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One introvert's stories about taking risks, growing relationships, and facing challenges without getting lost between faith and fear.
One introvert's stories about taking risks, growing relationships, and facing challenges without getting lost between faith and fear.
165 backers pledged $9,175 to help bring this project to life.

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Let's finish strong in these last few hours to fund the publishing of The Variable Life.

RELEVANT Magazine posted an excerpt of The Variable Life about all the expectations and pressure we bring into marriage. Read it here. If you like it, pre-order the book for yourself or someone facing the big changes of marriage and relationships.

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Exclusive offer during this campaign: Every reward includes an immediate download of the first 5 chapters, plus a download of my college band's album (which I write about in the book).

What others have said about The Variable Life:

  • This book is really, really good. I don’t say that about every book I read, either. I chatted with John Weirick about this book and what it was like to write it.” – Rachel Dawson, The Rising Blog interview
  • "Reading this book helped me see how I can grow healthy relationships without losing myself in the process." - book review by Stephanie Long, writer and editor
  • If you feel stuck, scared or insecure, this book is for you.” - Dargan Thompson, writer, editor, and former editor at RELEVANT Magazine
  • Refreshingly honest and inspiring.” - Beth Marshall, author of Grief Survivor: 28 Steps Toward Hope and Healing
  • "The Variable Life is a gift for us all...we’ll find ourselves moved from our comfy couches and into the lives of the people around us." - Nate Ray, pastor and speaker
  • "You'll be encouraged, challenged, inspired, and best of all, supported by someone who's walking the journey with you." - Ricky and Krista Ortiz, pastor and speaker, writer

Update: We're over 60% of the way with a few days left to reach the goal!

Have you:

  • pre-ordered your copy of the book?
  • shared this with someone who would enjoy it?
  • gotten the free instant downloads below?

Free Stuff From the Book

  • Read a new article I had published on RELEVANT Magazine about one of the major themes in the book: Why embrace conflict?
  • Pre-order your copy of The Variable Life and get the first 5 chapters and an album right away!
  • Listen to the radio interview about change, risky relationships, and more:

About The Variable Life book:

You know those moments when one choice could change everything? A lot of those moments sparked for me because of books—ideas that challenged my assumptions and invited me to take risks and build relationships I wouldn't have bothered with otherwise.

When you live that way—open and willing to search for what's good, true, and worth your energy—you begin to realize how powerful life's variety and complexities really are. You gain clarity and confidence in a world of choices.

Over four years ago, I started writing a book—to figure out who I was, what my relationships and faith and career were about, and to help others make progress in their lives, too.

Now, the writing is done. With your help, we can turn this manuscript into a published book, available on Amazon and everything.

I've already started paying for some of the editing and design costs, out of my personal funds. Will you join me in raising the money to complete the publishing process?

Choose a reward level to pre-order your copy of The Variable Life.

Read endorsements on johnweirick.com.

From the back cover:

On the brink of adulthood, one choice can change everything.

Who will my friends be? Which college or career will I pursue? What does God want for me? Where will I find the answers?

This is a book about wrestling through those questions. The Variable Life is a collection of stories and observations about life to help you:

  • Gain clarity about who you are and what to do
  • Understand God’s role in your life and in the world
  • Learn how to navigate conflict and survive difficult transitions
  • Develop healthy relationships
  • See why the choices you make today will influence the rest of your life
  • Live with confidence instead of being driven by fear

The Variable Life is for people who want to find their way through the maze of variables, choices, and complexities of modern life, without losing sight of God or themselves.

Read free excerpts from the book here and here.

Where the Money Goes

It turns out making a book costs a bunch of money. I need your help to pay for publishing, editing, design and layout, promoting, and getting this book into your hands and out in the world.

Here's the cost breakdown:

  • Editing: $2,500
  • Design and Layout: $2,000
  • Book Trailer and Website: $700
  • Publishing First Round of Books and Rewards: $1,500
  • Kickstarter Fees, Processing, and Taxes: $1,800
  • Total: $8,500

Kickstarter is all or nothing—you won't be charged, and books and rewards won't be sent out unless we reach the full $8,500 goal by 9am ET December 24, 2016.

Every pre-order here gets us one step closer to the finish line. Let's make it happen together.

Thank you.

  • Cinematography and color: John Carrington
  • Talent: Bridget Gregory, Darious Smith, Aron Railey, Annie Gray

 

Risks and challenges

The most essential part of writing a book is...well, the actual writing. Good news: the writing is already done. Over the past four years, I've refined the book through 7 drafts—but it's worth it. I’m working with a professional editor and a designer to put the finishing touches on it so it’s easy to read and looks great on your bookshelf. We've done the planning and test-run with printed copies to see how it comes out—we're quite pleased with it, and we think you will be, too.

Potential challenges are:
- Editing timeline: The editor I'm working with is top-notch, which means that she may need to finish up other client projects before this one. If this Kickstarter gets funded, we'll submit the book for final copyedits right away, so we can move forward with the publishing and printing ASAP.
- Publishing timeline: An Amazon-owned company puts the manuscript and book cover through an approval process. If they're busy, it may set back the printing timeline (but they've been timely with me so far).
- Printing timeline: Estimated printing and shipping to you by February 2017 (could be sooner if things go smoothly).
- Working with awesome people in web development, design, videography, and all things creative requires patience and flexibility—which is definitely worth it. I'll try to work hard and demonstrate those if you try, too. Sound good?

Every dollar you pledge goes toward getting the book to more people. I've already started putting personal funds toward this. Would you join me?

Check it out, share this with a friend, order the book, and thanks for your support.

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    Digital Pack

    Pre-order a digital copy of The Variable Life. Get the first 5 chapters right away—plus a download of an album from one of my former rock bands (which I write about in Chapter 15).

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    • eBook download before official release
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    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
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    Single Pack

    Pre-order a printed copy of The Variable Life. Get your name listed on my website as one of the people who made this book happen. Plus, download the first 5 chapters right away—as well as an album from one of my former rock bands (which I write about in Chapter 15).

    Includes:
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    • eBook download before official release
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    Signed Copy Pack

    Pre-order a printed and signed copy of The Variable Life. This gets your name printed in the book's acknowledgements and listed on my website as Bronze Level Supporter. Get your name listed on my website as one of the people who made this book happen. Plus, download the first 5 chapters right away—as well as an album from one of my former rock bands (which I write about in Chapter 15).

    Includes:
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • Hand-curated current favorites music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
    • High five if we see each other in person
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    Introvert Pack

    Quiet, but thoughtful and powerful. (You're my people.) Pre-order a printed and signed copy of The Variable Life. This gets your name printed in the book's acknowledgements and listed on my website as Silver Level Supporter. I will send you an awkward text message about something interesting I learned that day (because what introvert wants to talk on the phone?). Plus, download the first 5 chapters right away—as well as an album from one of my former rock bands (which I write about in Chapter 15).

    Includes:
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • Hand-curated introvert music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
    • Personal phone call (or awkward text messages if you prefer)
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    Super Pack

    Want to see the red ink and crappy sentences the book went through before it got published? Pre-order a printed and signed copy of The Variable Life. I'll call or text you to say thanks and chat. Also, this gets your name printed in the book's acknowledgements and listed on my website as Gold Level Supporter. Plus a cool postcard and 2 playlists, and immediate downloads of the first 5 chapters and an album from one of my former rock bands (which I write about in Chapter 15).

    Includes:
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • Page from early editor’s draft of the manuscript
    • Limited edition postcard
    • Hand-curated current favorites music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated ambient reading/writing music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
    • Personal phone call (or awkward text messages if you prefer)
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    Coffee Pack

    Cozy up with hand-roasted coffee and chill music while you read your signed copy of The Variable Life—and give one to a friend. This also gets your name printed in the book's acknowledgements and listed on my website as Platinum Level Supporter. Plus a 3-page excerpt of an early version of the manuscript, 3 postcards, and all 3 playlists. Immediate download of 5 chapters and former band's album.

    Includes:
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • 12oz bag of hand-roasted coffee beans
    • Limited edition postcard
    • Page from early editor’s draft of the manuscript
    • Hand-curated ambient reading/writing music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated introvert music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated current favorites music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
    • Personal phone call (or awkward text messages if you prefer)
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    Book Club Pack

    Getting together to talk books and drink coffee? You sound like a book club I would want to join. Pre-order this reward to get 5 printed and signed copies of The Variable Life for you and your friends, with hand-roasted coffee for everyone to enjoy. This also gets your name and your book club's name in book acknowledgements and on my website as Diamond Level Supporter. Plus 5 postcards, all 3 playlists, and a chapter full of red ink and crappy sentences from an early draft of the manuscript for you and your fellow literary-minded friends to cringe over. Immediate download of 5 chapters and former band's album.

    Includes:
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • Your book club's name printed in the book and on my website
    • 12oz bag of hand-roasted coffee beans
    • Chapter from early editor’s draft of the manuscript
    • Limited edition postcard
    • Hand-selected book from my home library, with personal note
    • Hand-curated introvert music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated current favorites music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated ambient reading/writing music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
    • Personal phone call (or awkward text messages if you prefer)
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    Extrovert Pack

    The grand social experiment: See if an introvert (me) can act like an extrovert for a 30-minute book reading and Q&A (A: Video chat; or B. In person within 30 miles of Greenville, SC; or C. In person, anywhere in US if you pay travel, food, and lodging). Everyone in attendance (up to 30 people) gets a signed book, eBook, limited edition postcard, and all 3 streaming music playlists. This also gets you 2 bags of coffee for everyone to share during the Q&A, and your name (plus 4 friends' names) printed in the book acknowledgements and on my website as Philanthropist Level Supporter. Immediate download of 5 chapters and former band's album. Wow, this makes me nervous.

    Includes:
    • 30-minute book reading + Q&A (video chat or in person with fees)
    • Printed and signed book before official release
    • eBook download before official release
    • Your name printed in the book and on my website
    • 4 friends' names printed in the book and on my website
    • 12oz bag of hand-roasted coffee beans
    • Limited edition postcard
    • Hand-curated current favorites music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated introvert music streaming playlist
    • Hand-curated ambient reading/writing music streaming playlist
    • Immediate download of first 5 chapters (PDF)
    • Immediate download of my former band's album (mp3)
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