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The Eric Trap is a Trap

“The “Eric Trap” takes Children’s Pastors on a dark, serious, and scary journey into the world of working in a church and balancing your priorities.  It was eerie how much the story mirrored my own story in so many ways.  I believe the “Eric Trap” can be a game changer for those willing to shine the light into the dark places of their own pastoral lives.  It’s on the other side of change that the insights gained from this book pay off in a rich way!”

-Jonathan Cliff || Next Generations Ministry Pastor, Trinity Church, Lubbock, TX

I first read the rough draft of The Eric Trap in January, and  immediately  my  suspicions  were peaked.  How did they find out these things about my life?  Have these guys been looking through my mail and talking to my church staff?  I know Sam Luce and Kenny Conley have somehow managed to follow me around secretly and record many of my own struggles as the inspiration for this book.  In fact, I think I should take some of the credit for its success.  Until I have proof that all of their content isn’t blatantly stolen from my real life, I will continue to take credit.

Seriously, this book has that effect on you.  You read and then think, “That’s me!”, then you read another section and want to yell at Eric, “Stop!  I’ve been down this road, it won’t work!” It mimics my own struggles with balance, family, ministry, and trying to look good doing it.  If you don’t know, “The Eric Trap” is a leadership fable.  It includes chapters of the fictional Eric, followed up with some great leaders offering insight into the spiritual and practical implications of Eric’s decisions.

I’d love to give away some copies of this book, so do you want to win some?  I’ve got 3 books total to throw out there in the blogosphere, but do enter you need to follow all the options offered below!  There are so many ways to win!


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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Tricia · April 10, 2012

    I Would love to read this!

  2. Peter · April 10, 2012

    Being that I’m a techie, my current read is the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant – for a review, but also for personal growth. :)

  3. Brent · April 10, 2012

    Currently reading Lessons Kids Need to Learn by David Staal

  4. Erin · April 10, 2012

    Both nervous and excited to read this book!

  5. Emily Gist · April 10, 2012

    I can’t wait to ready this!!

  6. Mike · April 11, 2012

    Sounds like something I, and my campus leaders, could use.

  7. Aaron · April 11, 2012

    currently reading Not A Fan

  8. franktan · April 12, 2012

    Currently reading I Blew It by Brian Dollar.

  9. Kelley Young · April 13, 2012

    This sounds like an awesome book !!!!

  10. Bill Gunter · April 13, 2012

    I’ve seen a lot of tweets, sounds like a book worth reading

  11. Bill Gunter · April 13, 2012

    currently reading I Blew it by Brian Dollar

  12. Greg · April 13, 2012

    Finishing I Blew It by Brian Dollar, The Eric Trap is next on my list as soon as I get a copy

  13. Joni_lum · April 17, 2012

    NOw I’m curious, sounds like I need to get a hold of one of these books :)

    • Joni_lum · April 17, 2012

      sorry, I am reading “Jesus in the Present Tense” by Wiersbe

  14. Lindsey Whitney · April 19, 2012

    Spiritual Parenting and Getting Things Done

    (Do you know your tweet says you are giving away The Legacy Path?)

  15. Lindsey Whitney · April 20, 2012

    Congrats everyone!  I swear, Frank Tan wins everything.  

  16. franktan · April 20, 2012

    Thanks, Jonathan. I am thrilled to win this.  

  17. franktan · April 20, 2012

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Lindsey. I can certify that I do not win all that much. It just appears so because we travel (online) in the same circles.  

    Anyway, I am still waiting to win a Scottevest. Mine is worn out.