I’m Writing a Book

WARNING: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!!!

FYI, I’m writing a book.

I’ve thought about writing a book for a long time. There are several files in my desk with book ideas, even chapter outlines. But none of them ended up being my first (Wow, that is a word of faith!) solo project.

The book is coming out of a series I have been preaching over the past few months. It has been one of the most personally impacting things I have ever taught through. I’m usually a through-the-verse-next-verse guy. But this series was more of a topical/theological study.

The subject is simple. The title serves as a metaphor and explanation of the concept. Drum roll… It is called Uneclipsing the Son. The thesis is that the glory of Jesus and our experience of the abundant life He offers can be easily eclipsed by sin and idolatry.

I’ve heard it said that there are no such things as good writers, only good editors. This is certainly proving true with this project. I am unspeakably thankful for Brian Thomasson who has the painful task of serving as my editor. I am getting chapters back from him and finding myself saying: “Yeah, that’s what I meant to say.” I’m learning the value of collaborative effort in written communication. It is amazing (embarrassing?) how wrong you can be about your own clarity. It kind of makes me wish I had an editor for all my communications who could interrupt me and say, “You know, there is a better way to say what you’re trying to say.” (I’m sure Kim and my boys would value from such.)

The book should be finished in a few weeks and out by March. Rick Kress is kindly taking a chance on me by publishing it. I will be providing updates in the coming weeks on the book and humbly ask for your prayers as I finish it. Unfortunately, nothing stops to provide extra time for writing (Oh, for a sabbatical!).

Why the shameless-self-promoting-blog-post-about-my-book? To ask you to pray for me. I’m not a good writer. I have a great editor, but I want to have the blessing of God on this project. Also, I don’t want to neglect my family as deadlines stalk me.

Thanks for considering this addition to your prayer list…

18 Comments on “I’m Writing a Book

  1. Is his name Brain or Brian, because if it’s Brain, I want him as my editor as well!

    Are you not also writing a short bio of Edwards?

    Looking forward to this Rick!

  2. Rick, it’s about time. Can’t wait to read it and will be praying. =) ~P

  3. Rick, I can honestly say I’ve never worked on a project that I’ve enjoyed as much. I’m like a kid in the sandbox with all of this Christ-glorying material! Modest as you are, you’ve been entrusted with a mighty preaching gift, brother.

  4. As a GoC/Crossroads alumni, I am most definitely looking forward to it.

    I hope it gets put into the Shepherd’s Conference book bag too =]

  5. I will pray for you and will buy it as well. Look forward to seeing you speak at the Ekklesia conference in sunny Florida.

  6. Rick, I will absolutely keep your request in my prayers. If you are writing from the passion for the Lord that is in your heart (and I cannot imagine you writing any other way), this will be a terrific, God-honoring book. I can’t wait to get a copy and read it. Thank you for the example you set for all of us! I’m also going to have to start downloading your messages on this subject and listening to them when I travel to and from work.

  7. You’re usually the guy encouraging other people to “write a book about that” it’s great to see that it’s come back to you now. Looking forward to it and praying for you. I would pay for a copy, even if it was in my Shepherd’s Conference bag!

  8. I will be praying for you!

    The Tension between being the present and The involved Father you want to be and to be writing out this book is a balance I Pray God will give you.

    This without neglecting all your other commitements!
    I pray God may give you the Discernment and Clarity in this upcoming book project.

    by the way thank you for recommending to us “Words to the winners of souls” by Horatius Bonar a few years back at a shepherds conference!

    it has been a great encouragement to my life!

  9. I listened to the first sermon you preached on this series a couple of days ago and was greatly challenged and encouraged by the message. It was definitely something I needed to hear and I am sure the book will just as helpful, if not more so, to many people. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the series and reading the book. I will be praying for you.

  10. woot! 🙂 will be praying clarity, patience, endurance…rightly dividing and all that good stuff. 🙂
    thanks rick! 🙂 is God good or what?! the johnson 5

  11. Rick Holland is finally writing a book.

    It’s about freaking time.

    Put me down for a case…I’ll be giving copies away at the next National Conference meeting of the MB Church Canada.

  12. Looking forward to read it soon! I love the title, sounds great!

    With prayer,

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