Tomorrow, my latest book, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Thoughts On Following Jesus, Amish Romance, the Daniel Plan, the Tebow Effect, and the Odds Of Finding Your Soul Mate officially releases.
As most of you probably know, I’ve had the privilege of publishing two books through traditional publishers (man, talk about a pretentious sentence!). I’m really grateful for all the people I’ve met and all the neat opportunities that have come through working with traditional publishers.
However, in recent years I’ve made the conscious decision to move away from traditional publishing and into indie publishing. Most people think this is a relatively stupid idea. Or, they associate indie publishing with terrible authors who can’t get published by traditional publishing companies. But there really is a method to my madness. There are some very specific and concrete reasons I prefer indie publishing to traditional publishing.
Shortly after I preached one recent Sunday, I saw an earnest-looking man angling toward me. His brow showed that he was a friendly fellow with a serious question. He had bounced, he told me, from the Reformed tradition to the Holiness tradition and back again. Why, he asked, do Reformed churches love doctrine more than holiness and Holiness churches love holiness more than doctrine? Should we not love both equally? I had to admire both his perspective and his manner. What a blessed contrast to Christians who seem to think they can preserve the valid insights of their tradition by hurling labels at the other camp. And we know the labels in this case: the Reformed are charged with “dead orthodoxy” and Holiness devotees are “legalists.”
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Yesterday, I shared a great big list of Kindle deals. Here are a few more new ones:
- The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Thoughts On Following Jesus, Amish Romance, the Daniel Plan, the Tebow Effect, and the Odds Of Finding Your Soul Mate by Stephen Altrogge—99¢
- How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell—$1.99*
- The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor—$5.99
- Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation by Brian Vickers—$1.99*
- The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ by Bruce Ware—$1.99*
*Unless they’re not, of course (sometimes deals are available for Americans only).
There’s something to be said for online enthusiasm for worship services. Would that we be more enthusiastic about gathering with God’s people and hearing from God’s Word! We go to worship with a sense of expectation and anticipation, yes. We attend church services expecting to hear from God, prayerfully open to whatever changes He might make in our lives.
But let’s face it. Not every message, every song, every service will be spectacular.
Brothers, we are not hype-machines.
HT: David Murray