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Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Losing Your True Self [Format Kindle]

DeVon Franklin , Tim Vandehey
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PREFACE


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
.
Proverbs 3:56 NKJV

I was deep in the heart of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, in the summer of 2009. For the first time in my career, I was the lead studio executive on a feature filmthe remake of The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith.

Its important to understand that Beijingthe ancient capital of Chinais huge. The urban area alone contains about 13 million residents; thats four cities of Los Angeles. Beijing is also complex on a Byzantine scale, and with the producers, entire crew, and cast there, we had ventured far into some of the oldest parts of the city, into ancient neighborhoods called hutongs where the living style was more communal and we could find the character and feel we were looking for.

Getting cast, crew, and equipment there was a major undertaking, the shots were taking a long, long time to set up and complete, and as I stood there, we were running out of daylight.

Sunset is usually panic time for a film crew. Unless youre shooting night scenes, you try to work in every last shot you can, using reflectors to capture every last bit of natural light. The crew was working as quickly as they could to maximize what was a very expensive day of production. But I had other concerns. I glanced at my watch, shot a look at the disappearing sun, and knew that even though I was the sole representative for Columbia Pictures on set, I had to leave.

I had no choice. That is, I didnt give myself a choice.

Fortunately, the producers knew that I would be making my way back to the hotel. It wasnt a surprise to anybody. I pulled one of the production assistants aside, told him I would be catching a taxi, left the production in the capable hands of the producers and director, and disappeared into the streets of Beijing. It was an act that might have been ridiculed if I hadnt set a precedent years before and remained committed to it. Leaving set on the first movie youre runningshooting halfway around the worldisnt advisable if you want a long prosperous career in Hollywood.

But I didnt lose my job.

In fact, my departure didnt make a ripple in the days shoot. I was able to attend to something infinitely more important: keeping a promise to God that I made many years before.

I was born thirty-two years ago and raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Among other things, that means I celebrate the Sabbath. So from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday, I unplug from my hectic life as a Columbia film executive. No work. I dont check e-mail or roll calls. I break the fourth commandment of the movie businessThou shalt never turn off thy BlackBerryand turn off my BlackBerry.

The Sabbath is my time with the Lord, my time to unwind from the pressures of work, heal, and reflect on the many blessings in my life and the career path that has led me here. On Friday nights I study my Bible, pray, spend quiet hours in communion with God, and make plans with family for church and fellowship on Saturday.

Unless I happen to be in Beijing. In that case, Ill read Scripture, watch the incredible metropolis slowly come to life, and pray that the dailies look good. Normally I would go to church, but in China most of the Christian churches are underground and I had no idea how to go about finding them. So I settled for reading the Bible and spending time in private communion with Godmy own personal church in the midst of one of the worlds busiest cities.

The next morning, I decided that didnt want to spend the entire Sabbath in my hotel room. I ended up going to a park right outside the Olympic Village where I could sit under Gods sky, watch the birds, listen to gospel music, and read the Word. As I was going through Romans, the idea came to me for this book. Just like that, clear as day.

* * *

YOU MAY FIND IT impossible that a Hollywood studio executive is also a devout Christian. But its not a contradiction. In reality, my business is not very different from your own. There are opportunities, politics, unspoken expectations, and a set of rules for advancement that are very different from the Lords rules. No matter what line of work you find yourself in, you may feel that being a Christian is holding you back. You may feel caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, if you dont toe the company line and put your career first, can you still call yourself a company man or woman? On the other, if you ignore the Word and set aside the precepts of your faith when its convenient, can you still call yourself a Christian? Sometimes, it feels like were walking on a tightrope and below us theres no net, just a big, dark abyss.

Ive got great news. Ive found that it is possible to put Christ first and have a thriving career. In fact, I believe its necessary. My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God is our strength; his love, demonstrated through us, can move mountains and change hearts. Being a Christian is actually a competitive edge provided that you place your faith first above even your professional aspirations. Even if in the past youve compromised and slid partway down that slippery slope, its still possible to find your way back. If I have learned anything, its this:

To get where you want to go, you first have
to become the person God wants you to be
.

I know writing this book is definitely part of my journey to become who God wants me to be. Some would probably say Im crazy. The common practice when youre in business is that you write a book after youve either reached your goal and accumulated some power and prominence or left your industry altogether. Im in neither place. Im just like most of the people reading this book: still climbing the corporate ladder and/or right in the middle of my career pursuit. Yet I believe God has called me right now to share my unique experiences and this urgent message with you, so I must be obedient to his will.

The message? During my time in the film industry, I have put my faith front and center for everyone to see. Its my experience that people handle the intersection of faith and career in one of two ways. Some conceal their beliefs at the workplace, dumping their Christian principles on the kitchen table like a spare set of keys when they leave the house in the morning. Others refuse the command to be in the world but not of the world and work only in environments run by and for other Christians.

Both approaches are problematic. If we lock our faith in the closet from nine to five because were afraid of ridicule or questions about our loyalty, what governs our choices in climbing the career ladder? Will we lie, cheat others, or stab people in the back, then go home at the end of the day and put on our Im a Christian clothes again? Plenty of people do exactly that because they fear that if they go public with their faith at work, they will be perceived as weak, divisive, or unwilling to do whatever it takes to succeed. But if we make such a choice, what does that say about our faith?

On the other hand, as believers we sometimes shun the secular world and limit our job prospects to a select group of potential employers or industries that we believe will be Christian friendly. But by doing so, we can lock ourselves in an echo chamber of ideas and beliefs just like our own, so we never really stretch or grow. Sometimes, we come to regard the world outside our bubble as the enemy.

When some Christians learn that Ive worked in entertainment for over ten years, I can feel them take a mental step backward, as if they feel Im sleeping with the enemy. Im not offended; to many Christians, Hollywood is a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. This business is probably the last place most people expect to find a young Christian visibly and vocally expressing his faith while progressing in his career. But the truth is that not only has relying on my faith not harmed my career prospects, it has actually enhanced them.

Thrilling opportunities to work with the most dynamic people in the world have come my way precisely because I have been uncompromising about my Christian principles and making service to God the centerpiece of my work. Over the course of my career I have developed a set of guiding principles that I live by:
Note

  • Gods will has priority over mine.

  • Commit to the process of success that God has planned for me, no matter how long it takes.

  • God has the authority to put my ambition in check.

  • Strive to let the love of Christ be apparent in everything I do.

  • Do not allow sin to reside in any area of my life. If I allow it, I understand it will limit my ability to receive Gods full blessings.

  • Do everything in my power to bring Gods purpose for my life to fruition (faith without works is dead).

  • Dont take shortcuts; if I want to be true to my beliefs, then shortcuts do not exist.

  • Remember on the down days to never give up on myself and the dreams God has given me.

I base every career decision, big and small, on these precepts. Thats not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of temptation in every business from finance to academia to take the quick and easy path to successto violate our values for promotion or because no one will ever know. Ive felt pressure on numerous occasions to abandon my commitment to Christ, but then I remember the words of Jesus when he asked, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

I can truly say there is nothing in this world worth giving up wh...

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 helped him to 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 move in 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 first have to become the person God wants you to be.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Howard Books; Édition : Reprint (3 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0043RSJYA
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sensationnel 4 février 2013
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Très bel ouvrage. Qui aide à avoir une idée positive de la vie. Je le recommande à tout ceux qui sont à la recherche d'un guide
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Put God in the Director's Chair of Your Career 2 mai 2011
Par Peggy Bowes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Full disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book but was under no obligation to give it a favorable review. As a freelance writer, I receive a lot of books to review, and I was initially going to pass on this one due to a very busy schedule. I put it away in a stack of books, but I kept receiving signs that I should read it. I'm so glad I did because I couldn't put this book down.

DeVon Franklin has written many compelling reasons why placing your career in God's hands will actually give you a competitive edge in business. The book is well-organized and easy to read. Franklin parallels a typical career path with the making of a Hollywood movie. As he educates the reader on the fascinating process of filmmaking, he weaves in his personal faith journey and how it led to his success in an industry that does not exactly promote a Christian atmosphere. He also includes frequent Scripture references, showing how his faith is truly grounded in the Word of God.

Mr. Franklin had to overcome very difficult circumstances to achieve success. His father died when he was a young boy, and his mother raised him and his two brothers as a single mom who was on welfare at one point. It was during this time that DeVon turned to his church and the Word of God for comfort. He also found a type of therapy in watching movies, which led to his career in Hollywood.

Franklin never backs down on his faith, even to the point of not working on the Sabbath despite tremendous pressure to be available at all times. He views his work as serving God and his neighbor, even if it's as humble as copying, filing and answering the phone. He gently guides the reader to trust in God and to see that God wants you to be happy and successful in your career. Franklin also shows the reality of difficult circumstances and how faith and trust in God in times of difficulty can help you learn skills and lessons that will lead to later success.

Even though the book describes a Hollywood executive's career path, the advice can apply to people of all professions. Franklin quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. in a particularly relevant quote:

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, `Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

I have already begun applying Mr. Franklin's advice to my own career and am reaping the benefits of viewing my work in writing as well as the humble and mundane duties of wife and mother as a vocation and part of God's plan.

I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A splendid meditation on work and faith 2 mai 2011
Par Joe P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was fortunate enough to get a pre-publication copy of this book through a friend in the media, and initially I was skeptical. I'm not a religious believer and this is a book steeped in the Christian faith of its author. Then I started reading it, and I was struck not only by Mr. Franklin's candor but his wisdom. He and his co-author, Mr. Vandahey, have done a marvelous job of weaving the story of a developing life into the metaphor of a film in the various stages of production and distribution; it's a brilliant literary conceit. But more than that, they have produced a warm, human, hopeful book about faith that also works for people who don't share the author's faith. This is a book that anyone with a career should read, because we all face the same questions Mr. Franklin has faced? How much of myself do I surrender to climb the ladder? Do I have to compromise my values to be a success? Can I dedicate myself to my work and still be a good person, or is selling out the only choice? Believe me, if DeVon Franklin has been able to walk the straight and narrow road in Hollywood, of all places, we can all do it. I am not a Christian, and I loved this book. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Added to the list of Inspirational Classics 29 avril 2011
Par Natasha M. Dixon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very rarely does a book come along that can truly help give you direction for your life. The last book I read that seemed to do this was The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Today I can add another book to the list of such greats. Produced By Faith: Enjoying Real Success Without Losing Your True Self by DeVon Franklin is a guide for living your life fully without compartmentalizing or compromising any aspect of yourself.

Produced By Faith parallels the steps of producing a film with the reader's life. It is divided into two sections, development and production. At first glance the table of contents seems impersonal: What's the Big Idea, Selling It, Writing the Script, Getting Notes, Development Hell, God's Budget and Production Schedule, It's All About Casting, and God's Green Light. However, these chapters do more than just tell you what goes into producing a movie. They guide you through the most important production you will ever be involved in, your life.

Produced By Faith is a very personal book that encourages the reader to review how they have been doing life. It gives practical steps to help you through the process. At the end of each chapter there is a list of questions that everyone should ask themselves at some point in their career; Making this more than just another stagnant book that goes on the shelf after its read. It has somewhat of a workbook or reference book quality, with a very conversational style. There is also a transparent quality to this book, because of the personal accounts of Mr. Franklin's experience that have been weaved throughout. He gives insight into his journey from intern to Vice President at Sony Pictures.

This book comes from a faith based perspective, but it is also a practical guide for those who may not be believers; going as far as to say it is a good beginner's manual for someone interested in producing alone. This is a book that should be handed out at airports, train stations, and bus stations to every bright eyed and bushy tailed artist coming to make it in Hollywood. At the same time it is a great read everyone, in any line of work, can enjoy and implement. When you finish reading this book you will have a renewed faith; faith in God, faith in yourself, and faith in the unlimited possibilities for your life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book for young people starting their careers 30 avril 2012
Par Shay-Shay - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I got this book thinking that I would be reading a memoir. The book is actually a self-help book, which is fine. I would recommend this for young people graduating from high school or college who are embarking on their careers. It also could be useful for people considering second careers. The author makes good use of Scripture to back up his testimony of how he trusted in God to succeed in the movie business. He made me want to pull out my Bible and do more intense study. He is truly devote in his faith, refusing to work on the Sabbath. I would prefer to give the book 4.5. My only disappointment is that the author did not use enough examples of how his Christian faith was tested regarding moral issues that arise in hollywood. Are there certain types of movies he is not willing to produce based on his Christian values? Still it was worth reading. Produced by Faith as the topic at my church's book discussion. We had a great conversation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Have Faith That If You Buy This Book, You Will Produce!!! 21 mai 2011
Par Alretha Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In a culture where instant celebrity and mediocrity have become the accepted norm, I ask myself where in the world has DeVon Franklin been all our lives? Not only is the man a gifted studio executive, he has a way with the written word! In "Produced by Faith," DeVon uses the moving-making process to demonstrate how God works in our lives from the "Big Idea" to "The Sequel." After reading "Produced by Faith," a well-written book featuring many of DeVon's personal life experiences, you will want to read it again and again. It's not just a book; it's a road map to success that's based on integrity and character. DeVon shows how an individual can boldly proclaim their religious beliefs and still climb the corporate ladder gaining the respect of others along the way. He encourages individuals who are unhappy on their jobs to ask God for guidance and to take that much needed leap of faith to truly live out one's purpose in life. He not only encourages the aforementioned, but he points out how to do so step-by-step within each chapter of the book. I came away from "Produced by Faith," renewed and ready for lights, camera, and action! It's definitely a must read.
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