Tell Your Story By Your Cell Phone Renewals

This afternoon I got a new Blackberry. My recent 2 year contract was about to expire and it was time for me to re-up for another 2 years. With a new re-up comes a new phone. It’s almost as exciting as the Olympics – you get a special treat every two years! 

Since I’ve been traveling more, especially abroad, I got this new Blackberry with international capabilities so I don’t have to be cut off like my recent 2 week trip to the UK. I was thinking though, it’s funny how someone these days can track milestones in their life by the phone contract they have. 2 years ago in April 2008 when I got my first ever Blackberry I thought it was too expensive and I wasn’t sure about how getting email/Facebook/(Twitter wasn’t even invented yet!) all on the phone. But I did it anyway. Boy has that worked out! And at that time I didn’t have a book, in fact, my publisher hadn’t even heard me speak yet (not until May 2008) which ended up leading to the book contract in the first place! Here we are 2 years later in March 2010, my book (which wasn’t even a glimmer in my mind at the beginning of the last phone contract) has won 5 national book awards, I’m able to spread this bridge building message all over the world through speaking, teaching and preaching, and my overall life, and the life of this Movement is totally different!

Who knows what life will be like in March 2012 when I get to re-up my contract once again? Scary and exciting…

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Jonathan

    Twitter existed in 2008!

    (via My account was created on 27 July 2007. :)

  • Andrew Marin

    Hello! Looks like it was created before 2008! Thanks.

  • Jason

    Being a “Blackberry Specialist” who works with the little jewels night after night after night….after….night….after……*sigh* I can say this to an absolute certainty…be sure you contact your carrier’s international department BEFORE you leave for your next overseas trip. I know that a lot of people I talk to get irritated that when the bought the “international phone” they weren’t informed it wouldn’t automatically work without some special setup.

    PS – as a BB Specialist, I refuse to have one! LOL ;)

  • Andrew Marin

    Love the tip…I will be sure to do this!