Caught In Between
Last week I had the opportunity to publish my first book. It’s called Caught In Between: Thoughts and Musings On the Spiritual Life. The book is available on Amazon and I’d love for you to check it out.
This is a project I’ve been working on for a while now, and with the help of some incredible friends, it came together. The process taught me about not only about writing, but also about creativity, risk, and overcoming fear.
Caught In Between is part memoir, part practical guide. This idea came to me a while ago as I was processing what it meant to be more aware of God in my life and in my surroundings.
I started collecting stories from my life and ministry, and also from the world around me. It was the people I met, the books I read, the movies I watched, and the places I traveled to.
It came from conversations with friends and my own random musings on life as I was learning about it. The more I wrote and reflected, the more it became clear that I was on a journey of self-discovery. And the journey was just beginning.
The journey was one of looking “in” but also looking “back.” It was processing life as I understood it through the ups and downs, the highs and lows.
It was early mornings and sleepless nights.
It was cups of coffee and time with my journal.
It was long plane rides and road trips.
It was birthday parties and concerts and conversations with family and strangers.
All of these and more contributed to the pages I eventually chose to publish. The title of “Caught In Between” is something I landed on to describe a thought I was wrestling with. It was my attempt to articulate the mystery of life in this world.
Living life in between is about seeing God in the here and now; it’s embracing the tension of living in the present, but not yet coming kingdom of God.
We are in a world chock full of the awesomeness of Heaven, but also the brokenness of a world marred by sin and pain. In so many ways, this is how we live–in between the two.
The book is divided into three sections that I framed like a three-act play. Each section contains stories and insights on following Jesus and paying attention to the world around you.
I tell some of my favorite stories and also reflect on biblical lessons that have challenged me and guided me. I’ve been inspired by so many great teachers who have gone before me. You’ll hear about some of them too.
The book is also about my church. I’ve been preaching and working with students for the past ten years in an incredible church in Southeast Los Angeles called Downey First Christian Church. I write about my church and also my adventures of getting lost in our city and the great beyond of Los Angeles.
A couple of people have asked me to describe the book in a word or two, and I keep coming back to something Donald Miller wrote about in one of my all time favorite books: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years.
Donald talked about living with whimsy. I think my book has a little bit of that in it. That is to say, it’s playful and full of my own search for wonder and finding a fulfilling life.
On the one hand, it’s not a theological dissertation meant for academia. However, it’s also not a motivational book simply meant to cheer you up.
It’s about life–the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s about the things that make sense, and the things that confuse us.
It’s about laughter and celebrating, but also about pain and heartache. It explores answers to difficult questions, but also shares the honest reply that there are questions we don’t have answers to.
It’s all this and more. My hope, though, is that this book is, in some small way, about your life too. Reading through the pages, I hope you’ll discover a bit about who you are and what it means to be spiritually alive.
One final thing: the total sales from this book are going towards supporting a wonderful organization called “Tumaini International.” Every purchase will help them with their work in Kenya.
Anyway, I’d love for you to check out the book. The link to purchase the book on Amazon is right here. Please tell me what you think.
CLICK HERE to check out the book.