And So It Begins…(And So Does the Fear)

This morning at 10:00 am we pulled our heavy-laden Sienna mini-van out of Skagit Valley for the last time in a long time.

Last night, at our going away party, several people praised our “courage” and “faith.” At the time, I shrugged it off because it didn’t feel like faith, just going on an adventure we believe God has called us to. But now, as reality sets in, the worry begins. How will my family handle this nomadic life? Will I make enough money? Will I get more speaking tours?

It is far easier to have faith about a distant event than a current reality.

Yet I know that God is faithful. He did not lead us this far to abandon us. Now is when the real work of faith begins, when we put our feet to it.

So pray for us. We are enjoying the trip, but we need your prayers. We are grateful for your partnership.

To the glory of God and the joy of the saints!


Our Upcoming “Great Adventure”

When I first talked to my publisher about Radically Normal, I asked him how it might do. He first warned me that most books don’t sell that many copies, but said, “With God’s help, this book has the potential to do really, really well.”

Of course everyone wants to be successful, but for Marilyn and I, this is far bigger than winning the book writer’s version of the lottery. We believe that millions of Christians live under the fear that they can’t please God in their regular, everyday life, and that God is going to use this message to set them free.

After a lot of prayer, we believe God is calling us to “bet the farm” – put our house up for sale and prepare for a year-long trip around the U.S., speaking at churches, schools, and bookstores. Our hope is to build a grassroots excitement that spreads into something much bigger. As crazy (dare I say “radical”?) as this plan sounds, it feels like God is leading us into a great adventure.

Can God use a fortune cookie for confirmation?


Now I want to ask you – do you want to be a part of this adventure? I can’t promise that all this will make Radically Normal into a bestseller, but it just might. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could say “I helped!”?

Our biggest need isn’t financial but places to speak, sell the book, and stay. Think through some of the connections you have – do you know of some organization that may really enjoy Radically Normal? If you can connect me with them I’ll take care of the rest. And if they invite me to speak, I’d love to send you an autographed copy, thanking you for your part in this adventure.

We hope to arrive at our first stop (Portland, OR) the first week of October, so time is of the essence. If you have any ideas, please contact me at Thank you for your prayers and support!

To the glory of God and the joy of the saints!