Before my blog disappears altogether from the Internet – sometime in the first week of August – I am using it one last time to announce good news.
No, not that Good News (I announce that every Sunday), but still pretty good news.
I have signed a contract with Eerdmans Publishing Company for a book about the multicultural church, and I am more pleased than I can say! I am especially pleased to wear the Eerdmans label for a fourth time. I worked there when I was in college, have always had enormous respect for their book list, and I am proud to be one of their authors.
The book will be a very personal – memoir-ish, tell-all – account of my experience with the multicultural church. I am writing about my current ministry context, but I have the North American church in mind – sort of what the North American church can learn about becoming more multicultural.
If I meet my deadline, which seems likely at this point, look for the book on the fall 2016 list. But I know from experience that the publishing world is unpredictable, and the publication date could just as easily slip to spring 2017.
Either way – I know how disappointing this is! – it’s too soon to pre-order.
As for the blog, I own the domain name – dougsblog.org – so it may come back some day, perhaps as a blog about the joy of life in an assisted living facility. The current edition, still accessible as you can see, will disappear when the current contract runs out. I am so grateful for your support.
(Photo: That’s Vermeer’s “Little Street” painting, which I saw this week at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. My grandmother always had a print of it hanging in her home, perhaps as a reminder of a Dutch street from her childhood? I don’t know. I’ve been in Amsterdam all week working on the book and doing a little museum hopping. Am happy to report that I’ve made good progress on the book!)