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For those who may check here regularly without the benefit of Facebook prompts, just wanted to let you know I’m taking a break from blogging this week. No, it has nothing to do with my feelings about the GOP convention (although I’m kind of glad I don’t have to comment on it). I’m taking time with family and will return on Monday.
During my sabbatical year in 2014-2015, I finally had the time to fulfill a dream—research and write about C. S. Lewis. Out of that sabbatical emerged a book-length manuscript that I hoped would find a publisher.
That hope has now come to fruition.
A Christian publisher, Wipf & Stock, has accepted my manuscript, and the probable date for publication is late summer-early autumn. My goal in this book was to shed light on how Lewis has influenced/impacted Americans. No one has written a book yet that focuses on that aspect of his life and legacy.
The last hurdle is to receive permission from the Lewis Company in England to quote from his many letters to Americans. I’m praying (and hope you will also) that the permission is granted without any major issues or objections. A speedy permission also would be nice.
Working title? C. S. Lewis in America: His Enduring Influence.
My book on Whittaker Chambers and Ronald Reagan, The Witness and the President, came out this past November. The Lewis book now makes two in one year, a feat I probably never will accomplish again.
I am grateful to Southeastern University for granting the sabbatical. I am eternally grateful to God for the opportunity to put into writing what He has placed in my heart.
I’m going on sabbatical again. No, it’s not like the one I took from teaching for a year. This is a blog sabbatical for the next month or so. I’ll be halfway across the world anyway spending time with family, so it’s just easier to take a break.
Now, of course, if anything really significant happens, and I feel compelled to write, I will do so, but until and unless that occurs, I’ll be back sometime in early January, refreshed and full of new ponderings.
May you have a blessed season that focuses on the intervention of God into human affairs in the most unprecedented way. And may your new year be a God-directed adventure.
Some of you may have noticed that I have recently allowed ads to appear on this site. I resisted for a long time because I was concerned about the nature of ads that might be inconsistent with the message of my blog. I didn’t want anything showing up that would be contrary to my Biblical worldview.
The ads that now appear are being scrutinized carefully. We are allowed to block whole types of ads that are not Christian and/or family-friendly. Most that have passed that scrutiny are either for Christian universities and other types of Christian promotions or for products that are neutral, such as ads for cars, etc. I’m also now seeing ads for Brazilian food recipes—which I trust are not offensive to anyone. 😉
A few of the wrong types have slipped in at times. For instance, one day I saw an ad promoting Scientology. I reported it and haven’t seen it since. So, I appeal for patience and understanding if something should happen to appear that seems inconsistent with a Biblical viewpoint. Please know that we are doing our best to screen all ads for appropriateness.
In all I do, I want God to be glorified.
I am taking the rest of this week off. Do enjoy your Independence Day, and remember why it is being celebrated. I will return next week.
I’ll be taking a break from Pondering Principles for the rest of this month. It doesn’t mean I’ll stop pondering; I just won’t be sharing what I’m pondering. Meanwhile, have a restful (yes, that is possible) few weeks and I’ll see you back here again on January 1, 2015. God bless.