Then the lights went on. She checked where they came from… and sure enough, international delivery from the U.K. Two boxes of my very own, first ever, dream come true… How to Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World.
Here’s a description:
- To tame the motley crew within: your Inner Control Freak, Liar, Brat, and Manipulator…
- To hit the W.W.J.D. target more times than you miss it…
- To form satisfying relationships and a healthy family life…
- To succeed inside so you can you succeed in the marketplace, at school, or at home…
- To rein in the creepy forces that sabotage your joy…
- To understand Jesus and the life he offers…
- To get off the legalistic treadmill of duty, guilt, and shame!
It’s time to rummage through the world of your Inner Mess. All our spiritual malfunctions spill out from a single debris-pile called the flesh. Few Christians know how to handle this raucous force within. The more we fight it, the worse we fail. You can change that today. How to Keep Your Inner Mess From Trashing Your Outer World gives new hope and fresh insight to draw on the incredible resources God has provided. In a rare blend of real-life theology and quick-witted humor, this book helps any reader find the peace and happiness God created you for.
Margi wanted to open them. I made her wait… with some references to Laura Petrie–which fans of the Dick Van Dyke show will understand. So, I raced home, and tore into the boxes. It was a surreal moment. Two boxes of “author copies.” These are the first copies sent out, and I’m supposed to use them to help promote sales. I’ll send them out to:
- Small Groups Pastors
- Media People (radio, tv, print, book reviews etc)
- Church Leaders
- Hi Profile Bloggers
- Anybody who can influence others to pick up the book.
You can help. If there is somebody you know who can influence a significant amount of people to buy the book, please let me know. I’m really asking for your help, so if you know who can help, let me know, and I’ll send them a book and some other info.
That’s how it works. I really like the look and feel of the book. I was concerned that it might feel or look odd to American readers, but nope. It’s great. I love the front and back covers, the typeface, everything. I’m really grateful to the publisher, Monarch Books, and the editor, Tony Collins.
Ordering… well, I’m still waiting to find out prices and delivery in time for Christmas. The book comes out October 1, 2008 in the UK, Europe, and Australia. It’s already on a bunch of those websites for sale.
It comes out Jan 1, 2009 in the US. It’s already on Amazon, without the cover art, for pre-order. I’m setting up sales on a site where it will sell for $14.99 ($1 above the cover price), for an autographed/inscribed copy. I’ll sell some discounted books as soon as I get my final price… so, hang in there. I’ll let you know.
A big thank you to everybody who prayed and helped and proofread this project. May God use this book to encourage and bless his church worldwide, to deliver us from domination by the Inner Mess, and to set us on a path toward the life of HIS dreams for us.
A couple of publishers are looking at another book proposal, and I should hopefully know something in a couple of weeks. Please pray. That’s a project about Other People’s Craziness, and I really believe God can use it to bring healing, courage, and comfort to lots of people. I’ll keep you posted.
(Click the picture to read the nice endorsements on the back cover, including a very kind one from Erwin Lutzer!)