First of all, thanks for reading. You are fifty percent of the reason Bareknuckle keeps going. If you stop reading, I stop writing—simple as that. But just recently more people have been reading this blog than ever before. Because of that fact, I’ve been writing more than ever before.
Which brings me to the point: I’d like to do something new here and I want you to be part of it. I’m going to blog a new book. That means I’ll post serial installments of it, chapter by chapter, and you’ll get to read it as I write it. Bear in mind though, that it will represent something like a second draft. You’re accustomed to reading finished manuscripts that have gone through numerous drafts, contain hard research, and survived a gauntlet of professional editors. Completed works are also written in a style different from the immediate chattiness of a blog. In other words, I’ll be coloring outside the lines a lot. But don’t worry. Sometimes a project is the most fun before the red pencils come along and leach the life right out of it.
I’ll keep the current schedule of posting three times a week (as long as there’s plenty of coffee), and each post will represent part of a chapter. I hope to start rolling out an introduction in the next few days, so stay tuned.
When it comes to writing a book, I try to be realistic. More than sixty thousand new Christian titles are published and released every year. The main category, “Christian Living,” can be painfully generic—a literal onslaught of one cute cover and title after another. Add to it the glut of electronic publishing where everybody, myself included, wants to throw author hats into the ring. The amount of literature vying for attention becomes astronomical, and people can’t read everything. As Solomon says, “Of making many books there is no end and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Eccl. 12:12). I’ll try to package some content not readily found in every two-dollar devotional.
So here it is: The book is called Hands Full of Christ: The Joys, Pains, and Rewards of Living for the Son of God. Though it’s roughly based on a church conference I once gave, this book will not be a transcription (transcription ≠ writing). Like I said, I’ll try to offer something that hasn’t already been done to death in Christian publishing. Anyway, even if it’s not new to you, I figure you can’t beat the price—free.
P.S. Yeh, that doesn’t look much like me, but I don’t plan to quit my day job for cartooning anyway. Pixar won’t return any of my calls.