In One Month!

December 28, 2006

One month from today my book, published by Smyth & Helwys, will be out. Its title is For God's Sake, Shut Up!: Lessons for Christians on how to Speak Effectively and when to Remain Silent.

One of the greatest problems in the Christian community in America today is a general inability to effectively communicate without polarizing or driving people away. This book offers numerous insights for Christians who desire to share their beliefs in more effective ways. It draws upon lessons I have learned during my communication studies, from being a pastor, and as a communications specialist for a church organization. These principles are developed with the use of personal anecdotes and news stories to provide specific examples of what to do or what not to do when attempting to communicate. I critique many famous Christians for saying things that ultimately hurt the cause. Thus, the book’s tone is often humorous/satirical.

Of course I'm biased, but I think you will find the book to be a worthwhile read with many important issues to consider along with relevant and current examples. It is not, by the way, a collection of posts from this blog. I started this blog as I was nearing the end of the first draft of the manuscript to provide a place for me to continue to write some thoughts. While my blog posts are often quite short and at times random, the book offers longer treatments on thirteen areas related to effective communication. It will be out January 28, 2007, but is already available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble. I hope you will find this book to be insightful and useful.