LifeStory Publishing - Writing your story, establishing your legacy.
My extensive experience 
helps clients achieve success.

— A sampling of well-known people I have profiled includes: 

Frank Deford (top sports writer); Fred Barnes (managing editor, The Weekly Standard and Fox commentator); Trent Lott (then-U.S. Senator); Thad Cochran (U.S. Senator); Steve Forbes (Forbes magazine & then-presidential candidate); Alan Keyes (U.S. ambassador, cultural commentator); Cal Thomas (conservative columnist); Michael Medved (film critic and author); Frank Reich (NFL quarterback); A.C. Green (NBA star); Bill McCartney (Colorado football coach and Promise Keepers founder); Amy Grant (singer); Michael W. Smith (singer); Johnny Hart (B.C. and Wizard of Id cartoonist); Jeff Shaara (historical novelist); J. I. Packer (theologian); Carl F. H. Henry (theologian and cultural critic); John Piper (theologian/pastor); John MacArthur (pastor/author); and many others.

— Publishing/writing positions I have held include:

The Daily Journal newspaper 1988 &1989 Beat Reporter
Carol Stream, Illinois

The Daily Herald newspaper 1990 & 1991 Beat Reporter
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Christianity Today magazine 1991 to 1995 Assistant News Editor;
2000 to present Contributing Writer
Carol Stream, Illinois

World Magazine 1995 to 1999 National Editor and correspondent;
2004 to present Correspondent
Asheville, North Carolina

New Man magazine 1996 to 1998 Contributing Editor/Writer
Lake Mary, Florida

The Southern Charity Ledger 1998 to 1999 Editor
Palmer Home for Children
Columbus, Mississippi

re:generation quarterly 1996 to 2001 Editor
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Veritas Classical School 1998 Founding board member;
2000-2002 Headmaster
Jackson, Mississippi

LifeStory Publishing 2002 to present Founder and President
Jackson, Mississippi

— National publications to which I've contributed include:

The Washington Times
The Chicago Tribune
The Clarion-Ledger
Christianity Today magazine
World magazine
Philanthropy, Culture & Society
New Man magazine
Charisma magazine
Reconcilers magazine
Urban Family magazine
The Christian Reader
Current Thoughts & Trends
Stewardship Journal

— I have ghost-written books for seven clients

— Other books that I have written or published include:

  • A Courageous Cause: Modern Republicanism’s Birth in Mississippi (with Wirt A. Yerger Jr.; LifeStory Publishing)
  • Mississippi’s Kennedys: How the Irby Family Built a Worldwide Electrical Empire and Changed the Christian Face of Mississippi (LifeStory Publishing; not yet in print)
  • Amidst the Fray: My Life in Politics, Culture, and Mississippi (with William D. Mounger; Quail Ridge publisher)
  • Camp DeSoto: A History (LifeStory Publishing)
  • Sister Love: The biographical histories of the sisters of St. Dominic's Health Care System (currently being researched and written)
  • Pressing Toward the Goal: A History of Reformed University Ministries (LifeStory Publishing)
  • The Story of Gulf States Canners: How Mississippi's Coca-Cola Bottlers Created a National Model of Container Excellence (soon to be released)
  • The Enduring Community (Reformed University Press)
  • The Almanac of the Christian World (Tyndale House)
  • Talk Football (LifeStory Publishing)
  • Twister (a children's book) (LifeStory Publishing)
  • Walking with Limps (currently being shopped by agent)

— Praise for my work includes such comments about a   
     biography I wrote entitled A Courageous Cause:

Political commentator Andy Taggart:
"An extraordinary book detailing the rise of the Mississippi Republican Party during the tumultuous years of 1956-1966. Regardless of one's level of interest in politics, this book is highly recommended reading. . . . This is a book you'll want to read, and see to it that your teen-aged or college-aged children read." 

Northside Sun newspaper publisher Wyatt Emmerich: 
“Northsider Joe Maxwell, co-author, does a masterful job of illuminating the passion of the day. It is fascinating reading for those interested in politics. The book is full of new insights into Mississippi's tumultuous 1950s. It is a significant contribution to our state's history.” 

— Writing honors I have won include:

Independent Publisher’s Book Award, Honorable Mention, history
Miss. Institute of Arts and Letters’ Non-Fiction Book of the Year, nominee
Suburban Newspapers of America, First Place, coverage of breaking news
Inland Press Association, First Place, coverage of breaking news
Copley News Association, First Place, investigative reporting
Illinois Press Association, Honorable Mention, investigating reporting
Florida Magazine Association, Third Place, feature story
Evangelical Press Association, Fourth Place, reporting
Evangelical Press Association, Fifth Place, reporting
Evangelical Press Association, Award of Merit, youth writing

— Teaching and marketing experience:

• Duke University Guest Lecturer
• Wheaton College Guest Lecturer
• Belhaven University Chapel Speaker, twice
• Belhaven University 2002-Present Journalist in Residence; Adjunct Professor
• Jackson (Miss.) Academy 2010-2012 Director of Marketing; created department
• Jackson (Miss.) Academy Created and taught Interactive Media class

— Education

  • Bachelors of Arts, English & Psychology, University of Mississippi, 1985
  • Masters of Communications, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1988

— Personal

  • 56 years old
  • Married 28 years
  • Five adult children