**Update, 1/08/2016: Available on amazon.**
I remain an irregular blogger. I turned my book manuscript in August 28th, but it takes about 3 months for the book to be in print. There are various steps along the way that require patience. For example, the first step is a review of the book for things like copyright problems, libel, profanity, etc. Then there is an editorial review. Decisions have to be made about the cover design. For now, I wait. I am publishing with Westbow Press, which is considered a hybrid between self-publishing and traditional publishing. The book is self-published, but Westbow assists with the process.
Meanwhile, I’ll share a little more about my book for anyone interested out there. The title and subtitle is:
Positively Powerless, How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity
My elevator pitch (summary of book in 25 words or less) is:
Positively Powerless reveals the deceptions of the positivity movement that engulfed our culture. Break free from its chains, and be reestablished in a God-centered life.
Not sure what the “positivity movement” is? Find out in my book! It drastically altered American culture in the 20th century. Evidence of this philosophy is everywhere once you are aware of it. It can hide in plain view because it became such a natural way of thinking in our society. Unfortunately, this approach to life influenced Christianity. Yet Christianity and the positive thinking mentality stand in stark conflict to each other – in just about every way possible. The historical roots of positive thinking are presented in the first chapter and are disconcerting to say the least.
Rest assured…that being “against” positive thinking does NOT mean the alternative is negative thinking! Okay? I came across this quote from Tim Keller recently which I thought summarized a key theme of my book: the importance of biblical balance.
“Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin.
We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God.” (Tim Keller)
My 25 word elevator pitch was hard to come up with. While I am mostly satisfied with it, it could make my book sound more negative or critical than it actually is. Yes, I critique the problems with a philosophy of life that is at odds with the tenets of Christianity – but I am evasive about current ministries/authors/pastors who particularly promote the gospel of positivity. I don’t want to be seen as attacking, and I also hope to get people to think for themselves. Rather than naming names and telling people what to think about a certain ministry, I hope they will be able to apply what they have learned in my book and exercise personal discernment with any Christian material to which they expose themselves.
In addition, I think many will discover that they as individuals have been impacted unaware by the positivity movement that swept across the 20th century, and it has weakened or undermined our lives of faith as Christians. Many need to break free from hidden chains.
Well, those were some thoughts on my book, and I’ll wrap it up with 500 words. Hoping my book will be in print before the end of the year!