A dream has come true

Short story: I’m going to be a published author of a bound book. So if you need to go fold laundry, or get that Root Beer milkshake from Whataburger, carry on.

Long story: When  I was a kid, I started to write a book about a boy who lived in Ennis. It was a few sentences that focused on the fact I couldn’t play with my friends before I finished my homework. I wrote sparingly in it in my wide-ruled notebook. I quickly put that idea behind me and decided writing a book was for the birds, too difficult, and not worth the trouble.

Then I went to college and a man by the name of Tom Mosley who gathered a ragamuffin group of guys (and one girl – from Armenia), for this thing called “Leadership Forum.” Every Thursday, we met in the coolest, and nicest, room at Howard Payne University. We read books on Leadership, discussed and shared ideas on social issues, and laughed – a lot.

Looking back, we didn’t receive any credit for school. We had to buy our own books. We had assignments. We had service projects.

And it was totally worth it.

Looking back, I now know what Tom (aka “Mr. T”) was doing – he was discipling us in the way of Jesus. For this investment, I was forever changed… I think we’ve all been.

One particular assignment, Tom asked us to write some thoughts on leadership, culture, and the life of the Christian. Afterward, Mr. T took me to lunch and we were discussing the assignment, and how once again, I did “over-kill” on it. It was in this moment that I confessed something to him – “You’ve inspired me to write a book. I want to write a book.” Even looking back, I couldn’t believe that I was saying it when I was saying it – but I wanted to write a book, and Mr. T had ignited that dream in my heart once again.

I called Mr. T after I found out that I had signed the contract to write and shared with him the news – he laughed and yelled with excitement. We discussed that conversation together, and he remembered!

Whose publishing the book?

Seminary Hill Press

This is a relatively new publishing company which is an arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, but the vision is to become a publishing arm for both new and established authors. You can guess where I fall in.

What are the next steps? 

Once the contract was signed back in August, and I’ve been working diligently on finalizing the manuscript – which I finished earlier this month. Now it’s being edited. 

When will the book be released?

March 2017. It’ll carry the weight of the entire marketing, and editorial staff at SWBTS, that’ll come handy. But in the Fall, it should be available for purchase.

Where could I buy the book?

I’m sure it’ll be available at SWBTS, but it’ll be most available at places online like Amazon. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know.

What are you writing on?

Biblical Contextualization in Preaching. This book will focus on the dangers of “over-contextualizing” and “under-contextualizing” in our preaching and teaching. When we contextualize, which we should, we should do so following a biblical pattern.

What is the title of the book?

Text-Driven Contextualization (tentative)

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So, there it is. My dream since college was to write a book and I’m ecstatic to be in this process. Also, I’ll be soon making some changes to the ole blog but one thing at a time. Ultimately, this dream is something I’ve had since I was in college, and it may not be a big deal for you, but it’s certainly a big deal to me.