There’s a saying in the world of sports,
“Act like you’ve been there before.”
This saying is used when teams (or players) accomplish a great feat and then proceed to CELEBRATE OUT OF THEIR MINDS! Essentially it means, “don’t go crazy in your celebration; stay calm and cool like someone who has already seen such success.”
I guess according to more uppity folk–the types of folk who might use the above saying–there is an inappropriate societal violation when newbies act excited about something, even if that THING is what they have been working their tails off to achieve.
Today, I say GOOD RIDDANCE to such niceties.
Because I have NOT been here before, and I’m going to act precisely like it!
Precisely like this…
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE INTERWEBS,
It is with great enthusiasm, excitement, elation, and jump-up-and-down-hype that I announce that my first book, “UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality,” is now available to Pre-Order!
I mean, check it out…
(Did you check it out, yet?)
Do you SEE it!
(here is where that link went, in case you ignored it)
THAT’S MY BOOK!
Out in the world. Existing as a real thing.
A REAL THING!
(Okay, maybe “existing” is technically inaccurate, since it won’t be released until September 28th. But whatever… I reject your uppity-retort. I’m celebratin’ here!)
I worked tirelessly from May of last year until January of this year to get this book out of the stores of my heart, through the intricacies of my mind, and on to the page in a genuine, authentic, and engaging way.
And I could not be more thrilled about it.
While I was writing it I kept thinking, “this is so amazing to get to finally write a book! I don’t care if anyone reads it, I’m just stoked to get to make it!” Then, during the editing stage, I had a moment where it hit me: wait a minute, I actually really like this book… I think it’s pretty damn good… Now I kind of DO want people to read it!
A much more vulnerable position, to be sure.
But also a much more honest one.
As it gets closer to the launch of UnClobber I’ll share more details about what’s inside. But for now, if you are already prepared to get your pre-order on, then I hereby encourage you to do just that!
Here’s the link one more time.
(If you’d like to shop from different stores–maybe you’re not an Amazon fan, or maybe you’re looking for a better price–then here on my UnClobber website are some links to pre-order from places like Barnes & Noble, direct from my publisher Westminster John Knox, and others).
One more time, scroll up and watch Jim Carrey.
Then picture me doing that.
Because I am.
Because I’ve never been here before, and I’m going to ENJOY it.
Soak it up.
And I invite you to dance along with me.
p.s. The second most amazing part of today? I get to finally tell you all that GLENNON FREAKING DOYLE MELTON* wrote the Foreword for UnClobber!
That’s right. The New York Times Bestselling Author of Carry On, Warrior,
The author of the no-doubt-to-also-be-NYT-Best-Selling, Love Warrior,
The creator of Momastery.com,
The founder of the nation’s most kick-ass DoGoodInTheWorld initiative, Togtherrising.org,
The amazing person with whom I shared this experience with,
And possibly one of our time’s most gifted writers and Truth Tellers.
She. That one. She said “yes” when I asked if she would write the Foreword.
How amazing is that?!?
*Since she’s already rocking the three names, I figure this fourth (and blatantly obviously self-evident) name fits right in.