Greetings friends and allies,
The book is printed!
Becoming Unbound: From Pornography to Freedom is sitting in boxes at the printer in Minnesota waiting to be shipped!!! I probably cannot accurately express in words what it feels like to write those words. But the short answer is probably equal parts “wow” and “FINALLY!” Everything else is queued up. A signed agreement with the local distributor who will be storing the books as well as working with wholesalers to get the book into bookstores and available for book signings and the like. The website content is finished and we are just a few hours of work away from completing the templates and structure of the site. It’s even up on Amazon.com! Out of stock at the moment, but hopefully not for long!
Would you consider helping get the book into the hands of men who need it? The final invoice from the printer is $2,138.12. This covers the final cost of printing the books plus shipping costs. In my earlier estimations, I forgot to include shipping, hence the higher total than the $1500 estimated last month. Many of you have graciously donated already. Thank you so much! We would not be this close without you! Please pray and ask God if He wants you to financially support Unbound on this last leg of book publishing. We deeply appreciate your prayers and support, both financial and encouragement! Unbound would not be where it is without you. Truly. So thank you again. As always, donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to Unbound Ministries, c/o Adventure Community Church, 26632 NE Stella Street, Duvall, WA, 98019.
A few days ago, I had coffee with a friend of mine. He was sharing with me some thoughts regarding a retreat he attended recently. One of the speakers, a man whom I also deeply respect, shared this thought:
“If I do not step into Christ at the start of each day, the twin thieves – regret of the past and worry of the future – lay hold of my heart and steal from me the day He had for me.”
For the last couple months, our family has been in a difficult financial position. As people ask me how things are going, I’ve come to realize that my answer to that question directly reflects where I’ve spent my time and effort that day. It seems that the best days are full of pursuing Christ, living in the present, attacking the day’s responsibilities with abandon and embracing the large story of eternity and how God wants to use me to advance His kingdom. And it seems the worst days are full of pursuing understanding about my finances, planning and scheming about how to fix them, spending a lot of time trying to think about the future and how things might end up, and generally soaking in the small story of my current circumstances.
I really identified with the phrase “lay hold of my heart” in the quote above. Isn’t that what it feels like sometimes? That something has laid hold of our hearts and won’t let go? The “thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) is trying to break into our hearts and steal our day right out from under our very noses. Trying to pick the lock of our hearts with regrets and worries. Because surely if our hearts are overflowing with those, we cannot also be filled with the peace of the Holy Spirit, can we? I know I can’t. So it is a daily battle. Choosing to pursue God on a daily basis. Choosing to pray, to battle, to fight against the thieves of past regrets and future worries. Choosing strength to find true life in Christ instead of all the false hopes that our culture offers.
So I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Webster defines merriment as gaiety and fun. Sounds like a birthday party to me! May your December be filled with merriment, peace, joy, love and lots of days filled with choosing God right from the start.