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Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Losing Your True Self

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STRAIGHT FROM HOLLYWOOD comes a dynamic business model for building a thriving career without compromising your faith. DeVon Franklin, vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, shares how being bold about his Christian faith while being driven and ambitious has actually helped him to excel in a high-profile, fast-paced, competitive industry.

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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Howard Books
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Sonja Lewis
A friend who saw the author in an interview with Oprah recommended the book. Since this person doesn't necessarily relate to faith based books, i thought it must be an intriguing read. And I was right.

A little pricey for an e-book, still I downloaded to my Kindle and read it in about a week, stealing time at the end of the day mostly.

Produced by Faith targets those at the beginning of their career, although any purpose driven person will benefit from the book. The author shares his personal st
James Fant
The Word admonishes us to strengthen others after we have been strengthened. I am going to do that now. I have found strength after reading "Produced by Faith," a powerful testimony written by Devon Franklin. So now I want to strengthen someone else.

Devon goes into great detail about the inner workings of the film industry and draws several parallels to how his knowledge might be beneficial in other disciplines. I found myself immediately applying the tools that Devon laid out about how to be t
K.L. Brady
As an author, I love to read books and watch biographic programs that detail the authors', musicians', and entertainers' personal and professional journeys, struggles with faith, and the determination and grit it takes to succeed in whatever field they may be in. I watch every biopic, television show (Behind the Music, UnSung, etc), and read books by Russell Simmons, Barack Obama and others who are at the top of their games. Such accounts truly give me perspective, energize and inspire me. Today ...more
Jasmyne Jackson
Jun 28, 2011 Jasmyne Jackson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm on the last few pages of the book. This book has me dreaming (with faith) above and beyond! I really love how DeVon Franklin incorporates God in all decisions that go on in his work life. I find this book helps me more with my personal life more than anything else. Learning to really lean on God and let Him lead (Proverbs 3:5-6). I'm going to read the book again and answer all the questions that DeVon has at the end of each chapter. Faith is the key to ALL!
I had just finished reading this book. Mr. Franklin knows what he is talking about. It is refreshing to hear from someone who is from Hollywood to offer both advice and inspiration as opposed to what you normally hear from books about Hollywood.

The difference is that it is from a Chrisitian perspective that is just simply inspirational. Even if you aren't a Christian, I highly recommend this book.
Liked it.

This book was great but sometimes he went to deep in trying to explain the movie business to prove his point. I enjoyed reading it and the fact that he didn't give up his faith for money or career and in the end he was blessed with even better opportunities. Overall a very inspiring story
Just what I need at this time of my know who is producing my life story. I believe this book will be a best seller because of the timing-people are struggling and searching for something more in life and this book directs them to their maker, God, who knows the purpose of each of our lives.
God works in interesting ways. A few years ago, I asked someone "how do I maintain my faith in the entertainment industry?" Produced By Faith has answered my question and given me a valuable tool for life. I keep reading it over and over again.
Jasmyne Jackson
Devon's experience is helping me to look at my purpose clearly.
Alexandrea J.
Jun 26, 2014 Alexandrea J. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to know how to practice their faith & have a great career
Recommended to Alexandrea J. by: My cousin
Shelves: must-buy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My cousin recommended this book to me particularly because I am kind of going through a career crisis and needed some direction and support in navigating my current choices vs. passions.

I just have to say that from the MINUTE I started reading, this book spoke to me. I wasn't even expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I did. It's incredibly practical and thought provoking. Devon includes questions after every chapter to encourage reflection and conve
DeVon Franklin writes a timely, exemplary book that underlies his own life experiences and examples how he stayed focused, trusted God, and kept the faith. Moreover, he tells the reader that he will not compromise his godly values for a career in movie production, even though he was assigned as an executive director on countless projects.

I was glued to his definition on "success" and proceeding with your development, things that need to be edited and deleted to see your future lying ahead of yo
I think DeVon Franklin is an amazing young talent and this is only the beginning of an a great career for him. I liked this book as he compared the movie making process to building a career. At some points the metaphor did not fully connect with me, but I was able to still rock with him. What was also a tiny disappointment was that the book was written from a religious point of view - I think that a lot of people who could benefit from what he has to say, would be turned off by that. Not to say ...more
Mary Stanwood
This book is a great read for anyone who aspires to live out their purpose in life, whether you're in the film biz or not! Devon uses the stages of film development, production, and distribution to illustrate how God divinely orchestrates our steps in life, whether it's through agonizingly long seasons of "development," or the humbling "notes" we're given in areas that need refinement. But ultimately, the Lord desires to bring us through Production and Distribution, though the road may be longer ...more
Daryl Murphy
This book was a great quick read for me. It really stresses staying true to your core values no matter what the environment around is you like. I would recommend this for anyone dealing with unethical or unGodly work environments.
I love how DeVon Franklin compares his life as a studio executive to his life as a studio executive. He showed us the faith it takes to make your way in this world against all the odds. How a man of faith can make it big in the cesspool of Hollywood where you have to be able to interrupt peoples expectations of how people act and help them overcome them so that you can survive in an environment where most Christians do not survive or thrive. This book inspired me because it showed how his courag ...more
This book has greatly helped me prepare for interviews by simply reminding me to ask myself, "Why do I want this job? How is it going to help me in my overall life plan? Is this the job God wants for me?" Simple questions that I sometimes forget to ask.
I saw his interview with Oprah and had to get the book. He was energized and inspirational on the show and I can feel that in his books. I love his real life experiences and his boldness to share his struggles. As a writer and movie goer, I can ea
Darlene Rene
I loved this book. I enjoy "parable style" writing, a story told that holds an unexpected meaning. I am not a producer, but as an actor, I clearly understood how my personal life story was a great "dramedy!" Though sad at times, it was also very funny. The "Production Process" has been long with a great "cast" of characters and "intricate plot lines" along the way. A few "Oscar" worthy performances and definitely a cult following strong enough to support a "sequel!" I've accepted the truth that, ...more
Tenee Hall
This was a really good faith reboot. I enjoyed how he talked about the journey and broke it into pieces.
Rejoice Jackson
This book gave helpful advice on how to keep your mind on God's plan for your life and how to remain a servant to him first in all aspects of life including your career. I enjoyed the general idea for this book however I couldn't get into it. Great idea, he just could've done a better job at it. The book was pretty boring. Took me like 2 or 3 months just to get to page 100 and give up on reading it.. He could've used a bit more humor or something! The bible says laughter does the body good like ...more
Matthew -MK-
DeVon is an inspiring speaker and writer. "Produced by Faith" is a compelling and uplifting look at how to conduct yourself as a person of sincere faith (Christian faith) in the workplace, couched in the metaphor of our life being a "movie" being Directed by Christ. Now an Executive at Sony Pictures, DeVon shares how dying to "self" and being faithful to God's calling has been a difficult, yet rewarding path in his life. I am enjoying a chapter every morning and always have to stop myself from c ...more
Exceedingly blessed by this book and keep recommending it to my students. As others have mentioned, film-making as a metaphor for the spiritual journey of success worked well here. The books points are thoughtful and expansive, and very relevant. Franklin is obviously not just loosely acquainted with Scripture. It is clear that he reads it--deeply, absorbs it, and applies it. I am a Seventh-day Adventist, as well, and found Franklin's commitment to living out his faith an inspiration as well as ...more
Dina Abuelezam
This was a greatly helpful and insightful book on ways to happiness and success without losing your belief in God. Devon Franklin used the film industry process and his personal experiences to describe helpful ways to stay true to yourself as you succeed. (Ignoring the typos sporadically present throughout the book) This was a greatly inspirational and applicable manual to life. Perfect for those trying to figure out their career path. I greatly recommend this book.
Jill Kemerer
DeVon Franklin wrote a practical and inspiring book on becoming the best we can be in our vocation (and he has tips on figuring out that vocation too). I liked the emphasis on listening to God, paying attention to the signs He sends us, and working hard in whatever we do. I took notes throughout and know I'll be looking back often whenever I need encouragement.

Life, work, and achieving our dreams is not easy, but DeVon shows it is possible. Great book!
Tamiko Lloyd
Appreciated the movie analogy as it relates to your career. There were lots of things I highlighted for future reference. As someone currently in "development hell" it's good to know there is a plan and if you are faithful great things are to come.
This book is REALLY heavy on the Christianity. I knew going in that it would talk about God and his plan and all that but it was like every other sentence. The book uses the film industry as a metaphor for religion, unfortunately, instead of just detailing how one Christian made it in Hollywood, which would have been more enjoyable and more useful.
Renee Axtell
This book puts God into the role of movie producer, and you are the movie. The author is quite arrogant and self-righteous and he is clear that the reason he is successful as a movie studio executive is because of God's favor. I read the first few chapters and then skimmed the rest. Didn't like it at all.
Shellie Rogers-Taylor
I enjoyed his interview with Oprah more than I did the book. I am a spiritual person, not really religious and he seems to me to be the opposite, so I disconnected from the book because of our philisophical/religious differences. I respect him, but his book ended up not being for me.
Saleena Lockett
Seriously one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. If you are interested in the entertainment business this book is a must read, especially for Christians. I am always buying this book for people I lead and are interested in going to the next level.
Eddie Hudson
The words in this book are more than inspiring; they are convicting and when applied, will be like food and medicine for your soul! Plus you learn a thing or two about the movie industry. And most importantly, you learn hays to manage your career.

Awesome read! Uplifting and Bible based. Thank you Devon for writing this book. You've touched more people then you'll ever know. This man KNOWS God, and reminds us all how we can LIVE God in our every day lives and be witnesses
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