You guys, I wrote a book.
Today we feed off of six-second Vine clips, 140 character Tweets, and Facebook and Instagram videos that automatically start playing without us clicking anything. We use memes and gifs to get our point across as quickly as possible. In a modern world with the attention span of a puppy, I’m saying, “Here, read 70,000 words.” Oy vey.
Writers have a special amount of bravery when you think about it. We put blood, sweat and tears into a work that possibly no one will ever read. All this time and effort spent on a chance. A risk. A romantic endeavor. It’s pretty stupid.
So why did I write a book?
I felt like I was supposed to. I’d been writing blog posts for a while, but I felt challenged by God to try something bigger. Writing this book has been a great experience for me, and has helped me get my heart onto paper.
So what is the book about?
I believe there has been a line placed between the church and the rest of the world. Both sides have drawn the dividing line, and they don’t like when people cross it.
Coming from my church background, I have noticed religion has a way of separating itself from the outside world. But Jesus went on both sides of the line. He taught in the synagogue, and he ate with the town scum. He flipped over tables in the House of God, and he showed mercy to the sick and needy. He engaged people in conversation and asked a lot of questions.
I feel like my life has become a balancing act between the two sides. This dividing line is a tightrope I’m walking on, wondering which side I’ll fall onto each day. But maybe I’m not the only one who feels caught in a religious love triangle.
My book, now titled Church on a Wire, is a memoir and introspective look at Christian culture and the rest of the world it seems to disconnect from so easily. Maybe we can find peace between a church that fears the world and a world that misunderstands the church.
If you’ve enjoyed my blogs over the years, then I think you’ll like the book. If you haven’t liked my blogs, then you can still get it and use it to get a bonfire going.
So what can I do?
We’ve got a little ways to go still in the editing process, and hopefully it’ll get picked up by a publisher. If you have any publishing connectings, let me know!
As for now, you can sign up for my no commitment book pre-order list below if you’d like to be notified when it comes out and how you can get it. You’re not signing up to get spammed by me, and you’re also not committing to actually buying the book.