If you were to write a book (maybe you already have), what would it be about?
I’m the type of person who has always wanted to write a book, and I’ve had plenty of ideas on what to write about, but have never pulled the trigger and actually done it.
That’s not totally true. I’ve started a few times and then felt lost. I took it as a sign that the idea I had for a book wasn’t good enough.
This time I have an idea for a book that I think is pretty good. And yet, I’m still struggling a bit. I’m trying to figure out a schedule of when to write, what it should look like, how long it should be and what to call it.
I think I’m struggling a bit because, when it comes down to it, I feel like I’m not sure how this should work. I’m also trying to narrow the subject matter down to something reasonable, so I’m not writing an encyclopedia on the subject and end up all over the place, touching on a million subjects, but not really going anywhere with them. In a way, maybe my solution is to think about the book as a really long blog post. Or maybe a series of blog posts – maybe something like my travel posts where I break down a subject into specific parts. I do that with my theology posts too.
Well, maybe I just wrote my way through one challenge.
In case you are wondering, here’s the idea for the book:
Working title: The three challenges
very short summary: I want to write about the three challenges that the church faces in the West – being relevant, being approachable, being enjoyable. I would start by writing about why these challenges are important. I want to focus my attention on what I learned from my time in Finland (where these challenges are very real) and how it also relates to the church in the US. (they are different cultures, but have similar challenges). I have stories to illustrate these points and many, many conversations with people on their thoughts on the subject, and some ideas on what to do about these challenges. Maybe the focus is just the three challenges of the Finnish church. Maybe I try to connect that with the church in the US.
In any event, I welcome your ideas, thoughts and questions on the matter.
One last set of questions – does this book idea sound interesting? Would it be a book you’d want to pick up and read? Why or why not?