In which my book has a title, a cover, and a release date

So this is real, friends.

Yesterday, I saw the final cover of my book. With my actual name on it.

Apparently, they’re really letting me do this. (Yeah, I’m surprised too.)

As of today, my book has a title, a cover, and a release date.

The Story of King Jesus will be published on March 1, 2015. Five days before my 38th birthday. A month to the day before our son turns one. Exactly two hundred days after our daughter turns four.

She’s the first of two very good reasons I have for doing this book. I wrote the first draft when she wasn’t even two years old. Back then I had no idea it would ever become a book. I just wanted something we could use to nurture her spiritual curiosity and introduce her to a more holistic gospel story, the kind of thing Scot McKnight calls for in his book The King Jesus Gospel. Something that’s more than just a set of spiritual laws. A gospel that’s not about escaping from this world but something much better: the story of God making this world right and good again.

I’m thankful I get to share the end result with you. Thankful that David C Cook is taking a chance on this first-time author (one who never thought his first real book would be a kid’s book). Thankful that a talented illustrator named Nick Lee has thrown everything he’s got into making this story come alive with his captivating artwork.

And, of course, thankful to any of you who end up buying a copy or sharing it with someone who’s wondering how to introduce their kids to their faith.

This is coming March 1.


15 thoughts on “In which my book has a title, a cover, and a release date

  1. Omigoodness! I LOVE it! I’m so excited to get the book! There is definitely a need for children’s faith books that talk about a gospel that “makes this world right and good.” (And if I really like it, I’ll have to use it in my ministry and gift it to my nieces, nephews, friend’s kids, and goddaughter… So no pressure!) 🙂


  2. That looks so cool! I can’t wait to buy this for my two daughters and my nieces as well. Thank you for writing a book that will introduce kids to the gospel in such a meaningful way. Many blessings!


  3. Stoked to read it to my son. He’s due to make his debut appearance in a few weeks.


    1. Congratulations Michael! All that running is good practice…you’re going to be chasing that kid around for the next 20 years or so. 🙂


  4. we are using your book as the center of our mission work in villages in Ecuador next month and I wondered if you have any activities/skits related that we could purchase or use? Many villages have their own dialects/languages and we will be using translators. We plan to do a skit to act out the various parts of your book. Thank you! (423) 736-9015. -Michelle Winter


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