Tuesday, October 23, 2018

My Next Book


The first time I spoke with my then-soon-to-be editor at Harvest House Publishers, she asked me, "What would you love to write next?"

I fumbled and rambled in my answer. The truth was I had decided the previous week that I was done with publishing. I wasn't, at that moment, passionate about much of anything. So I told her about the book I had pitched back in 2014 as my intended follow-up to Barren among the Fruitful.

At that time--and to this day--I saw among many Christians the tendency to know what they believe but maybe not why they believe it. I think this condition is perpetuated by two things: an unwillingness or inability to read the Bible in its contexts, and an accidental elevation of religious traditions to the level of biblical Scripture.

My book would teach readers the importance of historical, literary, and cultural contexts when interpreting Scripture; encourage them to explore the text and question their traditions when the two are contradictory; and remind them that the Bible is God's complex and mysterious revelation of Himself to us. It is not to be shelved with self-help books, magic-8 balls, history and science textbooks, or even the church's sermons, hymns, confessions, or creeds.

By the time we said goodbye an hour later, I had talked myself into writing that book. There was one potential problem: the manuscript I'd outlined was heavy. Heavy topics can make boring books, and no one wants to read a boring book! Could I make the material educational, accessible, and entertaining for a postmodern, speed-obsessed, Netflix-bingeing population?

We are almost a year away from readers being able to answer that question--and your answers are the only ones that matter! As of today, the manuscript is complete. The book is about to be typeset, and the cover will be designed soon. As October 15, 2019 nears, I'll share snippets of the book, but until then here are a few chapter titles that I hope will make you curious to read more:

George Washington Was No Cherry Picker
Indiana Jones and the Buried Scripture
Seeing Cinderella’s Slipper Clearly
Only Amelia Bedelia Reads So Literally
Macbeth and the Self-fulfilling Prophecies

If you want to learn about that leather-bound, ribbon-marked, so-called book on your shelf and you enjoy myths, histories, novels, or watching Sheldon in syndication; then I think you'll find something to love in Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow: Digging through History, Literature, and Culture for Biblical Truth.

2 comments:

  1. I am so ready to see it in print. As a follower of "things traditional", it will be pleasing to my soul when reading your book, and to experience God's wonderful grace beyond any boundaries I have inadvertently established in this life.

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    1. I keep finding more and more boundaries in my faith. One falls, and another is behind it. For this book, I rewrote an entire chapter thanks to my editor who showed me a LARGE log sticking out of my own eye! ;-)

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