My first book, Analog Church, is set to release in 2019 (InterVarsity Press). It's about the the challenges and opportunities churches face in the digital age, offering a new and hopeful way forward.
I'll be posting updates from time to time on the progress of the book, ideas I'm wrestling with, and other bits and pieces having to do with the book here, up until release.
August 9, 2018
Back to writing today. Working on this book has been an arduous but life-giving experience so far. Here’s a little excerpt from the end of one of the early chapters. It gives you a very small glimpse of what I’m trying to do with this book. Above all else, I hope and pray it’s helpful. Cheers!
July 19, 2018
Sherry Turkle is an author, researcher and world renowned social psychologist at MIT. Her work has been a part of the bedrock of my content for Analog Church. This quote is from her book Reclaiming Conversation:
Indeed, when young people say, "Our texts are fine," they miss something important. What feels fine is that in the moment, so many of their moments are enhanced by digital reminders that they are wanted, a part of things. A day online has many of these "moments of more." But as digital connection becomes an even larger part of their day, they risk ending up with lives of less.
This incapsulates much of my thinking for the chapters I'm writing on how the digital age is affecting the loss of real community within the context of our churches. I can't recommend Turkle's work enough. It's sobering, profound and even, dare I say it, prophetic.
June 14, 2018
It's official! My first foray into the world of publishing has been eye-opening, to say the least. The journey from ideas and concepts to putting together a book proposal to the many conversations with publishers was both thrilling and nerve-racking.
For the past six months, I've had countless conversations with a handful of publishers. The uncertainty was difficult to deal with, as it always is. But in the end, I'm so grateful to each person who gave me the time of day and I was equally encouraged by the publisher who said no as I was by the ones who said yes.
In the end, I landed with a wonderful team at InterVarsity Press. It's humbling to be partnering with a publishing house I've respected from afar for so long, whose books have had significant impact on me personally over the years.
And now, time to write write write...