Well, it is official and officially public: Chris and I just signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write the book, Slow Church. The plan right now is to write the book over the next eight months, with a release date of mid-2013.
Chris and I both have such high regard for IVP – especially its Likewise imprint, which has published some of our favorite books of the last few years, including books by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Andrew Marin, Sean Gladding, Tom Sine, Scott Bessenecker, and Mark Scandrette, among others – that we never “shopped” our proposal anywhere else. We are thrilled and humbled to be a part of this roster of writers and IVP’s rich history.
(As it happens, my first book, Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture, co-written with Jordan Green and Dan Gibson, is now being published by IVP too. Here’s why.)
More than ever, Chris and I want to use this blog as a place to test sections of our first draft, to facilitate a conversation across the miles, to learn from you, to hear your experiences, and relate a few of ours. We love to get book recommendations and other media recommendations. And get in touch with us to tell us how your church (or a church you know) is embodying facets of Slow Church. We might want to tell your story on this blog and in the book.