I’m in the process if going through my first book Mad Church Disease: Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic and am realizing what an important book it truly is. I wrote it in 2007, when I was twenty-seven…and that seems like ages ago. Knowing that, as I flip through the pages I see how clearly God had His hand in the words. This is not some attempt at a false modesty; God just really spoke loudly the message that needed to be communicated in that book. Somehow, I listened the best I could.
I found out in February that it was out of print – nobody from the publisher told me, nobody offered to let me buy any copies…there were none. How it happened was outside of the parameters of my contract and because of that, all the rights were reverted back to me.
At first, I was crushed. Then I realized the potential the news brought. With another seven years of life and ministry experience and after talking with literally thousands of pastors and church staff, I was encouraged and inspired to add pertinent value to the book.
The study questions and burnout assessments are getting expanded considerably. New stories are being added. As ancillary products I’m writing a devotional and creating a plan that can be customized for anyone who’s feeling burned out or on the brink.
Some of you have read it. What would be helpful for you to have included in this book?
It’s my hope to begin pre-selling it soon (if you’re on the “extra inspiration” email list on the right side of my blog, you’ll get some pre-sell discounts and free stuff…!) and I’d appreciate any feedback you have on what would help you be a healthier minister of the Gospel.