I have some very exciting news to share with you today…I’ve signed a deal to write two more books!
The title and cover art haven’t been finalized yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you what I’m working on, so I’ll just share what I can.
I think that most authors, after releasing their first book, can’t help but start thinking about what they might want to write next. For me, it was a no-brainer based on the clear feedback I was receiving through my blog, Facebook, email and speaking events: Parents wanted follow-up books to Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side—books that would serve as a parent’s natural next step for continued learning and conversations about apologetics, written in the same easy-to-understand style and parent-to-parent voice. Additionally, many readers wanted conversation starters to go along with the main content.
Ask and you shall receive!
I spent the summer talking to various publishers and, in September, signed a two-book deal with Baker Books. Each book will have 30 (new) conversations parents should have with their kids in the context of faith challenges from a secular world. The first book, scheduled to come out next October (2017), will have 30 conversations about God, and the second book, scheduled to come out the following October (2018), will have 30 conversations about Jesus.
The books are structured in a way that will make them a natural fit for educating in multiple settings (at home, for homeschool, in church education classes, and for small groups): Chapters are sequenced in a curriculum-oriented order (they build on one another), each of the five book sections has a teaching introduction for parents or educators, and every single chapter has a conversation guide with questions to facilitate discussion. I’ve written several chapters already, and I think you’re going to love those conversation guides!
Each book has five sections, with six chapters per section. Tentatively, the sections from book 1 (on God) are:
- The Existence of God
- Science and God
- The Nature of God
- Believing in God
- The Difference God Makes
I’m not able to share the full table of contents just yet, but (again, tentatively) here is a sample chapter from each of the above sections to give you an idea of what’s in there:
From Part 1: How much evidence do we need to be confident God exists?
From Part 2: Do science and faith contradict one another?
From Part 3: What does it mean that God is love? (I can’t wait to write this chapter—is anything more misunderstood today than what it means that God is love?)
From Part 4: Is what you believe about God simply a matter of where you grew up?
From Part 5: What is the meaning of life?
That’s about all I can share for now. I hope you are as excited as I am! If my blog is quiet for a couple of weeks here and there (like the last couple of weeks), it’s because I’m heads-down in writing this next book. It’s due to my publisher on March 1. Your prayers for clarity and focus would be appreciated.
If you have any thoughts on the new books, I’d love to hear them!