An Amazon Bestseller

It is humbling, but exciting to report that the book launch was quite successful. Finding God in Silicon Valley climbed to #1 in the category Christian Leadership.

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My goal with my book and this blog is to get out the message of hope and joy that comes with faith in Christ. You might consider giving copies to friends as a way to engage in conversations about faith. You can purchase the book at the Store on this site or at Amazon:  Finding God in Silicon Valley:  Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World.

“Finding God in Silicon Valley” Launches on Amazon on Friday, October 30!

As a follower of this blog you have had the opportunity to read inspiring stories of faith. I have now packaged some of the best of those stories in a book, Finding God in Silicon Valley — Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World. The book is scheduled to launch on Amazon on Friday, October 30. 

Finding God in Silicon Valley -- side view coverMy purpose for the book is to pass on the message of hope and joy that comes with faith in Christ. You can help with the success of the launch, and help the message gain visibility, by purchasing the book on Amazon for yourself or for a friend as a gift.  Also, if you feel so moved, write a review after you have read the book.  Here is the Amazon link:  Finding God in Silicon Valley.

Finding God in Silicon Valley tells how God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley—venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, leaders of major companies, innovators in non-profit start-ups, scientists, and technologists. You will be inspired and challenged as you read their journeys of faith.

Here is what Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, wrote in the book’s Foreword:  “In a thought-provoking manner, Skip Vaccarello provides a collection of amazing stories of leaders who have found God in Silicon Valley…one of the most influential but anti-God places on Earth.”

You can see other endorsements here:  Endorsements.

To give you a flavor of the book, here is the book’s introduction:  God and Silicon Valley:  The Journey Begins

The book is also available for purchase both on Amazon and on this site:  Store

Conversations about Faith

RekindleThe Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and QPlace partnered to launch a YouTube channel called ReKindle:  Engaging Gospel Conversations.  In its launch today — September 1 — it featured five five-minute videos.  Skip Vaccarello (author of this site) is featured in one video — ReKindling the Gospel in the Workplace, in which he offers advice for sharing your faith.  Other videos are:

Religion in Silicon Valley — A Story on BBC World Service

bbc_world_serviceThe weekend of August 7-9 BBC World Service ran a radio story titled “Religion in Silicon Valley” produced by Peter Bowes. The story offers a contrast between the technological orientation of life in Silicon Valley and the growing practice of faith, including Christianity. You can listen to the 26 minute program here:  Heart and Soul — Religion in Silicon Valley. Epic Church in San Francisco, C3 Church Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast are mentioned in the program.

You can also read a related story on BBC Capital by Peter Bowes here — When the God of Money Isn’t Enough.

Faith in Silicon Valley

Fox News logoFaith in Silicon Valley has gotten the attention of the national media. The stories on this blog and my upcoming book, Finding God in Silicon Valley:  Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World have piqued their interest. This week I was interviewed by Lauren Green on her program Spirited Debate on Fox News. The interview is brief, but you might find it interesting.

What a Beautiful Day!

Beasutiful Day -- painting US map2The weekend of April 25 and 26 saw the mobilization of thousands of people delivering compassionate services in Santa Clara County. “Beautiful Day” is what the activity is called. It is a coalition of churches, government agencies, and community organizations serving needs in the community. Activities included building, cleaning, renovating, painting, and landscaping at schools, parks, neighborhoods, and non-profit organizations.

The idea for Beautiful Day was initiated by Westgate Church in 2004. In addition to seven churches and volunteers from various other groups participating this year, 36 businesses donated time and goods to the effort.

I had the opportunity to experience Beautiful Day through New Beginnings CommunityBeautiful Day -- Gardening2 Church (NBCC). Our church canceled Sunday gatherings and organized approximately 600 volunteers to serve at two elementary schools – Bubb Elementary School in Mountain View and East Palo Alto Charter School.

I volunteered at Bubb Elementary School. Not only was the weather beautiful, but it was encouraging to see hundreds of people working together on miscellaneous projects the school administrators and teachers requested. It was also good to know that we were part of something larger – showing the love of Christ to our neighbors.

PBS Show Highlights Faith in Silicon Valley

In my April 3 post, I wrote about recent events that show how God is working in Silicon Valley. A PBS television show “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” that aired the weekend of April 4th, highlights the contrast between the typical values of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the new breed of Christian entrepreneurs that are rising up.

I was interviewed for this program as were Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware and Neil Ahlsten, CEO of Carpenter’s Code — the developer of the prayer app Abide. It is a neat segment that is well worth watching. Let me know what you think by leaving a reply below.

Click the image below to view video. The program follows a brief advertisement.

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Something Special is Happening in Silicon Valley!

Frequent readers of this blog are aware that God is doing something special in Silicon Valley – traditionally one of the most secular areas in the country.

Four events over a ten-day span in March add to the sense that God is up to something significant. The 2015 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13 drew a record number of attendees. In addition, there were three “first ever” events — the first Jesus to the Bay church unity event; Transforming the Bay with Christ’s first ThinkTank for pastors interested in opening new churches in the Bay Area; and the first annual Silicon Valley Discipleship Walk for Water.

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast

SVPB 2015Keynote speaker, Kirk Perry, mesmerized the crowd of over 700 people, who showed up at 7:00 am at the 21st Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13. Kirk and the other two speakers – Neil Ahlsten and Sehin Belew addressed the topic “Finding Your Calling.” Continue reading