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Produced by Faith

Produced by Faith

Enjoy Real Success without Losing Your True Self

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STRAIGHT FROM HOLLYWOOD comes a dynamic business model for building a thriving career without compromising your faith. DeVon Franklin, vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, shares how being bold about his Christian faith while being driven and ambitious has actually worked in his favor to help him excel in a high-profile, fast-paced, competitive industry.

You are the movie. Produced by Faith parallels each step of the Hollywood filmmaking process with the faith-making process God uses to turn your career into a success. You will discover that it is possible to be both wildly successful and completely committed to God—and that you will be even more successful when you place your faith at the center of your career. You can unleash the power of your faith as your greatest professional advantage and use the compass of God’s Word to guide you to your true passion and purpose in life. In this informative, inspiring book, DeVon reveals the secrets to maintaining your faith while advancing in your career. Here he shows you:

* How to discover The Big Idea for your life

* How to take your career to the next level

* How to recognize the signs God sends you that indicate when it’s time to movein a new direction

* How to stand firm on your Christian principles without compromise

* How to work with people who don’t understand your beliefs

* How to choose a profession, industry, or company that is in tune with your purpose

DeVon says, “I know from my own experiences that if you will put your career in God’s hands and trust Him, you can’t account for all the ways He will bless you. When you step out in faith, He will open doors and bring you opportunities that will surpass even your wildest expectations. . . . If I have learned anything, it’s this: To get where you want to go, you’ve first got to become the person God wants you to be.”
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  • Howard Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451671964 | 
  • June 2012
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Produced by Faith includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

Life is like a Hollywood movie, filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs, comedy and tragedy. And just like a feature film, God moves us through life from the Big Idea into Development, then into Production and Distribution. No one knows this better than DeVon Franklin, a successful Hollywood producer and a follower of Jesus Christ. In Produced by Faith, Franklin encourages people of faith to let God write their story and to build a thriving career without compromising their faith.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Have you ever experienced tension between your career and your faith—either inner tension, such as a clash in values, or outward discrimination from others, or both? If so, describe how you handled the situation. If not, why do you think that is? If you can, share some practical tips you've discovered for successfully integrating career and faith.

2. DeVon Franklin writes, “It’s my experience that people handle the intersection of faith and career in one of two ways. S see more

About the Author

DeVon Franklin
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DeVon Franklin

 

DeVon Franklin is a rarity: an African-American studio executive at the forefront of Hollywood’s hit machine. He currently serves as Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry, where he recently oversaw the remake of the summer blockbuster, The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, which grossed over $350 million worldwide. He also worked on The Pursuit of Happyness and Hancock both starring Will Smith, the faith-based hit Not Easily Broken, produced by Bishop T. D. Jakes and the family comedy, Jumping the Broom starring Angela Bassett and Paula Patton.  He was formerly a studio executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where he worked on John Travolta's Be Cool and Queen Latifah's Beautyshop, and got his start as an intern for Will Smith and James Lasstier. In addition to his entertainment industry pursuits, DeVon is also a preacher and motivational speaker.  He’s a graduate of the University of Southern California and sits on the board of Film Independent and the American Black Film Festival.

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