Release Date for The Evolution of Adam

Hi folks. For those 2 or 3 dozen of you who are actually following this, I was just notified by Brazos Press that The Evolution of Adam will be sent to bloggers/reviewers January 4 or 5, and that Amazon should have it “in stock” around January 23.

I received my copy last week and read it cover to cover for the first time since I sent in the manuscript a few months ago. I think it’s a really good book and every American should buy at least one copy.

I’m also pretty sure I heard that Brazos is only releasing 500 copies the first year, so you should all preorder the book immediately, if not sooner.

All kidding aside, thanks to Brazos for working so hard to get this out so quickly. Thanks, too, to many others. Here is the book’s acknowledgment page.

I am thankful for the many who have given freely of their time to read through the manuscript at its early stages and make numerous and insightful comments: Steve Bohannon, Justin Dombrowski, Brad Gregory, Rob Kashow, Daniel Kirk, Nathan Mastenjak, David Vinson, and Brandon Withrow. Others read the manuscript but asked that their names not be included here, and I understand and support that decision. I have benefited greatly from all of their comments; yet, as is always the case, the final product remains entirely my own and does not necessarily reflect their own views. I would like to thank Rob Kashow and Steve Bohannon in particular for tracking down various sources for me. Rob Kashow also proofread the final version and compiled the Scripture index. Steve Bohannon compiled the always-tricky subject index. I am deeply grateful to both for their extra work.

Many others were involved in this project, albeit indirectly. I have had many conversations over the years with scientists of uncompromising Christian faith who have either struggled mightily with how their faith and scientific work can coexist or have given up the synthetic work and grown content to trade their time between parallel universes of faith and science. I also have before my mind’s eye those Christians who are looking for constructive ways forward in the ever-present challenge of being thinking Christians in a modern world. Promptings from these communities have led me to write this book.

Further, I continue to be thankful to God for the intellectual and spiritual influences that have crossed my humble path. My seminary and doctoral work helped clarify for me the types of questions the Bible is prepared to answer. My spiritual guides—pastors, friends, coworkers—have helped me remember why we ask those questions at all. I trust that this book will honor them all, some of blessed memory.

Finally, my wife, Sue, and now-grown children, Erich, Elizabeth, and Sophie, have shown great strength over some difficult years, and I am proud of them. Each is also gifted with a highly calibrated nonsense meter, which seems to be turned on any time I become enamored of the sound of my own words. They’ve kept it real.

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  • Jon Hughes

    Thanks for the update. I’ve had it pre-ordered for about a month now and was wondering what the official date was.

  • Looking forward to this. Ordered a copy and plan to review on my blog, depending on how hectic life is when it arrives!

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  • Looks like a great read. Looking forward to it!

  • Dwight Peterson

    Sounds like it would be a good idea for all the Americans who purchase the book to by at least one for a Canadian friend, no?

    • peteenns

      Good one, Dwight.

  • Brenden Lang

    I can’t wait to read it. Do you know if it will be available through Google Books?

    • peteenns

      Hmm. Never thought to ask.

  • Already have it pre-ordered, and looking forward to reading it.

  • I think I’ll just go ahead a post a review based on what I think it will say. That worked well for Rob Bell’s critics 😉 Looking forward to spending Valentine’s Day with my wife and the new book.

  • I just checked again, and Amazon is still giving me a delivery estimate of January 9-12, but I have not yet received a shipment notification, so who (other than God) knows.

  • JenG

    Looks like it’s released in Canada – but shipping is 1-3 months! Ha!

  • Heather G

    I’ll want the kindle version – so I’m not sure that preordering does much in that case…does it? I’ll check it out.

    • Jon Hughes

      I don’t think the book will be available on Kindle as the only pre-order option on Amazon’s website is to tell the publisher “I’d like to read this on Kindle.”

      • peteenns

        It will be on kindle, though, according to Brazos, very shortly after the hardcopy release–like within a week or two.

        • Jason C

          The book arrived on my kindle earlier today.

  • Just now seeing this. Thanks for adding me in there.

  • David Clark

    Amazon sent a new estimated delivery date of Jan 13. Hopefully this is the correct date now.

    • peteenns

      Thanks for the info, David.

  • Kenny

    I managed to get the Kindle version on 9th Jan… part way into chapter 3… really enjoying it so far. It is tackling the kinds of questions that some friends and I were coming up with… i.e. starting with the fact that evolution happened (including evolution of humans) what does that mean for how we understand the bible etc?