Yes, It’s Out

InterVarsity Press has advised me that my new book, Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism, has been released. Released, I say, like a roaring lion of righteousness and a flock of peaceful doves. (Oh, dear. I hope the peaceful doves have taken flight before the roaring lion…never mind. I’m no poet.)

Partners in ChristAnyhow, the book is out, and readers should be warned: IT ISN’T A BRAND-NEW BOOK. Instead, it is a thorough rewriting plus a significant expansion plus a tactical retitling of my previous book, “Finally Feminist” (Baker Academic).

This earlier book, I am gratified to report, seems to have done lots of individuals and churches some good in wrestling with gender questions. Its efficacy was trammelled, alas, with an accurate-but-off-putting title. Yes, I kept hearing that “the f-word” was keeping people from giving it to their pastors/elders/deacons/fathers/husbands, but also to many of their daughters. So what began as a proposal to retitle the thing grew into a new-ish book…that was then published by a different press. (Don’t ask.)

So thanks to Baker Academic for putting out the first version, and thanks to IVP for putting out this new one. I thus call it my “eight-and-a-halfth” book, and I hope you’ll give it a look…and give it to anyone you know who (and this is the target audience) would like to treat women and men equally, in home, church, and society, but cannot yet see how to do so in the light of what the Bible has traditionally been understood to teach.

Connecting with Millennials et alia

I need to crowdsource this concern via my blog, and I’ll likely advertise it on FB and Twitter, too.

(Why, yes, there is a little irony there, not least because I really am going to do all that in just a minute.)

I’d like to know how a writer such as I can best communicate with my target audiences aged 18-35…you know, the people I’ve been teaching for 30 years…if I want to say something to them/you longer than 140 characters, or a Facebook update, or a blog post.

Heretofore (to use the lingo of precisely no contemporary communicator), I have resorted to writing books, with certain gratifying results. But if I have something less-than-book-length to say, I customarily have put it into an article in a relevant journal.

Alas, even smart, well-educated young people are, I am told by various smart, well-educated young people, no longer reading magazines. They do all such reading on-line.

What then, I ask, about longer pieces, so-called “long-form journalism”? Does anyone really sit at his desktop, hunch over her laptop, or thumb endlessly down his/her phone to read a piece of 2000, 3000, or 4000 words?

“Not likely,” comes the sardonic response.

But is that so? And if it is, what ought I to be doing (differently) to connect with such audiences when I have something more complicated and substantial?

Again, I’m not asking how I compete for attention with the Kardashians or the local sports team or the latest disaster. (Come to think of it, the Kardashians often qualify as “the latest disaster,” but I digress….) I’m asking how I can connect with the same people who tell me they follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my weblog or enjoy my speaking or read my books.

Crowd: Tell me, please.