No, I haven’t forgotten about my various books projects.
In case you are wondering, here is my progress on some of the books I am currently working on:
I am finished writing the book. It just needs to get published.
Sadly, I am a few years away from getting the whole thing out… It turned out to be over 100,000 words, and so the editing and typesetting process is taking me much longer than anticipated. Besides, a lot of the material needs to be reworked and reworded, and some of the points need to be explained and defended in better (or more gracious) ways.
I am half-way through writing my Commentary on Jonah. I am almost all the way through chapter two, and am thrilled at some of the things I am discovering. However, it looks like this will be a big volume also. I am sitting at about 50,000 words on this book already as well, and I am only half way through…
The reason I stopped is because I encountered several issues in the book which I thought deserved more attention and study… and one of them turned into a brand new book project….
This is my current project at the top of my writing pile. It is the reason I took a break from the Commentary on Jonah. Some of the issues in Jonah are the reason I started studying the violent portrayals of God in Scripture in the first place, and why I am going to have to revise some of what I have already written in the commentary. I needed a better explanation for the storm that came upon the sailors and the message that Job preaches to Nineveh than the explanation I was given in Bible college and seminary.
So once I am done with When God Pled Guilty, I will (hopefully) finish the Commentary on Jonah. Although, now that I say this…. there is a five-volume project I have wanted to tackle for about ten years now, and have recently felt my mind being pulled in that direction… Aargh!
Other Book Projects
Aside from these three book projects, I have four or five other manuscripts in various stages of development. Sigh. So much to write…
I never understand when some writers talk about writer’s block! My only writer’s block is that my entire life is too short a block of time to write everything I want.
Along with these books projects of my own, I did finally get things going on my publishing company, Redeeming Press. We currently have two authors we are working with to get their books out, and I am in conversations with half a dozen more. I love the idea of helping people get published, but at the same time, it keeps me from doing my own writing and publishing. Oh well, I knew that was part of the cost…
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