It’s True: Amazing Things Will Happen

I just finished reading C.C. Chapman’s latest book, Amazing Things Will Happen, and I feel as if the book was not only meant for someone like me, but it seemingly chronicled a lot of what I went through to get to where I am today.
Sure, my life story doesn’t read exactly the same as C.C.’s does (it’d be very creepy if it did), but things like working for college radio and being the guy who was able to congregate with a variety of “cliques” in high school resonated with me very deeply. Even my love for the stage mirrors C.C.’s.

Amazing Things Will Happen doesn’t read like a traditional how-to book, because it isn’t a traditional how-to book. C.C. makes no bones about it: amazing things don’t just happen, but they will happen if you work hard and be good to others. Those two ingredients are key – and in the book I felt as if C.C. and I were just sitting around having a beer as he walked me through his path to self-improvement.

After C.C. chronicled the early part of his life in the book – laden with lessons throughout – he dives deeper into the subject matter, discussing things like how to be what he calls a “passion hit”, the importance of writing things down (an idea that is not lost on me at all), how to simplify, focus, and attack, along with other pearls of wisdom throughout the book. Amazing Things Will Happen offered me some new things to try and reinforced that I am doing many of the right things already.

Again, this book not only can act as a solid reinforcement, but it is put together in such a way that it doesn’t feel clinical or pieced together. C.C. is telling a story – both the one he has lived and the one he wants for hte reader – and it comes across extremely well. I didn’t feel preached to at all; I felt a sense of encouragement instead. Even as Amazing Things Will Happen (the book) wraps up, C.C. sets the reader up with enough motivation to start the next phase of their lives so that that amazing things will happen (the experience) going forward.

C.C. Chapman has written both a journal and a guide, and he’s danced that line in deft fashion. Amazing Things Will Happen may not seem to be a book that can change your life, but if you give it a chance it most certainly will.

Want a signed copy of Amazing Things Will Happen? Here are two ways you can give yourself a shot to win one of two copies that C.C. has so generously offered:

  1. Leave a comment below sharing how you plan to make sure that amazing things will happen for you
  2. Share the following tweet: I plan to make sure that #AmazingThingsWillHappen for me in 2013! // @cc_chapman @mikevardy

You’ll get one entry for a comment and one for a tweet. I’ll select the two winners via random drawing on Friday at noon PST.


  1. johncade says

    How do I plan to make sure amazing things happen? By taking control of my life. Growing through it, not just going through it.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this Mike. Hmmm… how will make sure amazing things happen? I’m taking responsibility for myself, the people I care about, and even people I don’t know.

  3. says

    For me, a guy with delusions of writer, the key to making amazing things happen is to both write and publish. It is silly that I have let so many finished books pile up without getting them available. The publishing aspect is mostly about the editing. This is simply a matter of hiring a good editor and staying focused enough to get through. The next steps, beta readers, covers, and finally formatting, are relatively easy. So, why do I have 3 completed books NOT published and a fourth that will be done Sunday? Because I haven’t made publishing a priority.That being said, I do expect to get two of them out this month. So, I plan on making amazing things happen by focusing on the other two books and getting them out as quickly as possible.

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