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Why Leonard Sweet wrote a “Forward” for my book, not a “Foreword.”

August 18, 2014

Readers have asked if I made a mistake on the cover of my book, Hand Over Fist: An Invitation to Christ-Centered Civility. The cover reads “Forward by Leonard Sweet.” Was this a misspelling?


Yes and no.


A foreword is another author’s brief introduction to someone’s work. It is the typical way of one author helping another gain notice, or of enhancing a book’s appeal. If Len did anything in a typical manner, then the typical spelling of “Foreword” would be appropriate. If there’s one thing I have learned about Leonard Sweet during my three years of study with him; nothing is typical.


If I could sum up what I’ve learned from Leonard Sweet in two words, they would be, “Look Forward.”


Len has a communication style that redirects his readers and listeners to an experience of faith that invites greater participation, encourages broader imagination, and provides deeper connection than they might ever have experienced before.


For Len Sweet, leading is bound up in redefining what it means to follow, preaching is imagined as giving blood, and the “work” of Christian discipleship is reimagined as child-like play and wonder. He challenges Christians to become expert Paradoxicalists and Jesus Semioticians. He calls followers of Jesus to trust once again the Story of Jesus as told throughout the whole of scripture – Old and New Testament, and to dig for the back story present, but overlooked in the text.


When Len hosts gatherings in his home, they are never, ever called “retreats.” They are “advances.” Every year, these advances are held to educate doctoral students in the disciplines of Semiotics and Future Studies, and to challenge doctoral graduates through his “Future Church Think-Tank.,” both of which I’ve been a part.


Everything that enters Sweet’s home has a story. Literally, everything. Every piece of furniture, from chairs, to lamps, to walking sticks, down to the Uranium-enhanced Jadite coffee mugs you use. They all have stories. A story formed in the past, but intended to inform the future, and told to move the listener forward in their thinking.

So, when Leonard Sweet agreed to write the “Foreword” for my book, I wanted to somehow communicate what his words, phrases, conversations, stories, and ministry have done for me and what I hope they will do for the reader – move them forward.


That’s why cover of my book has that small tribute to my friend and mentor, who is helping to lead so many forward to a bright and EPIC future in service to Christ and ministry to our world.


P.S. Out of concern for my friends with Type A personalities and for those who are editors, I did stick with the correct spelling of “foreword” within the book … 🙂


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How did I come up with Hand Over Fist as a book title?

August 12, 2014

The cover art and title for my book has generated quite a few questions. In this video, I talk about the inspiration behind the title and the image I hope it brings to mind.


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Hand Over Fist Q&A with Columbia Faith and Values

August 11, 2014

I had the honor of sitting down with Jenna Fear, a reporter for Columbia Faith and Values, a local news entity that covers issues of religion and faith.

Jenna had some great questions about the book. Check out her Q & A piece, then follow the links to order your copy today!

If you’re in the area, I hope to see you at the launch party in early September!!

Here is Jenna’s report!

Very First Interview For The Book!

August 1, 2014

Promotion for my new book is underway!!

Interviews, appearances, book signings, and a big launch party are all being scheduled.

But is was Columbia Faith and Values that got the scoop!

I sat down with Jenna Fear, reporter for Columbia FAVS, who asked some great questions about the the book and what I experienced while writing it. Thanks, Jenna for a great conversation!

Stay tuned for details on all the promotion festivities. However, if you just can’t wait and want to order your copy today, you can do so right here!

I hope you enjoy these first two videos in the series. I’ll post more over the next few weeks.

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