This week I wrote the last words to my new novel about Pastor Butch Gregory and sent it to a couple of folks to proofread and also to a friend for his opinion. The most important reader, Mrs. Greenbean, already read it and said she loved it. So, to me it is already a success. After these folks get finished and I make any corrections to continuity or plausibility, I”ll have to find a publisher!
Now, though, I’m going to take a month or two off of writing before I start my next book and catch up on all my reading that I’ve been pushing to the side. “Let’s see, what have I got here in the pile,” he thought to himself as he rummaged around the large stack of hardbacks, paperbacks, and magazines lying on the floor of his study.
Oops. My bad. Its hard to get away from 3rd person writing. Anyway, what is stacked on my floor?
1. A couple of Wayne Cordeiro books. The Irresistible Church and The Divine Mentor. Those will be great. I love Wayne.
2. Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage. A friend gave that to me for Christmas. I like Keller; and I forgive him for being a Calvinist. Notice how much he looks like Captain Picard. I do.
3. Launch by Nelson Searcy. Searcy is such a self promoting hack, but his books are always insightful. I got that book to help me think through our Silverdale church plant.
4. Oooh, I’ve got Dr. No, Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, sitting right over there. I might read that one first. I’ve made it a project to read through all the original Bond novels. So far I’ve been very surprised at how different Bond is in print as opposed to on film. Its not quite the same.
5. Viral Churches. Some book from the denomination. Looks infectious. By the way, why do so many church books use medical terminology, and usually yucky terminology. Why would anyone, on the face of it, want a church that was viral? I blame Bill Hybels. He started it by telling all of us should be contagious Christians.
He coughed as he wondered if he might not be getting a fever; and then he thought about how much he admired Hybels. If only he had hair that nice, maybe he too would have a large ministry.
Sorry, there goes that pesky 3rd person again. Now, back to the list.
6. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1. A friend gave me that as a gift. It looks delicious; but it is so big that it intimidates me. I haven’t had the gumption to start it yet. It feels like the kind of thing that, if I started today, I might get finished by 2015.
7. Oh, over there is the Biblical Archaeology Magazine I started last week. I take a lot of magazines including Newsweek, National Geographic, and Christianity Today; but above them all BAR is my favorite. Hands down.