Late yesterday afternoon I sent Finding Church to my editor. I have been inside this manuscript since last August and it is always a funny feeling to send it off. Now I can’t touch it for the next two weeks and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Afterwards Sara and I began our two-week vacation by going out on the lake with my daughter Julie and her three kids to watch a beautiful sunset develop in the west and the super moon rise in the east. What a special, quiet, and awe-inspiring time.
So I woke up this morning without that book in my head for the first time in a year. I began it up here a year ago and it has been quite a journey getting all my thoughts down about Jesus’ church in one place. I know there’s still some tweaking ahead, but we are on the home stretch to finally get it out to others. I hope it will spawn a great discussion about what the church really is and how people engage her with freedom and joy.
We have not yet made a final decision on the cover, but have appreciated all the help so many of you gave us. I probably received over 400 comments and emails with opinions that were all over the map. It’s amazing how passionate people can be for their favorite idea and how anguished they can be over ones they didn’t like. It was a real study in diversity and how personal preferences are not a matter of right or wrong. And you were all at a disadvantage because you hadn’t read the book yet to even know what’s inside. We weren’t taking a poll anyway, just trying to get some feedback to help guide our thinking. We got that and more. In the end it will come down to what my artist and I both think best represents the content of this book. We’re getting close now and hopefully will announce the cover in the next week or so. It may be one of those three, or another idea we’ve been exploring of late. We never thought we could make everyone happy, and after all it’s only a book cover anyway, not an art piece for the Louvre.
Sara and I are with my father and we’re going to take a couple of weeks off to enjoy our kids, grandkids, and lots of friends and relatives that will be gathering next weekend for my mom’s celebration. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people that have shared life with this family for generations.