20 Lessons I Learned While Travelling

Our wonderful WACC NA friend and colleague Gregg Brekke has something to be proud of! (My words, not his). His brand new book is freshly pressed and we are very happy to share in the excitement and joy of this accomplishment. As a girl with (hopefully) incurable wanderlust, I jumped at the chance to have a short e-mail interview with Gregg to give you a better sense of what’s going on with his book.

Erin: How did the idea for the book come about?

Gregg: The idea for “20 Life Lessons Learned While Traveling” came in a brainstorming session with the publisher. There are now twelve books in the series with plans for more. I had just completed a two month nonstop travel blitz and thought that might be a good jumping off point for a new title.

Erin: How many countries have you been to?

Gregg: I’ve been blessed to have education and job experiences that have taken me to over 20 countries and every state in the U.S. It’s still hard for me to believe because growing up I lived in the same house from birth until I graduated high school. That’s probably part of the reason for my wanderlust…

Erin: Where do you want to go next and why?

Gregg: For my next trip, I’ll probably go somewhere in Africa – Kenya or Namibia. As a freelance journalist I cover a lot of mission partner activities and there are strong connections with local partners in these countries. I may return to the Middle-East soon too – to continue work on a documentary project.

Erin: What life lessons did you learn writing the book?

Gregg: Working with talented people is a joy and in writing this book I learned to appreciate that more. As a photographer, video producer and writer, I often have the final say in what a product looks likes in its finished form. Writing a book is a bit more back-and-forth with your editor. With a short format devotional, writing had to be concise. For each of the “20 Life Lessons” I write about, there is at least one real-world example of the practice I used myself – but there was no room for these examples in the book. I’m thankful for the editorial and design team at Pilgrim Press for helping me convey the emotional and/or spiritual experience of these practices in very few words and with great images.

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