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When the kindness of God swallows all the darkness He brought you through to find it.
When the kindness of God swallows all the darkness He brought you through to find it.
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Kiss The Wave will be the 4th in my series of spiritual memoir / essays. If you've read any of my books, this is where the story continues.

I describe my previous books like this: 

1. Here's to Hindsight: Letters to My Former Self - "God likes you. He has a good plan for your life." 

2. Crowded Skies: Letters to Manhattan - "He does? Awesome! How do I figure that plan out?"

3. Orange Jumpsuit: Letters to the God of Freedom - "Okay, so I followed that plan, but I didn't get what I want. And now I'm angry with God about it. I don't like this plan."

Orange Jumpsuit, my last book, covered the hardest time of my life, my “dark night of the soul.” I was emotionally laid bare, God felt absent, and I couldn't seem to keep my head above water. I wrote angry. I wrote aching. 

But the years between then and now were years of restoration. God pursued me with His arms full of compassion and gentleness and generosity. I want to write a book that reflects the light He has brought into my life since that time of darkness. 

This book is a celebration. I want to tell you personal stories that I pray will bring joy, hope, and a richer intimacy to your own relationship with the God who loves you deeply, the God who is "a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).

If you and I make this Kickstarter thing happen, I will plan to write during Dec 2013 - Feb 2014, and release the book in May 2014. I can't wait to get this book into your hands! :) 

Risks and challenges

NOW: You may know this already, but the way that Kickstarter works is that we have to meet the full $8,000 in pledges, or none of the money gets drafted from anyone's accounts. So the main obstacle is reaching the entire goal by the deadline.

LATER: I need to get alone for the better part of 6-8 weeks to write this book. I write best if I seclude myself from people for large chunks of time, which is kind of sad. But in the past, this has always been a time where I've felt deeply connected to the community of believers who pray for me during this process. I hope you'll be a part of that community as well!

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    KISSING THE WAVE: signed book + original song + liner notes thanks + concert in your home (or location of your choice) when I'm on tour in your area + my entire catalog of books and CDs hand-delivered to you at the event (available in the continental US, or outside the US if travel is covered). 

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