Friday, March 07, 2014

Where's Ralph?

There’s a story, a book that I’ve had in my heart and mind for several years now, something I simply must write—it just owns me.  But I’ve truly only dabbled with it up to now, maybe because there are many ways and many avenues for the gospel that I’m giving myself to.  I think I’m over-dabbled.  So, I can’t keep doing what I’ve been doing; I’m going to have to go sort of full submersion to write it. 

What is it?

It’s an allegorical story based upon Colossians 1:27  “…God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The setting is two or three hundred years ago in a small town when a boy, Elliot, is surprised to meet someone who changes everything—starting with him from the inside.  I’ll be writing two versions of the story:  one for adults (who will see how love on the inside conquers the fear that has twisted them in most every relationship) and one for children.  I picture a child on a mother’s lap, and together they’re reading and looking at a richly illustrated story about God:  not distant God, not God “over there,” but God now living within—God on the inside.  And together they’ll read of how happy He is to be inside, how capable and perfect He is inside, and how easy He is to find.  Imagine how good that would be for both to read together.

While writing it is a work out, I’m mostly loving it.  And God has me involved and focused in the story, which is why I need to get low profile for a time.

Writing a book and getting it published is a time-consuming and expensive effort, as you would suspect.  I ask for your prayers for me and for my family, as well as any financial contribution you’d like to make if you want to be a part of bringing this book out.  You’ll see a link at the end of this note where you can easily make a tax-deductible donation.  I would appreciate it.

So, while I won’t be entirely absent (I’m not going to vanish), I won’t be as engaged because I’m going to be deeply involved elsewhere.  And I hope my “elsewhere involvement” benefits you a lot.  Wouldn’t that be good?

Thank you.

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(This is a transcript of yesterday’s video, “Where’s Ralph?” and is for those who might rather read than watch.  To see the video, click, scroll below.)

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