Published: 11 years ago

Just Four More Weeks…

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve pre-ordered a book, and I’d still have five fingers left over.  (In case you’re wondering: no, I’m not a genetically altered six-fingered mutant.)

Editor’s Note: ask him about the toes.

But today, I count myself in the ranks with you oddball Harry Potter and Nicholas Sparks fans.  Today, we are four weeks away from a book I’ve been anticipating like Jason Gaston anticipates duck season.  Last week, I pre-ordered a copy for myself and one for every member of my Connections staff (sorry to ruin the Christmas surprise, guys).  I even ordered a few extra, because you never know.

The book is called Lasting Impressions by a hero-I’ve-never-met, Mark Waltz (his blog has been a constant presence in my “You Need to Read…” links).

Before you get snarky: yes, he is a Connections Pastor as well.   No, we’d never heard of him or that title when I was hired as the CP here back in ’03.

Yes, he calls his guest services team First Impressions.  No, I’d never heard of him or that title when we named our guest services team.

Yes, his last name is Waltz.  No, I don’t know how to dance.

Even though I’ve never met Mark personally, he’s a kindred spirit.  He was the First Impressions Guy before First Impressions were cool.  His first book is the first and final authority on the subject of caring for and loving on the guests at your church.  My copy is so marked up and written in that I should probably order another one just for the heck of it.

But on December 9th, I get to read Mark’s take not on how to greet guests, but how to keep guests.  And as a guest-services nerd, that excites me very, very much.  If you’re a pastor – or if you have anything to do with people at your church – order this book while I catch my breath from all the obnoxious sucking up.

Editor’s Note: got any ideas of a good book title if J.K. Rowling and Nicholas Sparks ever co-authored something?

Yes.  It would have to be called Harry Potter and the Chamber Where the Main Character Dies at the End and All the Women Cry.

  1. Sweet photo of the killing machine. I don’t think that guy is a “metro redneck.” I think he’s pretty much ALL REDNECK.

  2. Mark Waltz says:

    Danny – The fact that I found your blog may reveal some narcissistic tendency in me… as in looking to see who’s talking about my book. Busted.

    However, when I found this post I think I blushed outloud. Dude, it’s just me. Really.

    I quite grateful for your encouragement; I’m humbled that God’s allowed me to partner from a distance with what God’s doing in and through your leadership.

    Finally, we’ve got to find a way to meet. I love your writing style. I’m sure we’d find a couple things to talk about (Christmas songs for starters).

    God’s best!

  3. Danny says:

    Mark, it’s an absolute honor to hear from you! I’m neck deep in our Christmas concert at this very moment, but I promise to give you a proper reply via your e-mail address very soon.

    (And although this week’s schedule has been overtaken by a preaching assignment this weekend, I dig the first chapter!)

  4. patti pietrowski says:

    How can you not follow a link when it says “more on my giddiness here”!!!That was so fun-I had to follow the link-no choice!
    Danny -you should be a writer! You are hilarious! I thoroughly enjoyed your article!Thanks! You made my day!!!

    If you ever write more let me know!

    (I Followed this from link On Mark Walz’s website which I followed from my church’s email cause Mark Walz will be doing workshop there in March!My church is Grace Church in McKean, PA!

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