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"Platform is the word that makes every new speaker or writer's heart quake. (And lots of us down the road are still shaken!) Tackling everything from social media to pre-sales, Kate and Shannon look at platform-building practices with a biblical lens that will calm our trembling heart. This book helps to transfer our confidence in our messages to Christ once and for all. Influence has given us a Scriptural foundation on which our platform can be safely built."
Amy Carroll
Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and writer, author, and Next Step Coaching Services speaking coach
Cheri Gregory
Author, speaker, and Write Beside You writing coach
"Today's author faces pressure to promote her own work. This is difficult for most writers, who'd rather craft books than sell them, and even more so for the Christian called to self-forgetfulness over self-promotion. How can we play our part in the contemporary publishing world without losing our soul?
Influence, Kate Motaung and Shannon Popkin place platform building where it belongs--in the context of character and calling. Recounting their own failures, successes, and lessons alongside biblical insights, they help us navigate fear, comparison, and other perils while encouraging us to humbly share our gifts. This is a timely, helpful book reminding us that platforms are best built for the service of God and others."
Sheridan Voysey
Writer, broadcaster, and author of
The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When Life Doesn't Go as Planned and Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings

"With wisdom and grace, Kate and Shannon serve as our wilderness guides, leading us through the deep valleys, treacherous terrain, and hopeful hollows we all face on the journey from fearful wanderer to front-line warrior. Real-life stories, powerful analogies, and penetrating questions energize and equip us for each new adventure while keeping our focus and priorities firmly fixed on Christ and eternal results. Read it. Share it. Live it!"                           
Marnie Swedberg
International Leadership Mentor,
Influence is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it. Kate and Shannon give permission to use our gifts for God's glory and then show us how to focus on making a name for Jesus instead of making a name for ourselves. The authors exposed my pride, fear, and selfish motives, but through their wise mentoring and refreshing honesty, I'm emboldened to step into my calling as a woman of influence."
Leslie Bennett
Revive Our Hearts, Women's Ministry Initiatives
Influence is a much-needed resource for authors who want to steward their God-given message with prayer, impact, and purpose. In my work with hundreds of Christian authors and publishers, their main focus remains constant: They each desire to share the Gospel in a way that honors God first and foremost over themselves. 
Often the business side of marketing and selling books can create a real tension in this space between stewarding a message well and self-promotion. What I love most about
Influence is that it offers a sigh of relief along with a balanced approach on how to address this tension with grace and confidence." 
Lindsey Hartz
Marketing and Launch Consultant for Christian Authors and Publishers at Lindsey Hartz Creative
Influence is the book every Christian needs who influences or communicates through writing, speaking, or a social media platform. Shannon and Kate's honest, biblical, and refreshing perspective on the industry provides a professional compass for both new and seasoned writers and speakers. Their message reflects my own passion and struggle with ministry and marketing. Their book lets you know you're not alone in those feelings and provides a practical, biblical roadmap to share your message in today's generation. Influence is something I will read again and will share with those I coach and teach!"
Brenda L. Yoder, LMHC
Influencer and author of 
Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

About the Author

Shannon Popkin loves to invite women to live like God's Word is true. She is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. As a writer and speaker, Shannon combines her love for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus.

Shannon is from West Michigan and is happy to be sharing life with Ken, who makes her laugh every single day. Together, they have the joy of parenting two college students, a high schooler, and two adorable shih tzus. Find more at

Kate Motaung
 is the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and BelongingLetters to GriefThe Five-Minute Writing Prompt JournalThe 31-Day Writing Prompt Journal, The 90-Day Writing Prompt Journal, and A Start-Up Guide for Online Christian Writers, and Letters to Grief, and co-author of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me).

She is the host of Five Minute Friday (, an online community that encourages and equips Christian writers, and she blogs at Heading Home ( Kate is the owner of Refine Services (, a company that offers writing and editing services.
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (November 27, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1726685799
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1726685795
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.38 x 8.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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