A Closer Walk
September 10, 2013
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This will be my 303rd post since I began blogging 15 months ago. I believe it’s time to reflect on why I am doing this and where I’m going with it.
My original intentions were threefold:
1) to be a witness of the old Anabaptist faith in an era when the Christian faith no longer has much credibility in the marketplace of ideas;
2) to discipline myself to write on a regular basis;
3) to find my writing voice, that is to experiment until I can find a simple, clear way of setting forth truth claims without sounding like a bombastic know-it-all.
Perhaps I should admit that my intentions were fourfold. From the beginning it has been in the back of my mind that some of the material presented here might some day find its way into a book. I believe that I am now at the place where I can contemplate doing that. The posts on this blog have appeared in their raw state, with little time spent on revising and editing. They are going to need considerable revision and editing to get them to a form that I would be willing to send forth in a more permanent form. The book will not appear this year, but hopefully sometime next year.
The working title of the book is the same as the title of this post: A Closer Walk. At different times in my Christian life I have been deeply touched by the song Just a Closer Walk With Thee. “I am weak, but Thou art strong” is a theme that I want to guide me in this endeavour and in all my life.
As I look at the publishing business today, it seems that it would be best to first publish the book as an eBook. For those who do not have an ereader, nor any intention of purchasing one, Adobe Digital Editions can be downloaded for free and enables you to read books in epub format. This is the industry standard for ebooks, except for Amazon. For those who have a Kindle ereader, you may have to wait for the print version. Perhaps I would be cutting off my nose to spite my face, but I don’t think I will publish in Kindle format; I don’t much care for Amazon’s attempts to monopolize the book business.
En tout cas, I want to invite you to help me develop this book idea. Comment on my posts, criticize them if they need criticism, tell your friends about them if you feel there is something worthwhile to be found in them.