All posts by Ben Wilder

Seeing all of the big and small on an Airstream!

I have pretty awesome friends traveling across the country in an Airstream. And we’re all really lucky because their taking photos along the way. Their names are Joe (dad), Rhonda (mom), and Austin (son) and you can check out the stunning photography by clicking here. I’ll have to admit I’m envious of their adventures, but at the very least I can look at the pictures they take, close my eyes, and pretend I’m there! That is, until my dogs scratch my leg because their hungry for dinner and I’ve been sitting with my eyes closed for 7 hours! OK, moving right along 🙂 Rhonda sent me a video of Austin reading my book, so this is the first known video of my book being read on an Airstream. SO COOL!


Pics from Word of South Festival in Tallahassee, Florida


“The best weekend complete with great weather, happy people, and folks interested in my book! Couldn’t have asked for more fun in Tallahassee!”
-me, about the Word of South Festival

Venturing down to Tallahassee was full of excitement for two reasons, 1. Hanging out with my family and 2. Setting up as a vendor at the Word of South Festival. Seeing my family is always fun, so I’ll skip right to the festival. It was held at Cascades park, an area of town which I still can’t find the right words for. Friendly, easy, inviting, fun, open space, free, peaceful, natural (in a way). It’s a great new area of Tallahassee with bridges, ponds, fountains, an outdoor theater, and a few trendy restaurants. It was the perfect spot for the festival.

I met so many nice people; from young kids wanting to pet Piper and Asia, to college students, to recent grads, new parents, old parents, grand parents, and apparently books and music appeal to all ages of people. Who knew? 😉 I was able to sell some books (by the way, if you want to check out my book and see the interior, click here for the Amazon link) which feels very validating as a new author. Throughout both days I had great conversations with people; something I didn’t foresee but is one of my favorite highlights. If I met you at the festival, thanks for chatting with me and I look forward to seeing you again down the road!

Here are a few pics of my booth.

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New retailer in middle Tennessee carrying my book!


If you’ve ever been to Nashville, you might quickly learn there are quite a few outlying cities/towns that:

  1. Are growing in population
  2. Have amazing places to visit whether it’s food, music, or historic landmarks
  3. Are only a short drive from Nashville

One of those growing suburbs southeast of Music City is Smyrna, Tennessee; population: 39,974. I recently drove Pearl the Nissan down to Solid Rock, a great shop especially if you’re a teacher, looking for used/new textbooks, homeschooling material and/or hands-on-learning devices.

There’s also something else you’ll find there… my book! Kellye (the owner) and I became instant friends and I have a feeling if you meet her, you’ll have a new friend as well. She’s so personable and great to chat with. So after a good convo I made my way back home but left a part of me behind… the book I cherish so much. At the time of writing this there are 5 books available there, so please won’t you stop by to take a look? And at the very least be encouraged by chatting with Kellye!

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More about Solid Rock Educators’ Books & Supplies by clicking the link!


Enjoy free shipping this weekend only!

Hi there folks! I don’t know if it’s March Madness or all the peanut butter but I feel like offering up a smooth deal this weekend! I want to send you an autographed book, for only $12 which is less than you’ll find it anywhere online, plus free shipping in the U.S. That’s a sweet 16 moment if there ever was one 😉

All you need to do is send me a message here or at and we can arrange shipping and payment. On behalf of all the wonders mentioned in Big and Small, God Made Them All, and myself, and the peanut butter, of course… THANK YOU!


Big and Small: Nicaragua update


My project “Big and Small: Nicaragua” is over but I’m happy that family, friends, and friends of friends were willing to take a small leap with me. The backstory is for every 10 eBooks sold of my book Big and Small, God Made Them All, an actual physical book would be donated to Club Esperanza in Managua, Nicaragua. My friend from college lives and works down there so because of a number of eBooks being downloaded, I’ll be sending books to Nicaragua very soon.

I love coming up with projects like this that are fun for me, but also potentially impact children in a country I’ve never even been to. We all need Jesus, whether we’re millionaires, thousandaires, young, old, man, woman, kid, lonely, happy, tall, short, skinny, not so skinny, everyone. Jesus came to our world for everyone, and if my book can play a part in a child (or adult) being nudged a little more towards Him, then hey, that’s a win.

I’ll have more updates and hopefully some pictures when the books make it down there! Thanks again for being involved with my project, as my friend Andrea would say… you ROCK!


Be cool, thrift smart


Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua, book guru at the ThriftSmart near my house, so I recently swung by and dropped off a couple of my books and they’re already on display! Hey, if you’re in the south Nashville area near Nolensville Road, stop in to Thriftsmart and shop around. They have lots of great stuff for sale and while you’re there, pick up my book for under a couple bucks. One is even autographed 😉
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Take a peek inside “Big and Small” on Amazon

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recently added the “Look Inside” feature to my book and I gotta say, I love it! When you click over to it, you’ll be able to see the first few pages of the book, which will give you a good glimpse at how the rest of the book is designed and written. It will not, however, give away the ending… so pick up a copy from Amazon while you’re there! Just click here or on any of the highlighted Amazons. 🙂