First off... if you're in New England or New York - I hope you'll come out to one of this week's events. I'd love to see you there!
NEW YORK, NY
Thursday, March 19, 2009; 8:00 PM
In The Flesh Reading Series @ Happy Ending (302 Broome Street, New York, NY)
Friday, March 20, 2009; 7:00 PM
Books on the Square (471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906)
NEW YORK, NY
Monday, March 23, 2009; 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble # 2255 (97 Warren St. @ Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007)
Secondly... Hey, my book is in the stores and stuff! So far, the apocalypse has not arrived. I'm very disappointed! I was hoping for volcanoes! Unfortunately, God's Christian earth has not opened up to swallow all the Jews and heathens, and I am starting to doubt if I actually am a real apostate after all. Aren't we supposed to have some kind of apostate super powers, like invisibility or radioactive Christmas Caroling or something?
Despite the depressing lack of end times, I want to say: THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who has been interested in the book and eagerly anticipated the release along with me.
I've been getting some good reviews, and that's amazing. Although, I have to admit, I don't crave good reviews as much as I just fear bad ones. When I read a nice review, I mostly breathe a sigh of relief and think: "Thank God, I narrowly escaped again!"
But it means so much to me that people have enjoyed reading the book! And in hardcover, even!
More importantly, I've gotten some beautiful emails from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses who see their own childhoods represented in the pages that I wrote. I think that if no one else read the book except for a few ex-JW's who could recognize themselves within - it would all be worth it.
So thank you for all your thoughts and emails, and thank you for reading and for enjoying. Thank you for being so supportive!
Also, some of you know that I went through a a sudden and unexpected personal trauma last September and at one point, I wasn't sure what it would mean for the book release.
Ultimately, I got through it and am stronger for it! But I have to stress that I didn't do it alone.
Just to name a few of the people who supported me and were there for me through it all: Amy Bennett, Tim Ledwith, Dave Inkpen, Danny Kischel, Dan Newbower, Erik Seims, Nassib Hamman, Alexa O'Brien, Jodi, and, of course, my awesome brother Noah. There are more, but names escape me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To those of you I haven't met yet - thank you for buying the book and for liking the book, or for at least putting the book on your shelf to be read at a later date.
It's been quite a year for me! Thanks to all the amazing people I know, I think it's gonna stay that way!
Yours in Worldliness,