Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Book--When? What? Why?--Coming Soon
As of now the book title is the same as the title of this blog, The Wandering Friar, the my publisher has let me know that titles can change in the editing process. I finished the book in the spring and Tate Publishing of Oklahoma accepted it in late May. They then explained to me the process of moving it to production. They actually began that process earlier this month and are reviewing it for grammatical errors and adjusting the format a bit. In October I will be assigned a copy editor who will suggest changes. Fortunately after returning from two weeks in Missouri preaching missions I will be free the cooperate with that process and do some re-writing and new writing. In November they will design the cover and the layout of the book with my collaboration. After that comes pre-release publicity. The book will have its own web page as well as a Facebook page. Finally in January or February the book will be released. It will be in paperback and also eventually available on Amazon.com and on the various e-readers such as Kindle. That should answer the first question as well as the third.
More important is the "What's it all about?" question. The answer to that is twofold. It tells the story of how I got my Franciscan vocation as well as how from an early age I have been a wanderer or traveler. My friends from Savin Hill, St. William's Parish and from Columbus High school will enjoy that part of the book. The bulk of the book is a collection of true stories from my life and the lives of people I have met in my ministry travels who are the Church. So often the Church is presented only from the perspective of its institutional life and often not favorably. My book shows the Church to be the People of God and the Body of Christ alive in its many-varied members from many different cultures and backgrounds. Without denying the problems that confront the Church it accentuates the positive in presenting the stories of its members.
I think that it will be an easy and enjoyable read. It would be a great asset for RCIA programs, for vocation directors as well as providing for Catholics and non-Catholics alike a positive picture of Church as Church is lived.
I hope that I have peaked your interest and that you will purchase a copy when the time comes. The book will be available in parishes where I preach missions as well as in my northwoods Wisconsin summer parishes. Likewise there will be various book signings.