Making Church Matter

5 Questions About the Book

January 30, 2013

My associate Tom and I have a book coming out and here are a few of the questions we’ve frequently received.

1. Why did you write a book?
We simply wanted to tell our story about what happened to us, what we know and what we learned when it comes to parish life. We definitely want to offer hope and help to other parishes.

2. When and where is it available?
The book can be preordered right now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It will be available on both sites beginning February 25. Additionally, we’re really excited that Barnes & Noble will be displaying the book at their “A List” stores on the East Coast. Here at Nativity we will be hosting a book launch February 23 and 24, with books sales and signing all weekend long. All profits from those sales go to the parish.

3. How long is the book?
The book turned out to be almost exactly 300 pages; there are three sections and 15 chapters.

4. What is your favorite part of the book?
Both Tom and I like the fact that we simply told our story, with some humility, honesty, and humor. We’re not trying to come off as the experts on churchworld, just two guys who, through a lot of trial and error and, eventually, some success, figured out a better way to do this (which can be helpful to others).

5. What was the hardest part?
In our experience, it was all hard. Getting started was hard, co-authoring and figuring out even how to do that was hard, getting it finished was difficult, finding a publisher was hard and heartbreaking, editing, cover design, title selection….you name it. But in the end, it was all worth it.

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  1. Our family can’t wait to read this book. We started at Nativity almost 3 years ago and heard bits and pieces of it’s story. We are so moved to attend mass here and our teen loves the Sunday evening program even though he attends Catholic school during the week. Nativity enhances our story and now we can’t wait to read more. The programs here are incredibly inspiring and we are more than intrigued to read the book and learn more about Nativity and ourselves. We look forward to sharing the book with others.

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