KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
November 13, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Many Katyites grew up in the local youth group scene knowing and worshiping with Wayne Kerr. The contemporary Christian musician and worship leader released a book this week that is sure to inspire, especially in 2020.
Photo courtesy: Wayne Kerr
Local Artist, Wayne Kerr Releases Book
This week, well-known Christian musician Wayne Kerr released his book “Braving: The Art of Pursuing What Makes You Come Alive.” In the book, Kerr interviews 50 trailblazers from all different walks of life who have inspired him. He highlights his takeaways through nine powerful truths that demonstrate how to defeat doubt and fear.
“I hope people will be inspired and see a cross section of people and their stories and how they pursue their dreams,” says Wayne Kerr.
This concept for the book came when Kerr turned 50 two years ago and he was granted a sabbatical from his position as worship leader at Grace Fellowship Church.
“It was a big milestone, and I took the time to refill my tank,” says Kerr.
Since college, the artist hasn’t stopped creating and reaching out to the community. He’s put out 10 albums, run countless youth camps, and toured with his band all over the world.
“I wanted to shout out and send a few notes to people who inspired me,” explains Kerr.
He sent notes and asked to sit down for coffee with those he admired, many of whom he didn’t know.
“You might look at someone and think they have it all together,” says Kerr. “What’s important is how you handle it.”
Interviews that Show Truth
These conversations turned into interviews and Kerr saw nine truths that showed how these individuals embrace their identities to defeat fear to pursue their passions. Those interviewed include author John Eldredge, musicians Dave Barnes and Fernando Ortega, entrepreneurs Johnny Carrabba and Tara Royer Steele, artist Mark Maggiori, filmmaker Ben Masters, and more.
In many ways though, the shutdown gave many their own version of a sabbatical like Kerr had.
“I can tell you at least five people that I know making life changes because they paused,” says Kerr. “I think people are seeing that things they thought were stable weren’t. But faith is stable.”
Kerr is married to Kelley and they have two daughters, ages 8 and 6. He is back to leading worship at Grace Fellowship Church in Katy part-time so he can continue to pursue his art and other passions.
“By doing this I’m being a better version of myself and still doing what I love,” says Kerr. “Singing through worship is our heart crying out to the creator of the universe.”
Kerr hopes his book inspires readers and gives a unique takeaway to each person to help them pursue what makes their heart alive.
“The world needs you, especially now,” says Kerr. “This year has been pound after pound on the human heart. Do what you love. We live in a marvelous time where things are possible. Go for it.”
Releasing his book during the pandemic has presented Kerr with some challenges.
“I had all these grandiose plans and now that’s not going to happen,” says Kerr.
While most of his book release plans had to be canceled due to COVID-19, Kerr does have two events coming up.
Saturday, November 28
2 - 4 p.m.
Royer’s Pie Haven
Round Top, TX
Guests get a free slice of pie with the purchase of the book.
Saturday, December 5
2 - 4 p.m.
Red Potato Market
“Braving: The Art of Pursuing What Makes You Come Alive” is available now on Amazon. The book also includes study questions for deeper reflection.
Follow Kerr’s music on his website and Instagram: @waynesviews (music) @kerrvillegallery (art).