Fried Brain and the Jedi Book

I haven’t written a fresh blog for a few days and I can tell you why. Rather than the super short or super long version let me give you the basic version. In January I decided to finish the book I’ve been working on for a few years. It focuses on the need for deep, culture-enriching faith in a superficial age. I finished it and in June “shopped it” to seven publishers at Book Expo, a large convention for publishers. I was gratified that all seven were interested in the book I had finished, but then it gets interesting. Four were interested in a second book that I hadn’t written but thought was a cool concept.

You’ll remember my report on Jedi Christians a year ago. Young Ed Winkle and I were talking about the younger generation’s desire to go deeper in faith and I blurted outt, “It is like your generation want to be Jedi Christians and my generation failed to produce a Yoda!”He agreed and we went back to the radio studio and did a show on that theme and it totally connected. Four publishers were interested in THAT concept even though it was not yet written! They wanted two books and needed the Jedi one right away!

So after negotiations with publishers in July and August I signed a two-book deal with Jossey-Bass in late August with a deadline for the Jedi book by September 30 and I went to work on it with Julianna, the world’s best editor. What started out as a 25,000-word book (on the short side) turned into 41 chapters totaling 42,000 words (on the medium side) all churned out in 30 days! Even for a word guy like me that’s a lot of words and I confess, my brain is rather fried.

Meeting this deadline means the book, titled Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters, will come out just before the final installment of the Star Wars series, offering commentary on Jedi sayings applied to going deeper in the Christian faith.

So—forgive me for my intermittent blogging over the past weeks. I’m back and will hopefully stay steady.

By the way I think you can pre-order the book at Amazon if you’d like AND if you know of any events I should participate in to talk about the themes of this book, just shoot me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you. I feel like reading for a while instead of writing! (I wonder why?)

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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