I know I’ve been absent for a while. If you ever miss me here, you can check out my personal blog too.
However, I had to write today because I’m excited to tell you about my new book that has just released – and I’d love to ask for your help.
After four years of work and frustration and joy, my third book (Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesusâ€™ Provocative Questions) has hit the shelves. This book has been percolating for a while, even while other projects have been released. This one took some time to work its way into my soul, to find its voice. In Restless Faith, I gave space to my honest questions about faith and God. However, I was drawn to Holy Curiosity when I began to realize that I wasnâ€™t the only one with questions â€“ Jesus had a few of his own, questions he would like to ask me.
As I made my way through the Gospels, I was intrigued on multiple levels: 1) how Jesus often asked a question rather than providing an answer 2) how Jesus (God in flesh) could be truly curious â€“ not using it as a ruse or simply a teaching technique, but truly curious 3) how this curiosity speaks to our deep human need for connection, for relationship â€“ we humans simply arenâ€™t curious enough of one anotherâ€™s stories, and Jesus models for us another way.
So, I rummaged around 9 of Jesusâ€™ questions (for example: Who Condemns You?, Why Are You Afraid?, My God, Why Have You Abandoned Me?, Are You Confused?, What Do You Want?) and tried to hear them fresh, wondering what those questions would look like in my context, in my story. Where would these questions take me? How would I hear them, and what would I do with them?
Iâ€™m writing to ask for your help. This publishing thing really is all about networks and friends and grass-roots. Would you consider buying a copy from Amazon today to see if we can generate some momentum? And would you consider spreading the word if you have any friends you think might be interested? Thanks.
peace / Winn