A Little Something To Do In My Free Time

A Little Something To Do In My Free Time

A few months ago, a book publisher called. They had an idea for a book. And they felt the Lord directing them to call me to see if I might be the guy to write it.

Um, excuse me? Um…you know I barely even read books, right? Um, you know I say ‘um’ a lot, right? I mean, getting a song out of me is miracle enough. What makes you think you could squeeze even one chapter of a book out of this mountain boy? Seriously, I don’t think Dostoevsky ever listed American Idol as one of his hobbies on facebook, if you get my drift. I don’t think Chaucer would have counted Galaga as one of the great inventions of the last century. Know what I mean?

Well, the short version of the story is this: I am in the middle of writing this work. I have no idea what I’m doing. But I’m doing it anyway, somehow. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It’s about something of which I am very passionate. And when you hear the title and premise (soon), you will laugh at how God orchestrated the recent great adventures of our lives to fall right smack dab in the middle of writing this book. Sometimes God is subtle. This was not one of those times.

I will tell you more details about it later. But I wanted to share the news with you now because we need prayer. Our crazy life just got a lot crazier. And I would be really grateful if you all would cover my family and me in prayer as I finish writing this book…while moving…and while our travel schedule ramps up for a busy spring. Thank you so much.

I never saw this coming. I never even had the first thought that God would call me to put pen to paper for something like this. But I am so happy to be doing it. I’m excited to tell you more about it soon.

Thanks for your prayers. Gonna go get to work. And then…maybe a quick game of Galaga.


  1. BooDaddy on March 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Don't make me write. Ohhhh, they're making me write.

  2. CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD on March 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Oh my gosh Travis you just gave me goose bumps all over I am so glad that God is moving you and nudging you in all kinds of things I will be praying for you.
    God is Mighty and is moving in your life hang on tight.
    May the Lord be with you and keep you and your family and give you the strength to do what He has called you to do. We love you here in Blog land
    Glad we are all in one body with Jesus. Could'nt think of a better place to be than in His arms.
    Can't wait brother to se what the Lord is doing in your life.

  3. Melinda on March 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Man, your year's turning out a little different than you anticipated, huh? :o)

    Don't you just love it when God's got a plan and let's you come along for the (roller-coaster) ride?

  4. Rhonda on March 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Looking forward to it!

  5. BeechemBrightSpots on March 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    We'll be praying! Can't wait to hear all about this part of your adventure too!

  6. fuzzytop on March 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I have NO IDEA what Galaga is…. I am so uncool…

    Will pray for you and Angela; you both have a lot going on right now!


    P.S. My verification "word" is "pologra", which sounds like a good name for another game that I know nothing about! hahahahahaha

  7. April on March 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I am uncool as well, not sure what Galaga is either… but I will be enlightened to know what God has provided you in word form – just so long as there is some Travis-wit in it. I need me some Travis humor.

  8. Fran on March 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Oh, it's a children's book isn't it?
    Bwahahahahahaha!!! I couldn't resist.

    Saying a prayer for your sweet family.

    Me and some of my local peeps will see you at Inside Out! Looking forward to it. Have a great rest of the week!

  9. Mama Trelle on March 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Can i preorder it on amazon yet???
    It will be amazing 🙂
    cannot wait!!!!

  10. heids124 on March 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Not gonna lie. I'm jealous.

    BUT I'm also very excited to read it! You're quite the gifted writer. Too bad your gifts didn't extend into other areas of life, such as Nertz playing.

  11. ForHisGlory on March 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Travis, how fun! I can't wait to hear more details!!

  12. Kelly S. on March 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

    How exciting!!! So happy to hear a book is part of your great adventure!! I love to read almost as much as I love music!!!
    PRAYING, PRAYING, PRAYING for you and your family 🙂

  13. Valerie on March 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Loved Galaga! Your book will be great too! Praying for your family during this season of life…

  14. His Jules on March 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    It makes me smile to see all that God is doing in your life and your sweet family. God is doing a "new thing" and it is good! Praying for all of you on this new adventure and for all of the doors God is opening to you for ministry.

  15. Melanie M on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    When I saw the title of the post, I thought, "he has free time???" Wow! I'm excited to hear more about this book. If it's anything like your journey writings recently, it'll be fantastic. Remember, He has made us competent thru his spirit to do what he's called us to do. (2Cor 3:5-6) I will be praying!

  16. Christine on March 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, is it at all possible that Travis Cottrell is writing a book on worship?! Please, Jesus?! Whatever it is it will be fantastic! That Holy Spirit is so full of surprises! Praying for you all!

  17. Anonymous on March 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Prayer said! Can't wait to read the book!!

  18. Leah @ Point Ministries on March 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    HOnored to pray. Can't wait to hear more.


  19. Linda on March 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It is an honor to pray for you and for your family. I love it when the Lord does such amazing things!

  20. Tiffani on March 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Heckadoodle, man..you've got a LOT going on…

    In the great words of ChikFilA employees it'd be "my pleasure" to pray for y'all!

    God's got ya!

  21. Susan B. on March 17, 2010 at 6:51 am

    How AWESOME! I can't wait to hear all about it. Consider yourselves prayed for! 🙂

  22. Sherri M - NH on March 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Does it have anything to do with High School Musical? HAHAHA!!!

    God is so good and I cannot wait to hear more about your adventure. Your blog has been so exciting lately! Thank you for letting us in on all this great stuff God is doing in you and your familie's life.

    I'll be praying for you-

  23. Sheryl on March 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Praying for you, Travis!


  24. HIS Child on March 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Loving the continued adventure for your lives.
    I will be praying for the creative, musical, and relocation coverage. Have a blessed day.


  25. Cindy- My Life HIS Story on March 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I haven't commented much on all the recent events, so here goes. WOW!! AWESOME!!

    Okay, that's it. That's as profound as I can be…and how ironic that we were all giving you a hard time about being a cliffhanger novelist. Can't wait to hear about the book!!

  26. Nancy on March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Loved the word "heckadoodle" in one post–I'm going to steal that!
    I am neither shocked nor surprised. After you wrote the great adventure and had us hanging on the edge of our seats, I thought-that man can really write!!
    Definitely will be praying, and just have to say that it's an honor to do so.

  27. Moose Mama on March 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    How exciting! Will definitely pray for you and the fam.

    When my husband and I were first married we played Galaga and Tron at the local Bally's arcade for hours. That was pre-children and mortgages….then we had to grow up. Now he plays some sort of Bubble thing and I read blogs. We didn't grow far.


  28. Cindy on March 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Praying for you and your family! Can't wait to hear more about the book.

  29. Margie by the Sea on March 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Covering all the Cottrells in prayer from South Carolina!
    God is surely at work here.
    Can't wait to hear more about all the blessings He has in store for you and your family for being so obedient to His call.

    Looking forward to LPL in Florida in April!

  30. praisinyahweh on March 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Will be praying, but also looking forward to seeing what God is using you for. The words you spoke in Tucson today were so inspired … do true … so needed. I can only imagine what he will do with you and a whole book!

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