Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Writing Your Life’s One-Sentence Summary

If you don’t hear from me for the next few days, it’s because I’ll be in Chicago, Illinois for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  If you’re not familiar with AAR, it’s a very large gathering of academics, authors, their student followers, and wannabe academics and authors, all scurrying around to various lectures discussing obscure theological ideas, using big, strange words, and trying to sound smart and relevant.  (Just think your own insecurities on steroids.)


I’ll be there to meet publishers, and my book hook and elevator pitch for Grace Sticks: The Bumper Sticker Gospel for Restless Souls are finally ready.

The hook?

One restless soul on life’s open road discovers rear-bumper grace.

Here’s the pitch, and please don’t hesitate to tell me what you think:

“Grace Sticks” is both a spiritual memoir and theological travel guide for other “restless souls” looking for more direction, more truth, and more life.  I invite my readers to reflect on how the bumper stickers they affix to their cars or entertain at traffic lights are themselves spiritual aspirations of sorts- ones which ultimately point us in the direction of the One who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  In our journey, with bumper stickers as pit stops, readers will laugh, cry, be provoked and be inspired to look for God in the most seemingly frivolous and unlikely of places.  They’ll also discover there’s as much grace to be found in the journeying itself as in the end destination.


Believe it or not, the process of crafting a book hook and pitch was actually a helpful spiritual discipline, in that it obliged me to whittle away the non-essentials to the main point, the point being what my life up until this juncture has been really about.

You don’t have to be a writer or aspiring author to do this sort of thing.

So…what one sentence defines your life’s journey?  What would you most want to communicate to others about your life and what it has come to mean to you?  Does God make it into your sentence?  Why or why not?  Leave your sentences below! 

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