In the fall of 2011, I released. my 7th book, “More Than Cake.”  The book is titled after my blog, “More Than Cake” and contains 52 devotionals to build teams.

FUN FACT: The cover was a photo a took several years ago when visiting California and features my two oldest sons… I love this photo and am so pleased to use it on my book.

So what is the book all about?

Far too much of our Faith in the West is focused on the individual. Faith, in large part, has become so “personalized” that it has ceased to have meaning for the community of Church. So how do we buck the trends of culture and build emotionally connected and spiritually strong teams? One key component is sharing a common devotional life. This book is a compilation of 52 meditations conceived in the midst of my own suffering and pleasure while building a team. These devotionals take on issues of church, culture, and theology in a way that will engage your team in a full-orbed discussion of life. These pages contain some of my most intimate writings and it is my hope that they will bless you and your team as you learn to serve Christ together.


I am also very pleased to have the endorsement of my book from some good friends:

Dr. Phil Stevenson
Dr. Phil Stevenson Director of Church Multiplication, Pacific Southwest District, Wesleyan Church.
Joe pulls from his wide experiential background to provide practical nourishment for the souls of core team members. If you genuinely want to plant a spiritually robust church you will need spiritually robust core members. Joe’s material will help you cultivate spiritual vitality in those men and women who will serve as the foundation for your new church.
Dr. Terry Dorsett
Dr. Terry Dorsett Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board of the Great Commission Baptist Convention (SBC).
Joe challenges his readers with 52 of these team building meditations. This book is easy to read. It challenges the reader to think about how our human nature interacts with our leadership efforts and how we can shape those efforts so we can be more effective leaders.
Frank Viola
Frank Viola Leading Author and Speaker in the Organic Church Movement
Joe wrote the book for teams, but it’s good for individuals too  Because Joe writes in a winsome style, it’s a fast read. The discussion sections slow you down to reflect on each devotion. I especially liked the quotes that Joe selected. They alone are worth the price of the book.
Gary Irby
Gary Irby Director of Seattle Church Planting
Joe Miller is a man who loves Jesus, loves God’s word, loves the church…and he loves teams. In More Than Cake, Joe gives us a fresh look at the joys and challenges of being God’s children in a fallen world. By walking through these devotionals together, a team is well on the journey toward the same language, the same heart, and following the same Lord.
John H. Armstrong
John H. Armstrong President, ACT 3 Your Church Is Too Small
This is a rare devotional resource precisely because it is rooted in bringing the reader into deep reflection about the obedience of faith lived out in community. In a time when doing is far more important than being Joe Miller understands the real difference and guides you into being a true Jesus follower in relationship with others.
Felicity Dale
Felicity Dale Author, An Army of Ordinary People, co-author, Small is Big! Co-founder, House2House Ministries |
 More Than Cake is not your typical devotional. This thought-provoking meditation guide, designed for small group use, will challenge any group to become more effective, not just in building a sense of community but also in their approach to mission. Joe’s writing is both Insightful and stimulating!
Dr. J. David Jackson
Dr. J. David Jackson Team Strategist for Church Multiplication Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware Primary author and editor of PlantLIFE: Principles and Practices in Church Planting
I heartily recommend this book! In More Than Cake, my friend Joe Miller has shared unique, creative weekly devotional thoughts that will provoke interest, dialogue and a deeper connection for teams seeking to grow together as they serve the Lord. With a church planter’s heart and a Biblical scholar’s head, Joe challenges conventional thinking and invites you into his discussion in ways that will strengthen and enrich the unity of your team. I intend to encourage all our church planters to use this book in developing their core groups, launch teams and later, their leadership staff.

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Be sure to check out my other books available on on my Mediography page.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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