FAITH AND FAME CAN BE FRIENDS: JOHN GRISHAM’S LIFE

Just finished reading John Grisham’s 1999 novel, The Testament. The story is about a cranky old billionaire who nullified his will and disinherited all his known children and ex-wives before jumping to his death from his skyscraper. The guy gave all his wealth to an unknown and illegitimate daughter, which inevitably precipitated some intense legal battles. Heard of Grisham before but had never read his work. Loved the humour and faith components in this one, so I decided to research the man.

Grisham is an award-winning American novelist, the latest of his numerous wins being this year’s Lucien Barrière Literary Award. Grisham has 39 novels to his name and over 300 million copies sold. He has also penned some short stories and nonfictional works. His net worth is estimated to be $350 million.

Some of his recent novels are Sycamore Row (2013), Gray Mountain (2014), Rogue Lawyer (2015), Camino Island (2017), The Reckoning (2018) and The Activist (2013), The Fugitive (2015) and The Scandal (2016) from the Theodore Boone Series. Grisham is so prolific that since 1991, he has been writing at least a novel a year and in 2013, he released three. He has degrees in accounting and law, has practised law and served as member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

An article in Christianity Today cited Newsweek magazine as calling Grisham a “commercial supernova.” Composing legal thrillers is his trademark (although he has written other stuff as well), and that is not surprising as he was an attorney for nearly a decade. Quite a few of his novels (e.g. The Pelican Brief and The Rainmaker) have been turned into feature movies, a few like The Firm and The Client have inspired TV series. The Philadelphia Inquirer once remarked that “John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today” while the Atlanta Constitution quipped thus about how his books make compelling reading: “Each book jacket should bear a warning to consumers: ‘Detrimental to sleep. You may read all night.”


Grisham’s 1st and 30th novels

In the Christianity Today article earlier mentioned, I found this interesting tidbit: “Grisham committed his life to Christ when he was eight years old. He remains dedicated to living according to biblical principles as he copes with the fame and wealth thrust on him since 1990.” Awesome! I learnt that he has gone on mission trips to Brazil and those stints must have helped in the excellent account of the character, Nate O’Riley’s adventure in the tropical wetland over there seen in The Testament.

In another article on Gospel Light Minute web site, Grisham recounted how his mother led him to Christ as a child and called it “the most important event” in his life. Grisham, who is a Baptist, still teaches Sunday School, contributes heavily to churches and charitable organisations and participates in missionary work abroad from time to time, not only to share the gospel but to remind himself of how deprived many others are. Wise move really ’cause it’s easy to become conceited and uncaring as the millions roll in. In fact, he thinks he was made so financially successful to be able to support God’s work and philanthropic organisations substantially. Get that! He was asking, “God, why me?” before coming to that conclusion. The guy doesn’t think he’s made it because he’s super smart. Oh, and he does all the spiritual work and giving with his lovely wife, Renee.

Something else I picked up: Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected by 28 publishers before an unknown publisher, Wynwood Press, accepted to release it.

Glad I looked into the life of this great man. Showed me that faith is not a hindrance to success. With the prevailing evil in the world today, some people seem to think that for a novel to be worth its name, the author must lace his or her writing with profanity and orchestrate one or more orgasms and deadly violence in it. You just can’t seem to escape the vulgarisms, steamy and gory scenes in books (and in the movies).

However, Grisham proves that you can write relatively wholesome fiction, yet it can be most entertaining and land on the bestseller list. (The language in his books is not entirely kosher because it reflects the diverse characters’ fibres, but it’s stuff that we encounter in public on a daily basis.)

Grisham’s stand on these matters has not gone unchallenged. Mike & Amy Nappa of Nappaland Communications observe that, “Grisham … has fought hard with publishers and producers to keep his books and movies as clean as possible.” Entertainment Weekly reveals that, “His highly public tirades against what he sees as overly violent and excessively sexual entertainment have landed the author on the front lines of skirmish upon skirmish, doing battle with some of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood.”

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But that does not mean that Grisham shies away from the dark and seamy sides of life. He confronts issues like corruption, greed, parental neglect, alcoholism and drug addiction, building convincing characters and plots that show their deleterious consequences. However, he doesn’t always paint a hopeless picture. His books, my research shows, often help the afflicted and downtrodden to be heard and sometimes have redemptive endings as in The Testament where O’Riley found strength in God to overcome his addictions. His 2015 short novel, The Tumor, which he described as the most important book of his writing career and gave away for free, dwells on the use of a new therapy called focused ultrasound for the treatment of diseases. He is helping to raise funds to promote research into this non-invasive form of treatment for malignancies.

Grisham’s life also shows that you can remain in faith while raking in the millions. Faith and fame can reside side by side in your life if you find ways to keep yourself grounded. For him, it’s his closeness to his family, commitment to living by the Bible, charity work and missionary activities. One can add maintaining close relationships with ordinary people away from the celebrity crowd.

Faith and politics are not incompatible too. As stated earlier, Grisham was once a legislator (for about eight years) and is currently an activist. The issues he campaigns for include the overturning of wrongful convictions and the elimination of capital punishment (my views differ on this one). But I daresay we don’t need to fold our arms as a demonstration of our piety in the face of issues that concern us and the world. I follow Rev. Franklin Graham’s Facebook page and I wince at the virulent attacks he receives from Christians who feel he is misguided when he addresses current controversial issues and urges believers to take a stand. I haven’t read where the Bible says we should not try to exert influence on earthly affairs, especially by speaking out in a civil manner and exercising our franchise.

And for anyone worried about not getting a big break yet, remember Grisham was turned down 28 times before someone took a little chance on his first work (a contract to print just 5,000 copies)!

I hereby include some Grisham quotes. Quite a few of them concern the craft of writing and I’ve taken the liberty to add commentary to them.

Some inspiring quotes from Grisham’s work:

“Quitting is not the answer. Life is not fair, and you can’t quit every time something unfair happens to you.”The Activist

“My children know nothing of Christmas. They have so little, and want so little, it makes me feel guilty for the mindless materialism of our culture.” – Skipping Christmas

“They say a woman marries a man with the belief she can change him, and she can’t. A man marries a woman with the belief that she won’t change, and she does.” Gray Mountain

“I’ve loved you all my life. Even before we met. Part of it wasn’t even you. It was just a promise of you.” – The Firm

And here are some that are plainly his (with my comments in brackets):

“Jesus preached more and taught more about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry than he did about heaven and hell. Shouldn’t that tell us something?”
(Each of us needs a very active social conscience in today’s selfish and materialistic age.)

“Stephen King reached out to me twenty-five years ago and taught me some valuable lessons. In return, I’ve tried to be generous with my time over the years with young writers. I’ve given them my email and said if you need someone to talk to, I’ve been through it.”
(Guiding the young, teaching them trade secrets, is crucial. Makes no sense to be so great and not pass it on.)

“I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.”
(This is very important because a novel is first and foremost for entertainment. A loss of focus regarding this creates disharmony of purpose which could ruin the work.)

“One thing you really have to watch as a writer is getting on a soapbox or pulpit about anything. You don’t want to alienate readers.”
(Related to the last quote and so true! Subtle is the way to go, especially if you write about faith which easily gets many people up in arms.)

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Some Grisham books on display

“When you write suspense, you have to know where you’re going because you have to drop little hints along the way.”
(Honestly, this cannot be said loudly enough. I read some mystery books and I get so angry. When the authors are busy complicating the plot, they sometimes forget to drop relevant hints with the result that when everything is resolved, I just don’t buy it. It’s not believable at all!)

“My mum was never too keen on TV, so we kids all went to the library and got books out. Right from the start, I loved the works of Mark Twain. Every time I read about Tom Sawyer, I’d go out and do something low-level naughty, just like him.”
(Very important seeds must have been sown through those library books for Grisham to end up crafting popular fiction without taking any course in creative writing. Mark Twain’s books are humorous and yet they sometimes deal with important issues like racial injustice and poverty, same as Grisham’s books. And I guess having played childhood pranks, Grisham is able to write fluidly about his characters’ shenanigans.)

“An outline is crucial. It saves so much time. … With the outline, I always know where the story is going. So before I ever write, I prepare an outline of 40 or 50 pages.”
(This is cool and requires discipline. However (this is not humble me contradicting an accomplished writer like Grisham), but I doubt that it’s always possible to know where the story is going ab initio. Sometimes, you take it as it comes. If it doesn’t develop fast, you mull over it until it picks up momentum and goes the way you feel it was meant to go. But this is just an aside and isn’t meant to undermine the importance of having an outline for one’s writing.)

Now that I’m a big fan, I’m into my second Grisham novel, The Appeal. I will certainly read more and perhaps I’ll tell you about them. You are richly blessed in Jesus’ name!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Care to share what you’re taking away from it?

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Sources:
Photos of Grisham’s books and his portraits used in graphics are from Grisham’s Official Facebook page

Emily Yahr. (June 30, 2017). “Why did Hollywood stop making John Grisham movies?” The Washington Post.

Gospel Light Minute #33. “John Grisham: Accepting Jesus Christ Was ‘the Most Important Event in My Life’”

“John Grisham”. Wikipedia

“John Grisham Biography” (and Quotes). The Famous People

“John Grisham Is Letting You Download His New Novel as a Free eBook”. Open Culture.

“John Grisham Net Worth”. Celebrity Net Worth

“John Grisham Quotes”. A-Z Quotes.

Mike & Amy Nappa. “Inside Look @ John Grisham”. Nappaland Communications

Will Norton, Jr. (October 3, 1994). “Conversations: Why John Grisham Teaches Sunday School”. Christianity Today. Vol. 38, No. 11

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146 thoughts on “FAITH AND FAME CAN BE FRIENDS: JOHN GRISHAM’S LIFE

    • So glad you visited and enjoyed the post, Chika. I love to learn from great people like this. I find it inspiring to see how they made it and how they’re coping with success. You are blessed in Jesus’ name.

  1. Our world is full of “mindless materialism” indeed and personally, sometimes I feel the need to blend by doing awkward things like showing a little more skin or going to inappropriate events. But a tiny voice keeps reminding of who I am and the need to remain on the right track.
    Reading this tonight just made that Voice Louder. ??I can’t thank you enough.
    Good job, ma.??✨

    • Awwww, I’m very happy to hear that, Gloria! May the Lord give us the grace to always heed that still small voice and live in a way that honours Him in Jesus’ name. You are lifted, my dear, in the mighty name of Jesus.

  2. Sometimes as Christians we can be so “heavenly focused” that we are useless for this earth! We are called to be salt and light, not in heaven but right here on earth! Thanks for this reminder that we can serve God with integrity and still be blessed materially. And if the material blessings don’t come, well that up to God! It’s HIS story to write, not ours.

    • You’re right, Cheks. We shouldn’t be so focused on money as if that were the primary thing and we shouldn’t be so insulated from what’s going on around us. Thanks a lot for dropping by and abundant grace in all your endeavours in Jesus’ name.

      • Thanks for this reminder that we can serve God with integrity and still be blessed materially. Most often believers focuses on Heavenly things forgetting the scripture that say they are like light to the world, and no one lights and lamp and puts it under a table. Even as Christians we can still impact our world, let our light so shine to overcome darkness, thanks for this reinforcing write up MA.

  3. This is beautiful. Thanks for profiling this novelist. I know next to nothing about him, except that his works areally usually interwoven with legal themes. I enjoyed reading this. That he is a Christian is so amazing. It gives me hope knowing that faith cannot be compromised for anything. Thank you, Ma.

    • Yes, my dear Miracle! Our faith will surely be challenged but if we stand our ground, God will be honoured in our lives. The world that wants to bend us will even respect us at some point. Have a beautiful week and remain blessed!

  4. Sometimes as Christians we can be so “heavenly focused” that we are useless for this earth. At the same time, we should never forget that we were created for a purpose so as not to focus exclusively on worldly things. We should live in such a way that after all the stress of this life, we will be qualified to rest with God. Nice one, ma.

    • I love to learn about successful people. It’s very encouraging to see how many of them struggled before getting their breakthroughs.

  5. It is only when we don’t keep quiet at all times that even when our faith is challenged then we will not compromise.we can be successful and famous and still stand strong in our faith.

  6. Yes! Even though we Christians are not of the world but we are still in the world and we are the light of the world, as lights we ought to contribute the way we can to whatever that makes the world world more conducive to live in. Actually I don’t know much about him but reading through this made me want to read his works I believe I have a lot to learn. This is like an introduction for me. Thanks ma’am.

  7. I know Grisham as a renowned writer, but I never knew he was a christian, it feels good to see people who are high up and well know in the world reckoning God. To me this piece is a reminder that a lot of things are to be prioritized over fame and materialism.

  8. Grisham is a man who recognises the connection between spirituality and physicality.
    A number of churches, sects and groups opine that the two cannot be related and that one must give up earthly acquisition to attain the other.
    However, Grisham has found the middle ground where the two harmonise.
    Again, I find it delightful that despite the difficulty of writing relatable materials completely devoid of the common filthy and trendy languages, the man Grisham is able to not just write nobly and with dignity, but also to touch upon those salient points of our time without losing his language to the present day distasteful diction.

    Finally, Christ’s emphasis on character and goodness is an ardent warning that we should be more interested in doing good to our fellow human being than to have the word and the account of the fear of hell and the bliss of paradise in our mouth all day without actions to follow suit. Grisham captures that aptly in the gentle reminder “Jesus preached more about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry than he did about heaven and hell”

    • Yes, he did find a middle ground. But I must point out that the language in his books isn’t entirely kosher as some characters are creeps and lowlifes and their conversations need to reflect how such people speak in real life. God bless you greatly in Jesus’ name.

    • What more! Where have I been since? Well, reading this wonderful account of Grisham has taught me one thing, selflessness in God’s vinyard.
      Indeed, there is a blessing in serving God am blessed reading this… More!

  9. John Grisham is a very talented author, his writings are always educative. Faith and fame can work together, it all depends on how you apply them

  10. Thanks for this piece Aunty Edith though I know nothing about John Grisham or his works but as you have shared this piece has made me to know little about him. And knowing that he is a Christian and a practicing one at that gives me joy.

  11. This goes a long way to show that faith in God is a very important factor in our lives. Many people were close to God but suddenly they stopped because they became famous forgetting that what they are and what they hope to achieve are all in his hands. This also shows us that what we read go a long way in shaping how we behave and how we live. John Grisham’s life shows that you can be famous and still keep your faith in God strong and unshakable.

  12. This is inspiring and educative. I learnt so much from this non fiction.In today lives we don’t have much people that have faith in God especially with those ones that have fame thinking they have made it in life.Grisham first book was turned down by 28 publishers but still he continued his writings having full faith until God opened the doors for him. I really enjoyed it thanks so much ma.

  13. Well, the whole thing happens that when we get so rich or wealthy we tend to forget God. But here is someone who had in mind that his riches was more or less not for him but for the needy. Thank God for that grace and understanding.
    As for life, we just should never quit because it gets unfair….we should always have high hopes in God. Amen

  14. Faith and fame are indeed friends, John Grisham made it clear in his works. Such insight is needed for our success in life. Thanks for sharing.

    • God never fails his own. It might seem rough and being neglected by people but God’s time is the best. John Grisham’s life is an example to us all. Let our faith in God increase because in him there is fullness of joy. Thank you Ma for sharing and God bless you..

      • God never fails his own. It might seem rough and being neglected by people but God’s time is the best. John Grisham’s life is an example to us all. Let our faith in God increase because in him there is fullness of joy. Thank you Ma for sharing and God bless you.

  15. I love that you shared John Grisham’s story with us ma. He sounds like a really great man who has shown that one’s life can still be centered on Jesus even when one is rich and famous. I’ve met some really rude rich people who think only them matter just because they have money. But this man is different and I respect him for that. Thanks for sharing ma

  16. Now I believe that faith and fame can indeed go together. I mean John Grisham has been so richly blessed and still remembers to be humble. He even believes that God has blessed him greatly just so that he can be a blessing to others too! That’s really saying something. He is someone i wish everyone would emulate especially in the kind of world we live in today, where celebrities and famous people do not stop to think about anyone other than themselves. You just won John Grisham a new fan aunty?

  17. Many people tend to forget their God when they feel they have become successful. They fail to know that it is the lord who maketh a king.
    The story of Grisham has indeed proven that fame and faith can be friends.

  18. We shouldn’t let people’s thoughts, views or opinions about certain things define how we live our lives. John Grisham did not use the same method of writing that other writers use. He didn’t use things like vulgar language. People usually think that it is the best way to be a best selling author. But the good news is that faith is the best way to be a best selling author. When you do the things that you love doing, you don’t have to follow the world’s stereotype. Just apply faith and God willing, things will fall into place.

  19. I love his principles and I hope on embarking on that road of standing firm on what I belief in even when am being rejected by the world social standard, just like John Grisham who got rejected by different publishers.

  20. Is one thing to be rich and another thing is to be rich and humble ,the life of John Grisham is worthy to emulate and the fact he heard faith to keep on pushing even when publishers rejected his work is another thing I have learned from him.
    Finally having faith in God and following his guard lines.

  21. A very interesting account you have there! The character of John Grisham is one we should emulate. Despite his fame and achievements over the years, he still deems it necessary to do God’s work(through his donations to philanthropic organizations and helping people around him; and also composing meaningful works that people can lean from). May we not forget God’s mercies and kindness when we become successful but see it as a means to make his name known across nations.

  22. Really faith and fame can be friends even faith and politics, its important that Christians should place no limitation when it comes to doing what is right, many Christians believe it’s better to be poor on earth to inherit heaven, others have the view that politics is for unbelievers but that is not what the Holly book have thought us, John Grisham is a role model..
    Reading your posts always add value to my life ma..

  23. This is amazing ma, thanks for this piece it has really showed me another mindset of serving God and also being useful to my generation. we should always have the mind of Jesus that is, having concern about others and not just us at all time.

  24. God never fails his own. It might seem rough and being neglected by people but God’s time is the best. John Grisham’s life is an example to us all. Let our faith in God increase because in him there is fullness of joy. Thank you Ma for sharing and God bless you..

  25. Thanks ma for this wonderful piece. Faith and fame can work hand in hand only if one always see the impossibility, possible with God. The life experience of John Grisham is worth emulating for everyone… God bless you ma.

  26. Wonderful piece ma! If we have faith and we have a goal in mind to pursue we could actually do it because with faith comes hope, and with hope comes the grace to do whatever we want as far as it pleases God.?

  27. Its amazing how someone like this can so wealthy. I never knew he was a Christian. But then faith and fame working together can only be evident in a man that God has really worked upon. This man is someone who should have undergone diverse dealings with God so he knows better not to allow his faith sink because of fame.

  28. They say a woman marries a man with the belief she can change him, and she can’t. A man marries a woman with the belief that she won’t change, and she does.” – Gray Mountain. I love that quote from Graham. Makes me want to read his works. With God directing our steps, poverty shouldn’t be an option. Christians can be rich too.

  29. Faith and fame can indeed be friends, this shows that being famous is not an excuse to be a sinner or put people down but your spiritual life and social life can both be sound if your grounded in Gods word..nice one.

  30. John Grisham is a Christian ..it is really a pace setter for the saved that still want to be famous …the truth as I am just learning is that we do not really need to sacrifice our dreams for our faith and neither do we need to sacrifice our faith for fame …God can be dignified and honoured by the fame of the saved.

  31. Nice one MA, in as much as we were placed on the earth, we shouldn’t forget where we truly belong by letting fame and desires of the world cloud our purpose on this earth

  32. I have been hearing about john Grisham for awhile now but I never knew all this about him. I didn’t even know that he is a Christian. He sounds like an interesting person. Am going to get a copy of his book right now. Thank you ma, for this wonderful write up.

  33. Thank you ma for this writeup. I have never heard of josh Grisham until now and i even got to know a little about him through this writeup. It made me happy when i found out that he is a Christian who is sucessful. I used to have this notion that most famous people who are very wealthy don’t believe and acknowledge God in their lives because they believe that their success came from their own hardwork but this post has cleared that notion.

  34. Oh! I thought you were going to tell us about the full story of” the testament” it’s so interesting! May God continue to credit his account even as he(sir John Grisham) continues to help the poor.

  35. I am not really a fan of his works but I think I should check it out. This is really a nice one from a reknowned writer because people tend to forget their faith when they attain fame.

  36. I have read a couple of novels from the man I can I tell you with all confidence that the man knows his salt, along side some of my personal favorites like Danielle Steel, Sandra Brown and Mario Puzo. I am also impressed that he is able to combine his faith with his fame.

  37. This goes a long way to show that faith in Christ Jesus can make us famous on earth. And as Christians, our work should manifest on earth and we should also be heavenly minded.

  38. An excellent writer with a good spiritual life. This goes to show that not every famous or well to do person is evil and doomed for hell, and that we can make name for ourselves on earth and still be a servent of God.

  39. I am Actually encouraged by this work, it really brought out how faith can be the substance of things and it taught me patience grisham trying to publish a particular book,but was rejected by several publishers and still he kept pusing and i learnt to continously live for Christ with every resources I have . Thank you ma

  40. Nice and encouraging post ma. This really teaches us to be Christlike both in body and spirit. God bless you ma.

  41. Wow
    Thank you ma, for this piece because in our generation today it seems faith and fame can’t go together. Especially when I visit places like IG and FB it feels like the only way to get famous is my sharing body revealing pictures. But with this piece am reassured that fame can along side with faith

  42. I thank God John Grisham. It is this type of people’s books that we suppose to read. Some has the spirit of God and write with His knowledge. It is his type of books that you will be reading you will hear God speaking to you not the that devil will possess us with. Writers suppose to write things that ares sacred and moral not things that will destroy people’s life.

  43. The life of John Grisham is actually inspiring. He has made me to really understand the essence of giving to the needy. There is always blessing when we give.
    More so, I learnt from his life that giving up is not the best options. Even when 28 Publishers had rejected his work, he never give up but continued trying.God will always be there for those who believe in him.

    • But in giving, who should be considered needy? Is it that young strong-bodied man begging for daily bread? Is it that young beautiful and intelligent lady that has never thought of employment, or in general, that group of persons that go about pretending to be beggers when their intentions are to harm people through their givings?

      • I think you know the answers to your questions. My advice is to be careful that cynicism does not deprive you of opportunities to help those who are truly in need, ’cause believe me, they are everywhere, especially in today’s Nigeiria with her terrible economy. Have a lovely day!

  44. Here goes another mentor it’s like it’s time to harvest from his known knowledge…. Thanks Aunty for this story.

  45. thank you Ma for this piece , most christians are so engrossed with the thought of heaven that they see wealth and riches as worldly things, they believe that their riches is in heaven.

  46. One good thing i learnt is that as a christian you can still serve God wholeheartedly and be famous without the fame stopping you from serving your God. We Shouldn’t allow the desires of this world to crash our hope of glory. Thank you ma for the write up

  47. Nice piece..I honestly haven’t heard of John grisham before .. reading about him right now made me realise that faith in God is really very important in life.

    • The title made me wondering how faith and fame could possibly work hand in glove and I came to release that one has to keep doing good and that no matter how hard you’ve tried never give up. It is possible to please God in fame just like Grisham.

  48. It is good to worship God with all our heart but that does not mean that we should be isolated with what is happening around us, good one aunty Edith

  49. Even though we Christians are not of the world but we are still in the world and we are the light of the world, as lights we ought to contribute the way we can to whatever that makes the world world more conducive to live in. We shouldn’t be too heavenly conscious and earthly useless nor too earthly conscious and heavenly useless. Actually I don’t know much about him but reading through this made me want to read his works I believe I have a lot to learn. This is like an introduction for me. Thanks ma.

  50. We should not because of the things of this world deviate from our faith because vanity upon vanity all is vanity. John Grisham should be an example to us.

  51. When I perceived the post, I never believed that someone who is economical and academically fruitful can still keep up with his or her faith, because the both do conflict one another, but Grisham has found the middle ground where the two harmonize. Again, his way of life injects simply that no being can do it alone without God by his or her side.

  52. “Jesus preached more and taught more about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry than he did about heaven and hell. Shouldn’t that tell us something?”

    Ah!
    Jesus gives us power in Mark 16 because of these people ; the sick, hungry and poor.
    How do we use this power on earth without this people.
    Some say he came to die, I say he came to teach us love and compassion to use this power.

  53. This is inspiring ma, doing the right thing should not be compromised with any other thing in this world, just do it don’t listen to what the world have to say about it just as John Grisham did.

  54. I have read his Pelican Brief which was quite engaging and suspenseful. He’s really a good writer. From your research, the man is a living example of one thousand and one ways to be a Christian in a world where popularity or being a celebrity keeps many away from their Christian track. Thanks for this enlightenment ma’am I will try and read more of his books.

  55. Be different is hard to maintain and it can only takes a discipline heart to remain focus and courageous. Cudos to Grisham for staying focused despite all the rejection and stress. I just much love is Faith which led him to fame without compromising.

    I pray for God’s grace to always remain determine and courageous with anything we are doing and not to compromise our faith because of fame, but rather combine them successfully to the glory of God.

    Thanks mma.

  56. When fame comes, to some people many things change. I can remember when my friend won a beauty pageant competition as “The Nigerian Princess”, for someone who was a choirster she never attended church until her reign was over, even now it is still a battle.
    Grisham, thank you for being a figure we could look up to as a role model.
    I think I would love to be like you.

  57. I have heard of John Grisham but never have I read any of his books.His biography shows that one can be rich and still humble and God fearing.

    • It’s usually hard to be rich and famous and still think about heaven, because it makes you to think that everything ends here on earth, thereby, taking you away from God. It only takes the grace of God to cope with the two. Grisham’s life is an example of God’s grace.

  58. Grisham’s story truly reveals that faith and fame work hand in hand and also serving God can bring about many success stories in our lives because with God all things are possible. No matter what happens,God will always come through for us.

  59. This is a life with moral lessons..it shows riches shouldn’t interfere with our moral character. we should remain humble and also fear God too

  60. I’ve read few of his books and I’d always say this man is my favourite writer.
    It honestly felt so good reading a post on him,i actually never got to research on him . Thank you for the information ma

  61. Grisham’s life is a life of grace because it requires the grace of God to be rich and famous and still think about God and heaven.

  62. Yes it’s true fame and faith can work correspondently depending on the individual involved.
    If you want to serve God in truth and honesty, fame shouldn’t be a barrier.
    You got to have time for your Maker.

  63. Inspiring one. Grisham’s life teaches us to believe in God despite our success and fame in life. Some people get blinded by wealth and fame, thus, forgetting the God who Fathered them.

  64. An educative and enlightening post ma,I just thank God for his grace to buttress some of this issues.as some have been too religious and been blinded by some action and activities.grisham life is one worthy of praise.he is not a hypocrite,he is firm on his beliefs.we should be firm and take a stance at something

  65. A wonderful write up with byeline,quotes and take home lessons such as his trials before coming to limelite.many in our world today would criticize these man in some of his actions. He strongly stand on what he believe to be right.one could be an activitist and use your relationship and involvent with people to make an evolutionary change in behavior, mentality and what have you.swift one ma.

  66. A man with a catchy personality. Grishams is one who is an innovator and an impacter.entertaining as well giving the message.it is well known that it is hard for the society to see rich and influencer people being tip for heaven as it is in the bible.grishmanis an efficacious entreprenuer with the mindset to thrive in all ramification of life.

  67. Grishams life is one worthy of emulation in the aspect of strongly going for what he believes.An activist who it against greed, corruption and other social vices.i strongly believe our christians should be more firm nd rigid like him.

  68. Fame and faith are two concept that at times moves mountain in the hands of the wielder.in Grisham this two concept were used evidently to impose, implant and efficiently dissipate good morales. this story is an exemplary life full of messages key to success we should look into it.

  69. Grisham’s life is a book with many scintillating and humorous happenings. Grisham’s determination never to allow being famous distrust his christian life is applaudable. unlike in our country where as soon as we start making small cash we forget God nice one Grisham,nice one ma.

  70. Fame is a good thing but most especially having the creator the maker and creator of the whole universe is wise.Grisham life attract praise as not many person can do this.they are easy dissuade by the things of this world.great one ma.

  71. So much to learn from the life of Grisham. If life throws you down, get up, dust yourself and keep going.
    Quitting is not the answer.

  72. Wow! I feel inspired by this post. The fact that John Grisham still has time for other things apart from work shows his humility. I’m very sure that other writers not as big as he is can’t do that sort of thing as teaching in Sunday school. One thing I picked from this is that if you are humble and diligent, God lifts you up. Nice post Aunty.

  73. Today, our world is full of materialistic mindset personally, sometimes I feel the need to blend by following trends and doing awkward things like showing a little more skin or going to inappropriate events. But a tiny voice keeps reminding of who I am and the need to remain on the right track, the need to do the right thing . Good job, ma

  74. As a popular Nigerian preacher once opined, of what use is our earthly possessions when it is not being used for God? From the story I’ve seen above, the life of John Grisham is a lesson to those of fame that they can apply it for God.
    Let’s all emulate John Grisham.

  75. “Jesus preached more and taught more about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry than he did about heaven and hell. Shouldn’t that tell us something?”
    This quote by Grisham really got me thinking, and it’s absolutely true. Most times we’re more focused on preaching the kingdom, but we don’t show kindness to our neighbors and people we come across, and that ought not to be.

  76. We should all learn from Grisham, who despite his fameness still stood by God and acknowledged Him as his personal Lord and savior… We shouldn’t because of material things forget our God cause without Him, we can do nothing

  77. Having faith alongside fame without falling from the faith cannot be done on our own. We need to be spiritually minded and be strongly influenced by the Holy spirit, rooting our faith in the word of God. It takes the grace of God to achieve this.

  78. This article is simply about that we should never lose our faith in GOD and in times of difficulties we must always remember that GOD LOVES US. we must always remember that we are nothing without GOD..

  79. God never fails his own. It might seem rough and being neglected by people but God’s time is the best. John Grisham’s life is an example to us all. Let our faith in God increase because in him there is fullness of joy. Thank you Ma for sharing and God bless you.

  80. Wow! Reading about this John Grisham’s life, there are things that struck me in this post; how Grisham dedicated his life to God from a very tender age till date, how his first novel was rejected by 28 different publishers and also how his works (both novels and movies) are free from overly violent and excessively sexual entertainment, yet he is on the bestseller list. now tell me who said faith and fame can’t be friends?
    Thank you Ma, for this enlightening post. I am always glad to read something from this blog because controversial topics are always clarified, therefore friends, I recommend ‘7 proven guidelines for godly dating by Miracle Nwokedi and Edith Ohaja, because it is another controversial topic that is clarified and best answer is given.

  81. Thank you Ma for making me know John Grisham. Before today, I didn’t even know he exist. But because of your blog and post, I have know him and type of person he is.

  82. I strongly believe that we can Fame and faith as christians.We should never allow Fame overcloud our faith but learn to balance it.Grisham has already shown us an example that it is possible,Thank you ma for this post.

  83. It’s one thing most of the famous and wealthy people fail to understand… that it is not by your making…
    “Thank God for Grisham, who was able to acknowledge that God made Him so, and was able to use it for the Glory of God. A very big lesson for us, especially the present time Youths.
    “Helping, not just the poor but the needy, according to his quote on Christ’s teachings and preachings while on earth.

  84. Thanks for this reminder that we can serve God with integrity and still be blessed materially. And if the material blessings don’t come, well that up to God! It’s HIS story to write, not ours.

  85. Beautiful. Who says we need to be world to attain fame. Thank you ma for reminding us that we only need God. John Grisham dedicated himself to God at a tender age and it paid off. I implore everyone to do the same

  86. Wow,am so amazed and elated,this story makes us to understand that faith is not a hindrance to success and the other way round inasmuch as we are grounded,so working towards success doesn’t imply walking away from faith

  87. John Grisham is a man worthy of emulation. Despite the ups and down he never gave up, because he know who he has (God) nd he knows that God cn never forsake him. FAITH is a strong shield. Another thing is humility,John is a humble man. Despite his fame, he still respect and adore his creator..

    I cn testify that this story is very enticing. Tnk U very much MA.

  88. This is awesome ma!
    John Grisham is the perfect explanation for the saying “Bring up a child in the way of the lord and when he is old,he will not depart from it “…

  89. This is awesome ma!
    John Grisham is the perfect explanation for the saying “Bring up a child in the way of the lord and when he is old he will not depart from it”…

  90. John Grisham, so wealthy, yet God-fearing. Most times, Christians tend to so focused on their race to heaven that they give no attention to material wealth or fame. Does that mean that God doesn’t grant wealth beyond measures, or fame like we are always told…? Supposing we channel our fame, and wealth to the works of the kingdom – to good deeds – I believe it’ll be a better strategy to keeping up with our faith even in times of wealth..

  91. John Grisham is a very good example to the upcoming youths telling us that only with God all things are possible he had faith in the Lord and God blessed him abundantly he reaped the fruit of his labour and also that helping others both for poor and the needy is a good Christan virtue.thanks ma’am for bringing his to our knowledge remain blessed .

  92. Morals maketh a man. Fame comes with a lot of Bliss and sometimes unfavorable circumstances. I think it’s most important to be humbled as much as you earn. Respecting others needs and opinions and not letting fame or newly found ambitious status get the best of you. Remember manners maketh the man

  93. I’ve never heard about Grisham before. I’m happy you shared wonderful insights from him which is so inspiring. Success in Christ is the true success. Great one Grisham

  94. I have read so many John Grisham novels but I’m a bit shamed to say that I never really knew about this aspect of his life. Faith has never been a hindrance to fame and never will be as is evident in the life of this great writer, it just takes God’s guidance and wisdom to do these things and do them well.

  95. – I have read so many John Grisham novels but I’m a bit shamed to say that I never really knew about this aspect of his life. Faith has never been a hindrance to fame and never will be as is evident in the life of this great writer, it just takes God’s guidance and wisdom to do these things and do them well.

  96. Really faith and fame can be friends . its important that Christians should place no limitation when it comes to doing what is right, John Grisham is a role model am Actually encouraged by this work, it really brought out how faith can be the substance of things and it taught me patience grisham trying to publish a particular book,but was rejected by several publishers and still he kept pusing and i learnt to continously work with faith until something happen. .

  97. Woaw to think i have read books by this great author and dont know his biography. Thank you ma for this expository on his life and some of his works.

  98. Wow! I’m glad someone else knows this man like myself. Indeed faith and fame can be made to move side by side.
    John Grisham is indeed a gem in the literary world.
    Morals indeed maketh man.

  99. It is often said that faith without work is useless and work without faith is also it is always important to keep up with what one believes in and work towards actualizing it through the grace of God that abides

  100. Am really inspired by this post, John Grisham’s character should be emulated. It’s good to know that there are people who still know that walking with God is more important than earthly possessions

  101. Really multivating ma,its rear to see a man with such qualities as that of Grisham,who believes that fame and faith can go side by side,he sees his financial success as Gods purpose for him to support Gods work and philanthropic organizational substantially.thank you ma for bringing such a multivational write ups,such as the testament and the tumor, to my knowledge.

  102. We can have both, there is nothing restricting that, with fame one can share is faith and believes, fame Will help pushing one faith to a larger public. So they can be friends, heck! The can be best of friends

  103. Patience and Consistency are the priceless keys to success and it is expected of us to keep harbouring and nurturing these virtues so as to succeed.

  104. As a Christian you can be a great writer, artist, novelist, enterpreneur, etc, they are the position where God have put you so that through that platform you will be able to achieve the purpose you were created.

  105. No man can achieve fame without faith, you can be a Christian and still be successful, you can still be a billionaire and still be meek, fame does not necessarily mean the absence of faith as the world say, faith and fame can still be friends

  106. Although I’ve read just one of John Grisham’s novel which is The Chamber,it was enough to know he is a very talented prolific writer. I love the way he tries to inculcate God and his teachings like forgiveness, peace, love, etc in his novels. Indeed, faith and fame can be friends as his steadfast faith in God has helped in the inspiration of the over thirty novels he has written. It is then proven that success without God is near impossible as you need God’s guidance to know how to manage fame, have time for God and for yourself and your family. His belief is that by being philanthropic, it will increase your blessings in a thousand folds and it has obviously worked out well for him by God’s grace and faith. I love the quote in The Activist the most, “Quitting is not the answer. Life is not fair and you can’t quit everytime something unfair happens to you.”

  107. This is just a reminder that no matter how blessed we are or how much money we have or how successful we are, we can still serve God and work for him just like John Grisham. It’s more like an eye opener to me that you can be wealthy and still work for God diligently

  108. Am really blessed by this post today and I really learnt a lot…..faith is one of the key to success I mean look at Graham his novel was rejected 28times but he never gave up, most people would have given up a long time a go even with their 3rd try. This post has made my faith even stronger and also made me to give even more than I used to… Thanks a lot Ma for this inspirational post.

  109. Am really blessed by this post today and I really learnt a lot…..faith is one of the key to success I mean look at Grisham his novel was rejected 28times but he never gave up, most people would have given up a long time a go even with their 3rd try. This post has made my faith even stronger and also made me to give even more than I used to… Thanks a lot Ma for this inspirational post.

  110. This story teaches that you could do well in the Labour market, and still be strong in the Faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Combining his Faith and Politics is very inspiring for me personally. If more people like John Grisham can come into limelight in Politics, I believe we will have Godly Leaders. Thank you for this piece ma.

  111. I have read a couple of his book and I know for one he is an amazing writer but I know nothing of his personal life. But this write up is indeed a motivation that no matter what point we reach in this life that we should learn to have time for God. Kudos to John for doing a task that’s usually harder as you rise in fame and social status

  112. I can totally relate to this, my pastor is a living proof of the fact that faith and fame can be friends.
    He does so much for the church and the society, his level of faith is on the high side, at not point has he let pride take over him, for someone who is successful and famous, he sure is one of the humblest human beings I have encountered.
    This is a beautiful motivation for me, thanks for this.

  113. Nice work ma. Truly, faith and fame can abide together in one’s life just like in John’s life. It takes determination and God’s grace to achieve.

  114. A man with accomplished and innovative career. Do we still have men of his calibre who find a way of pairing faith and fame with ease. All great books are channelled for goods. We should emulate his good ways.

  115. Dare I say, this weekend, I will be reading my first Garisham’s book.
    “Quitting is not the answer. Life is not fair, and you can’t quit every time something unfair happens to you.” I feel this is easier said than done sometimes we quit, but what matters is getting back every single time.

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