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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! :) 

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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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    UNDER THE SEA: signed book + I will call you on the phone and we can chat + I will send you signed copies of my 3 of my albums (1 of which will be going out of print this year).

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    CAPTAIN OF THE SEA: signed book + original song + liner notes thanks, + dinner with TLC (when I'm on tour in your area) and a tour-mate (so this doesn't get sketchy).

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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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