During the 17 years I’ve been working on And God Said, “Billy!” I’ve written and published many books, including the NY Times bestseller Keeping Faith and my memoir Crazy For God. But I could never let Billy! go. Now Billy! is almost out. It will be published by Sept 15. Here is the first of 12 clips of me reading from it. I’ll be posting one NEW clip a day.
Advance praise for AND GOD SAID, “BILLY!”
“I love this novel. AND GOD SAID, “BILLY!” is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It’s downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be – let’s just say something close to miraculous.” — Brian D. McLaren (author/speaker/blogger)
“And God Said, ‘Billy!’ is honest, very funny and very serious. It’s sure to rankle those who believe that being human means being certain.” — Kevin Miller (director of Hellbound?)
Here’s a summary of my new novel, and work of humor: And God Said, “Billy!” is a darkly comic coming-of-age story. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make “God’s movie.” But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this “It’s a deal not a movie” picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry’s anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his “worldly movie” will be “used by God” as a “stepping stone” to making his own divinely sanctioned “End Times” picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and more but he finds a strange kind of peace in a most unexpected place…
Pub Date Sept 15 in print and on ALL electronic media… Kindle etc., etc…