You can read the first of the three big announcements here. This is number two:
I am very excited to announce that I have a new book releasing the first week of December 2013! It is a 150 page academic ebook published in a partnership between Patheos Press and Bondfire Books. It will be available on all ereader outlets–Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Google Reader and any others you might own and read from.
The ebook will be called…
Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square
Here is a brief description…
How does a pluralistic country like the United States find a medium of civic engagement that advances society through its most high profile arenas—religion and politics—in a way that inherently gives dignity and worth to a variety competing, even opposing, worldviews?
On any given topic each of the opposing worldviews argue for their baseline moral, social and ethical frameworks, and coinciding policies, to be the dominant lens which culture views, governs and engages itself and others. The battle for ethics, policy and who gets to dictate cultural normalcy produces the fertile ground for the culture wars that this recent generation has only ever known. Yet the polarizing disintegration of peaceful and productive engagement no longer has to be viewed as “normal.”
Our Last Option sets a path forward for a new generation of people tired of the broken system handed to them; providing answers to the problems that are tearing Western societies apart. In tangible ways, this short ebook will explore a new model of civic engagement, Composite Engagement Model (CEM), articulating the merits of its four key principles as this generation’s most effective model of building bridges between opposing worldviews. CEM has been tested the past three years through Andrew’s work with the United Nations, as well as over the past decade through his internationally recognized peace-building organization, The Marin Foundation. Now for the first time CEM will be explored academically.
Our Last Option will use the LGBT and conservative disconnect to generalize CEM’s principles to a variety of other hotly contested disconnects within contemporary society. This ebook will hold its readers accountable to live within a different standard of cultural, political and religious engagement—one that begins to shift the dynamics of the tired systems that caused these culture wars in the first place.
I wrote this ebook because over the past two years, in particular, I have received literally thousands of emails, tweets, Facebook messages and phone calls from people all over the world wanting a single resource that only focuses on exploring the framework of civic engagement and building bridges between opposing worldviews that I have used from Boystown to the United Nations. The sole purpose of Our Last Option is just that, and nothing more.
I am very excited to put this work into the public sphere. My hope is that Our Last Option compels people, organizations and broader institutions to work towards a more peaceful and productive world that not just lives in the reality of our current existence, but starts to thrive in the best of what humanity can be.
I look forward to keeping you updated as more details abound.
Also, if you have not already seen this, The Marin Foundation’s Associate Director Michael Kimpan, will be releasing his first book in 2014, with InterVarsity Press.