear you asking? Simple. I want their unique understanding of the world around them. To write interesting, real 3-D characters, you have to base them off real people.

If the youth will listen, God will teach them the revelations He has stored up for them. But they have to ask in faith. (James 1:5-8). If you are one of those youth adults, then let me know. I would like to hear from you.

Get to know me:

  • Continuity matters to me
  • I prefer 1st person over 3rd person
  • I prefer casual-flexible writing over formal writing
  • I like the concept of a connected universe

 

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