He* had gone to an unhealthy doctrinal place, and now was asking for five or six books to help him get "started clawing my way back to doctrinal health and sanity." I asked what specific areas were needed, and he replied, "Salvation and all its elements for a start...grace, atonement, sanctification, etc."
So I started searching my internal bibliography for some examples... and then stopped, and chuckled. I wrote back,
My book! I'm chuckling, but seriously, that's exactly what [The World-tilting Gospel] is about! But unfortunately, it won't be on the book racks (as they say) until August.And then I came up with some titles, like Knowing God, for starters.
On which (previous) note: Kregel just received my list of possible endorsers, some extraordinarily gracious men (and [cue Darth Vader voice] a sister) who agreed to sacrifice the time to peruse the tome. Scary. Humbling. I'm not joking: some of these folks have, I am sure, very literally read the finest Christian works in the English language (and others) — and now my humble little effort will be in their hands. Gulp.
- "Nice try! Really... nice!" (Dr. Heinrich Borfmann, Bogotron Seminary)
- "Moments of true semi-adequacy!" (Edie Contralto, Cupboard-Keepers Ministries)
- "We had such hopes for little Danny. And now, this. Oh dear. Well, at least he's not in prison. ...He's not, is he?" (Verna Fleebner, Glenoaks Elementary School [retired])
- "Ambitious, but... well, ambitious!" (Pastor Eulie Lapidary, Church of Holy Perpetuity)
- "Brings to mind the greats. Longingly. By way of contrast." (Varf Konkelman, talk show host)
- "This one part was terrific!" (Bob Fernbern, mechanic)
*I'll probably post on this stylistic note sometime, but I'm going to try to draw back from using conventions such as (s)he when I mean to speak generically. No force on earth can compel me to use "they" as a neuter. That leaves me with the classic, standard generic "he." So unless sex matters, when I speak namelessly of someone (as here), "he" means a person, without specifying his or her... agh! — his sex.