Want to Know How To Make a Movie?
by Phil Boatwright

Produced By Faith is a new book from a Hollywood executive showing readers how to live their faith in the marketplace, as well as the home. DeVon Franklin is a Christian, a preacher and a new Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Along with co-author Tim Vandehey, Mr. Franklin, one of the youngest individuals in this prestigious of Hollywood positions, has written an insightful and uplifting self-help book about how to successfully reveal your faith at your job. “Rather than keeping your faith silenced while on the job, you can use your faith as a professional asset.”

From the press release: “Filled with personal stories of life in Hollywood, including friendships with well-known actors, decisions on and off the set, and tough choices, Produced by Faith challenges conventional wisdom about what it means to be a Christian in a corporate environment.

“In Produced By Faith the reader’s life is the movie. It’s all about looking at life in context of it being a story, with setbacks and victories, high points and low points, conflicts and resolutions, just like any good movie. He uses this process of making a movie to encourage readers to fight for their dreams and to never give up on their faith.”

While Franklin, who travels from Los Angeles to Oakland at least one weekend each month to preach at Wings of Love Maranatha Ministries, where he is an ordained Elder, presents his case in a Hollywood setting, focusing on the making of movies, his sincere and forthright declarations are relatable to those in any business.

In Franklin’s own words: “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.”

Published by Howard Books/An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, the 288-page book highlights each of the production stages of the motion picture industry, giving us insights we can apply to our work and personal witness.

“In the 15 years I’ve known DeVon, he’s lived his life the same way he makes his movies: with commitment, humility, and a work ethic that demands respect. I’m honored to have been a part of his journey from stellar intern to studio Vice President – his story is one to be shared with anyone chasing a dream.” Will Smith.

On Sale: May 3, 2011
Hardcover, 288 pages
Price: $23.00

Other notable books about the film industry:

THE BIG PICTURE: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood by Edward Jay Epstein

HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values by Michael Medved

MOVIES, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE REALLY, REALLY BAD: Everything a Christian Needs to Know About Movie-Going by Phil Boatwright (forgive the self-plug)

Each is available at Amazon.com.