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October 2014 Update from Brian Kaylor
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Unread Books

by Brian Kaylor

As a lover of books, my office wall remains lined with volumes. Back at James Madison University, a few students pointed at the shelves and asked me if I read them all. They seemed surprised when I said "yes." I then pointed to the large, unruly stack on the floor and said those were the books I had not read yet (I wait and shelve after I read them). One time as this familiar conversation unfolded, I added that there were two books I had not read, at least in the book format. I then pointed to my two books

The student seemed surprised I had not even read my own books. I then explained how many times I read each book before it went to press. Not only did I write them, but I also read them many times. I went through numerous rounds of reading/editing while writing a book, followed by rounds of reading/editing after completing a full manuscript, followed by rounds of reading/editing with my editors, followed by rounds of reading/editing with my proofreader, followed by rounds of reading/editing to make the index and approve the final text. By the time a book heads to print, I am almost sick of it (but I'm sure you'll still love them)! So when a published book arrives, I happily look at it, take some selfies, and flip through it. But I don't read it.

I've just finished the process again. My third book heads to print this week. Copies will show up on my doorstep in a couple of months, and then at Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere (or at least somewhere). I'll share more about this next book soon. But for now, I'll mention it's about religion and politics. In particular, I focus on religious worship: how religious worship is used (and misused) in politics, and the inherent politics in religious worship. I'm excited about the cover photo and the back cover endorsements from conservative and liberal Christian activists. I hope some people will read it once it comes out, but I look forward to placing it on my shelf.
 

Highlights from September
Top Blog Posts from September
  • Ice Bucket Baptism (September 4) on the "ice bucket challenge" as a metaphor for American baptisms
  • Moving Jeff City Forward (September 16) on progress with City Council on issue of public transportation
  • Sunflowers (September 29) on faith, history, and growing sunflowers
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Reverend Brett Younger: “This book is for those who have spoken up when they should have kept quiet, kept quiet when they should have spoken up, or wished they could figure out something to say that’s not stupid.” Learn more about my first book here.

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- Donald Miller
P.S. It's October and the Royals are still playing! The 29-year playoff drought ended and the Royals won an amazing game Tuesday night. Oh, yeah!
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