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The book is out! http://www.mikechristie.net/book-release
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Freeing the Firefly

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What is this?

Growing up I always used to catch fireflies with my neighborhood friends. I'd grab a jar from the kitchen and some plastic wrap and go outside at dusk in hot pursuit. After I caught a few, I'd throw some grass in the jar, put the plastic wrap over the top, and place the jar by my bedside. 

But when I woke up in the morning, the fireflies would be dead. 

Because when you keep a firefly in a jar, you suffocate it. You don't give it the space it needs to live into the light and reality of what it is.

Growing up I had a pretty clear and boxed in idea of God too. I had God labeled as he and as this rather than that. God was contained so the scared could be the sacred and the secular the secular (supposedly).

But then I leaned into the reality of life. I encountered some of the complexities of the world. And I realized that by boxing in God, I had killed my ability to see just how expansive God really was. 

I had to let my God in the box die so I could learn to see God again.

And like looking at a backyard full of fireflies without the motivation of putting them into a jar, I began to see the light of God everywhere. 

In all religions. In all people. In all places.  

So this...

This book is my reflection on that process. The process of letting a version of God die so you can see the true reality of what it means for something to be Divine. 

Without the parameters of dogma or doctrine. 

But instead through the simple - yet profound - act of looking at the world in amazement and recognizing the beauty and complexity all around us. 

It's about putting down the jar, and seeing the freedom of the light.

Why do you need my money?

Great / fair question! The answer is pretty simple. Ideas are typically free. Spreading them, however, is not. 

I have had to pay an editor our of pocket and would love help with that. 

Also there's overhead cost in distribution, marketing, graphic design, isbn purchasing, and a number of other things. 

I'm asking for help with all that as a way of getting the word out and as a way of not breaking the bank so I have the ability to continue to produce work in the future. 

Risks and challenges

This is risky because this is vulnerable.

I have put a lot of my life story onto paper here. And that's a bit terrifying. But it's worth it. Because living into the truth of what I have tasted and experienced is really the only way to live an honest life. And at the end of the day, that's the goal.

There's also the risk of failure. Which is always a possibility. This thing might not get funded. But it's always worth going for it.

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    thank you email / random book chapter

    You believe in this projects and wanna see it come to life - thanks! You'll get a personal email full of my thanks along with a random pdf chapter from the book.

    You also will get a shout out in the thank you notes of the book!

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    ebook

    You get an ebook copy of Freeing the Firefly on release week!

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    You can write a review in the book!* Which means you get an advanced copy. And you get all the other cool stuff.

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    the firefly

    The guiding light. You get all the goodies (four books) and a personal thank you card from me. All I can say is thank you for believing in this.

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