Weekend Reads + An Embarrassing Finish-the-Sentence-Friday

In between wrapping presents and trimming trees this weekend, consider taking a few minutes to check outmy interview with Jason Boyett. It was the interview that inspired readers to rise up and demand a Boyett/Evans book tour, complete with monkeys, music, and alligator-wrestling tournaments.

Those of you who appreciated Amy B.’s perspective in the comments following the last post should check out her thoughts on predestination at “A Chase After Wind.” I often try to tell myself that folks who embrace Calvinism are simply less compassionate than me, that they never struggle with the implications of their theology or worry about the plight of the non-elect. Well, Amy always ruins that line of reasoning for me! :-) She writes about her feeling surrounding predestination candidly and compassionately. Check it out.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that the church plant I’ve been hinting about over the past few months is officially a go! Our good friends Brian and Carrie Ward have moved back to Dayton to start The Mission—a missional faith community committed to loving God and loving people. To get an idea of the direction we are heading, check out Brian’s blog.

Now, finish the following sentence…if you dare.

The weirdest thing I did when I was in high school was…

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Finish-the-Sentence Friday: Creative Outlets

I was talking with some friends today about creative outlets and how important they are for folks like writers, students, and computer geeks—folks who spend a lot of time working with their heads rather than their hands.

When I need a break from word-working, I like to make music mixes for friends, create collages from magazine and newspaper clippings, work on my design skills in QuarkXpress, or take the camera out for an afternoon of shooting. Every now and then, when life gets particularly stressful, I tap into my inner child and break out the coloring books, crayons, and markers.

What about you?

Finish the following sentence: When I need a creative outlet, I...

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Book Title Announcement + Finish-the-Sentence-Friday: Names

Thanks to all who participated in our contest this week. It was fun reading your predictions about the title of my book.

Today I am pleased to announce that Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All The Answers Learned To Ask The Questions will be on bookshelves in June of 2010!

Yep, after a week of discussion and debate, the folks at Zondervan decided that Evolving in Monkey Townset just the right tone and provided just the right hook to beckon readers to open the book and turn to the first page. Those of you who picked Option #5—This (I Think) I Know: How to Question Everything You Believe About God And Live To Tell About It—will be pleased to know that we plan to incorporate that subtitle into the copy that appears on the back of the book.

Congratulations to Jon (of comment #11), who will receive a signed copy of Evolving in Monkey Town in June. (I’ll send you an e-mail, Jon, so you can send me your address.) That seems like a long way away, I know, but I’m told that in the publishing industry, it’s immanent.

Others who chose correctly include: Peter, BETH, Olivia, Kedric,  Stephen Southern, and an anonymous reader via my Contact page.

Thanks so much for all your interest and support.  I’m really glad that the title will be the same as the name of the blog, because this is where I really came to refine some of my ideas based on your feedback and thoughts. I feel that this book is as much YOUR project as it is mine.

So, since we’ve talked about the name of my baby, let’s talk about the names of yours! 

We’re in the midst of a bit of a baby boom here in Dayton, and I’ve really enjoyed hearing some of the beautiful names my friends have chosen for their newborns.  In fact, I’ve been inspired to update my little database of prospective baby names, which has been languishing in my computer for about four years, waiting for me to take a break from my career and start a family! (Maybe after the second book?)

It’s fascinating to see how much thought goes into each name, how important the meanings are, and how each child seems to grow into his or her name as the months and years go by.

So, in that spirit, finish one of the following sentences:

“I named my son(s)/daughter(s) [fill in the blank] because….”

or

“My favorite names are…”

or

"The most important thing about a name is…"

Have fun with it!

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Book Club + Finish-The-Sentence-Friday

I’m working on the last few chapters of my book and am poised to finish by my April 1 deadline. Hurray! I’m also obsessing over every little detail, losing a lot of sleep, and eating through 1-pound bags of animal crackers like there’s no tomorrow.  Ugh!

Since I’m a bit preoccupied, I’ve decided to forgo an official book club selection for the month of March. Instead, I’m opening the floor to any of you who would like to contribute a book review of your own.  If you’ve recently read something that you think might be of interest to this community, write a short, 500-800 word review and send it to me via the “contact” form (or via my e-mail. if you have it).

Friend of the blog Howard Pepper has written an excellent response to The Great Emergence, which will run on Monday.  Hopefully, we’ll get enough responses to run a review every Monday after that.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Note: I’ll be re-posting my billboard article this weekend because the local paper is running a letter to the editor aboout it. Hopefully, this will generate some more local responses.  

Okay, so we haven’t done this in a while—Finish one (or both) of the following sentences:  1) My biggest concern about the economic recession is..., or,  2) I’ve been most affected by the economic recession with...

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