An interview with author Josh Jones

An interview with author Josh Jones
by Anna Ferraro

Josh Jones, the former owner and manager of Krush Nutrition, has, for the past year, been in full-time ministry. He recently took the time to share his story from becoming a business owner, to author, to minister, with us — a story that began on Morton Avenue, not on Amazon book sale pages. Jones began, “In business, you deal with so much stress, and overwhelming situations … when we were at our old shop on Morton Avenue, just running supplement sales, a woman came in, opened her Bible, read a verse to me and my wife and said, ‘You guys are going to struggle for a year, and yes, it’s going to be a really bad year. At the end of that year, a $1,000 opportunity will come along.’”

While such a visit was shocking and unusual for a typical business day, Jones shared that he and his wife took their visitor’s words to heart and thought and prayed about what she had shared with them. As they looked back, Jones commented, “It was a bad year financially, and prayer and Bible study got us through. As the woman had said, one year from her visit, I had a vision for opening a recreational facility in Jacksonville.”

Through a stunning and speedy set of circumstances, the Joneses moved their business downtown in the summer of 2014. The opportunity had come, and you guessed it — the seller gave them the theater for just $1,000. Their challenges weren’t over there. They had to come up with the finances to renovate the huge place.

Once their recreational facility was open and active, they still weren’t done with challenges. Jones shared, “We had some individuals in our facility break our rules, incur injury, and a year-long lawsuit ensued. We had to be in prayer or we would not have survived.” The challenges produced deep growth, however. Jones continued, “Through our prayer life, we grew … over time, it became more than me asking God what I wanted Him to do for me, but more of an open line of communication to ask God with me asking, ‘What can I do for You?’”

Toward the end of 2016, Jones and his wife felt like it was time to move on, but it wasn’t for lack of profit. Jones explained, “We were doing very well business-wise — winning awards and a lot of awesome experiences … it came to the point in time where you can be doing something and be successful at it, and you don’t feel fulfillment. We were just going through the motions each day, but always, continuing in Bible study and prayer. In the same way that we got guidance to move to the theater, we got the message to move away from the theater. That was really hard for us. March 28, 2017 was our last day downtown.” Jones shares, “We knew that that season of our life was over, and we were being called into the ministry. I started writing, and I could tell that it was definitely from the Lord. It just fell into my heart.” Jones does not take any credit for his content, saying, “If you could look at my papers from high school, I was the worst writer in the world. I had no writing training, and barely got through the basic courses in college one night, I was in prayer, and the idea came. The book [“Jesus Ain’t No Rock Star”] was finished and printed in three weeks.”

When the book hit the market, “It sold a lot of copies right of the bat,” Jones said. What are the buyers and readers saying? Jones shared, “People say, ‘The thing I like about it most is that it’s easy to read,’ as if when they read it, they’re just sitting down and having a conversation with a friend. They also say, ‘I read it and I understood it, and it got the point across without going around the mountain several times.’” Despite some controversial topics being presented, Jones claimed that he really has not gotten critical feedback. Overall, his tone in the book is humble and practical. He shares, “We’ve traveled to a lot of different churches, we’ve seen all sorts of worship. We see forms of ‘people worship’ — and wrong things being emphasized – the size of the church stage, the light show, the skill of musicians, and they never mention Christ. At that point, it’s no longer church, it’s a show. The point is not so much that there are things wrong with stage lights and guitars, the problem is if that becomes the focus of the service, and you worship the people on stage instead of engaging with God.”

And yes, one has to notice that the title is grammatically incorrect. Jones chuckled, “The title was grammatically incorrect for a reason, because we wanted to show how we’ve gotten things backward in church.” He continued, “Most of this book was directed toward people that were already churched. [But] there are also points in each chapter where people who have no relationship with Christ would reconsider their position on that. I want people to read it, take it to heart, and get their focus on God, first and foremost. I want to see people go to church as more than a place and a Sunday activity, but for it to become an attitude that they carry seven days a week.” In looking at the controversial doctrines presented, Jones explains, “We should always be open for discussion. My view on doctrine is this: read it for what it is. If you have to add to Scripture or take away from Scripture to make your point valid, then that becomes religion and not relationship with Christ.” As he communicates, Jones strives to maintain a humble tone, saying, “You have to have the love of Christ in your heart to exude it to other people in a way that they’ll receive.” His love for Christ flowed over into reaching children as well, leading to the release of a children’s book around the same time that his adult book was released. He shared, “‘Titus Saves Ezra’ is an anti-bullying, positive self-image book, that’s meant to pull on the heartstrings of kids, parents, and guardians, making them ask themselves, ‘How am I treating people, and how am I thinking about myself when someone treats me wrong?’”

Jones continued, “What I wanted to do in the children’s book was present a positive message — the same message that’s in ‘Jesus Ain’t No Rock Star’ — the love of Christ – I want that to exude into children’s lives the love of Christ without beating them over the head with it.”

With another children’s book in the works, Jones and his wife continue living in Murrayville, and continue in their full-time ministry, writing, teaching, counseling, and visiting churches where they’re invited to minister — while maintaining the marquee at their old place of business downtown. Why? Jones explained, “We used to put a Scripture on the bottom of the marquee. We would show up and have messages left in the morning before business hours with people saying how much they enjoyed the verses. Even folks coming from the surrounding bars would comment and thank us for those verses. So, we always used it for outreach, and we’re doing the same with the books.”

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