People often ask me why I write. Simply put, I have to. I’m a born storyteller and when God drops one in my spirit it just has to come out. It’s a gifting and a calling that I take seriously. Not long ago, I was listening to an incredible interview with a missionary couple to Africa. Tears streamed down my face as I listened how they had literally left everything and moved to a remote part of Africa. Story after story was told of how God miraculously used them. When the interview was over, I told God, “I want to do that! I want to be a missionary.” At that moment, totally unexpected, the Spirit of God rose up in me and said. “Never say that again! Do what I told you to do. Write books. You are a missionary and your books will go where you can never go and reach people that others can’t.” Since then, the issue has been settled for me and I have a box of letters from people all over the world who’s lives have been touched through my books—prisoners, students, people in other countries, homeless, atheists, etc…
I love to write story because story moves people. Journalism tells people, while story lets them experience it. Jesus used story. In the words of one of my reviewers, “While the bible is our foundation, it’s nothing new for God to use stories to reveal himself to us.”
My wife Alanna is my very best friend. We do everything together, even writing. She reads, edits, brings her perspective, and prays for me. Her name should be on all my books because she’s the vital link. She brings balance and insight to my writing and to my life. We live on forty beautiful acres under southern live oaks and just love doing the simple life together—sipping coffee in the mornings, sitting on the front porch watching the squirrels and birds, feeding our peacocks (we have two!), going for walks on the trails, or hanging out with family and friends. I’m a Jeep man and keep the top down almost year-round. I take my dog Teddy for a ride nearly every morning to McDonald’s and he gets a steak McMuffin. I also take him to Dairy Queen for Ice Cream… If he’s been good! Of course, our new grand baby, Sam, is making life a bit more exciting!
Max Davis is the author of over twenty books, has been featured in USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in journalism and biblical studies. In addition to his own works, he’s done a variety of ghostwriting and collaboration projects. Max and Alanna have three grown children and a grand baby.