Those of you who are book geeks will understand this. There’s something about being able to hold a physical book in your hand—flipping through the pages, savoring the new book smell, feeling the tension of the spine slowly release, sipping in the words like slow-aged scotch. Despite this age of audio books and e-books, there’s still something about the reality of an actual book with a cover and pages in your hands that just feels right.
Today is the official “release” of my book by the publisher, InterVarsity Press. And a number of people have been asking me how it feels to finally get this book released. Certainly, I’ve had a number of mixed feelings, from satisfaction and relief to nervousness and a little self-doubt.
My official answer, thus far, is that it feels like I’ve been 18 months pregnant. The manuscript has gone through so many iterations, in content and structure and even tenor. And then it sat for a while too, incubating in the publisher oven. So I guess that whatever feelings of satisfaction and nervousness I might have, makes it feels more like a birth than a release.
My unofficial (and more private) answer is that worship, the subject of this work, is one of my passions, and I care quite deeply about the heart of worshipers, both in my church and in the Church. It is my prayer that the Spirit of God can speak through the words and concepts and stories in this book, speak to the hearts of worshipers, speak His heart into ours.
An excerpt from the book is reprinted in the Summer 2018 issue of Worship Leader Magazine, and you can see it online here (page 34-35). You can also read more info and endorsements on the Book Page here. I hope that you would take the time to consider this book, and hopefully hear the voice of God speaking through it.