My new book, Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus from B&H Publishing releases today. One of the weird things about writing a book is that the author lives with the content for months and months before he or she actually starts talking about it out in the world. They are part of the whole process from start to finish – from conceptualizing a book to learning how to publish a book, they’re in their own world. And that included me! But now that we’re only a week away from the release, I’m very hopeful that the Lord will use the ideas in this book in you the same way He has used them in me. Let me share 5 things about the book with you:
1. The biggest influence for the book was the 2nd grade Sunday school class we teach.
This is the hardest environment in which I’ve ever communicated. But it’s also probably the most rewarding. It’s not very complicated, but it is difficult. And one of the main things I’ve learned is that one of the great tests of our own understanding and belief of the Bible is our ability to communicate these truths in a way that children can understand.
2. The book is all based on Jesus’ statement to His disciples about children.
Jesus told His disciples that children were very close to God’s kingdom. Closer even than they were. It seems to me, then, that we ought to be growing more and more like children as we grow closer and closer to Jesus. The book is about that process.
3. The book will (hopefully) move you toward a simpler life.
For most kids, life is pretty simple. And for most adults (me included), life is unnecessarily complicated. Becoming like a child means realizing that everything doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. In a world of complexity, this is something I like for – to know that at the end of the day, that God has told me the truth. I can trust Him. Simple as that.
4. The book will (hopefully) help you embrace your core identity.
We define ourselves in all different kinds of ways – by our occupation, by our financial standing, by our families. But down at the core, when everything else is burned away, our base identity is that of a son or daughter of God. Careers, finances, and even family may change, but this truth never will. I hope this book helps you connect more deeply with who you are in Christ.
5. You can pre-order it now (and maybe one for a friend while you’re at it).
Once upon a time I felt bad about asking people to buy my books. I don’t feel that way any more because if I didn’t think I had anything valid to say or write, then I shouldn’t be writing. So I do sincerely hope you buy the book. And if it’s helpful, I hope you get one for a friend.