NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Author, speaker, teacher, pastor, and Dove Award-nominated recording artist Rick Cua has unveiled his second book, What Are You Known For?, from All for the King Media. The book, which released to retail on May 26, 2020, in both trade paperback and ebook formats, includes 31 chapters that are wrapped around life in terms of calling, discernment, growth, identity, love, perseverance, purpose, and more.
What Are You Known For? is a collection of stories, scriptures, and thoughts designed to encourage and inspire us in new ways.
"Weighing in at 214 pages, this is not an epic offering," Cua says. "Rather, in the spirit of CliffsNotes, it is a book designed to be a short read with a long tail."
"Want to think, feel and ultimately be better, for Jesus and all those you love?" says Steve Berger, Cua's pastor at Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee. "I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this humble yet powerful little book...and share it with others!"
What Are You Known For? is Cua's second book, following not-so-closely on the heels of his previous book, Songs to Live By, which was published by Honor Books in 1993. But Cua has not been resting on his laurels since his first book.
During his celebrated music ministry career that has spanned nearly four decades, Cua has released 12 solo projects, five albums with his band, Blues Counsel (which was recently inducted into the famed Mississippi Blues Trail), and five music videos, resulting in six Number 1 radio hits and a Dove Award nomination. He has served as Vice President - Creative at EMI Christian Music Publishing and President of Kingdom Bound Ministries, and he currently ministers as Pastoral Care Pastor at Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee. And that doesn't take into account that before starting his music ministry career, Cua earned a pair of Gold Records with the legendary mainstream rock band, The Outlaws.
Considering his extensive music, business, and ministry experience, it is easy to understand why Cua is viewed as such a resource to the church. The wisdom he gained in ministry and business, along with a gift of encouragement, has provided him the components of an artist, author, teacher, speaker, and pastor with a passion for helping others build their legacy and find their fullness in Christ. Cua acknowledges that it is the act of sharing that propels him forward and that also compelled him to write What Are You Known For?
"I wrote for Christian Musician magazine for a number of years and I realized my articles had gradually turned from being mainly for musicians to writing for everyone," Cua recalls. "I came to realize that I needed to get this book out and leave it behind, in hopes it would encourage others in their journey as they build their legacy one brick at a time."
Cua's message in the book is simple: The sum of what we do on this earth follows us to heaven, but it is also left behind as our legacy.
"What Are You Known For? is about activating Godly principles in our lives to help us build a legacy worthy of our calling," he explains. "The over-arching message of the book is the same over-arching message of my life and ministry--loving God and loving people through the power of God's Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit, with the ultimate hope that you are making a deposit in the lives of others so they can do the same."
What Are You Known For? has already receiving high praise from industry and media professionals alike, including the following:
"I've known Rick as a Godly friend who always makes me want to be a better person when I am around him. If you asked me for a great example in my life of a man I know who walks with real down-to-earth-rubber-meets-the-road Christian integrity...Rick Cua is at the #1 spot on a very shortlist. All that said--I would gladly read anything Rick Cua deems worthy of writing." - Bruce Adolph. Publisher of Worship Musician Magazine
"In a world where so many people approach life in a transactional way, I've long admired Rick Cua's relational approach. I always got the sense that here was a man who cared passionately about music, but even more deeply about people. That heart comes across so strongly in this lovely, conversational book, What Are You Known For?, and as you read it you'll catch much wisdom about life, love, faith, and purpose. Enjoy!" - Matt Redman, Songwriter/Worship Musician.
"Rick's insights into scripture and the real-life applications he reveals are relatable and highly motivating. I'm thrilled to see his heart conveyed so effectively through this amazing book!" - Peter York, Chairman/CEO, Capitol Christian Music Group
"Rick's music has had and continues to have a huge influence on my life, both in my younger teenage years and also as I have continued on my journey growing as a Christian. Today Rick has taken some of those same life lessons he has sung about over the years and placed them into great, concise words of wisdom, which are easy to understand and apply to our lives. I would recommend this book to help any Christian grow in their walk with God. Another great job by Rick Cua!" - Jay DePalmo, CEO, Mardel Christian and Education Stores
"My good friend Rick Cua lives life to the fullest! He is curious about everyone and everything, and he cares deeply about it all. This book is like having a cup of coffee with a fascinating, joyful and generous friend. No long lectures ... just creative insights into amazing everyday things mixed with eternal truths. It inspired me to ponder, to smile and to grow. Enjoy!" - Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus, Compassion International, Author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute
"When Rick Cua is telling stories, I want to listen. In the messy effort of trying to combine business, art and faith, Rick's life has shone like a beacon in the night to all of us in the Christian music community. This book tells the tales that only Rick can tell, and in a way that is completely unique to him. You'll be drawn in by his experiences and perspective, but you'll be changed by the Gospel that is living on every page." - John Mays, Sr. VP - A&R, Centricity Records
"Rick Cua's new book, What are You Known For?, is filled with God's word, interesting stories, and fresh thoughts. Every chapter is designed to motivate you as you build your life's legacy day by day and brick by brick." - Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday and The Birth Order Book.
What Are You Known For? is published by All for the King Media in both trade paperback and ebook formats. It released to retail on May 26, 2020. For more information on Rick Cua and What Are You Known For?, visit rickcua.com.