Welcome to Stabs of Joy, the online home of Kevin Ott, author of "Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing," his debut book released on Nov. 1, 2016 (BroadStreet Publishing) and now available wherever books are sold. To learn more about the book, click here.

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My life's mission statement: "To pursue a radical hunger for God and to inspire others to be radically hungry for God in a way that transforms their lives for the better. If there was one modern book that I could call my manifesto for life, it would be A.W. Tozer's 'The Pursuit of God.'"


Besides writing non-fiction and fiction books, I have a podcast called Aslan's Paw. Here are my interviews with actor David Oyelowo, singer Dolly Parton, Mark Henn, Disney animator of "Moana," and Todd Karmicki, the screenwriter of the Tom Hanks film "Sully":

Click here to go to the official podcast page for Aslan's Paw where you can check for new episodes or subscribe to the podcast.

My Background

In the days when Mark Zuckerberg was still in his Harvard dorm room coding "the Facebook," I was busy on the other side of the country earning a B.A. in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I was also studying literature and film scoring on the side. I'm fascinated by astronomy, Jack Black movies, England, and mountains, and I am trained in wing chun kung fu. (Yes, I have "bo staff skills," as Napoleon Dynamite would say.)

Besides books and podcasts, here are a few places on the Web Net where you can find my writing:



I love reading and writing about marketing (and sometimes doing it). I'm a copywriter (mostly ghostwriting work) for many digital marketing agencies and other companies. I've done a variety of work for Zondervan Books, FrontGate Media, and others.

(See my copywriting/marketing home base at Kev's Writing Tips.)

One of my favorite places in the world (and, yes, that is a labyrinth):


Last but not least, here are a few of my favorite sites: Great Links →