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Voices of the Virtual World

John on July 10, 2007 at 11:55 pm

voices.jpgOne of the reasons Scott and I have been struggling to keep the post count up this summer is a little project we were asked to participate in called Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution. It’s an e-book anthology of Christian writers discussing technology and the church. Some of the authors contributing chapters include: Rex Miller, Bob Hyatt, Brother Maynard, Andrew Jones, and Scott McKnight. You can see a list of all the contributors and their chapter titles here.

One of the editors of the project had read VS and asked Scott and I to contribute a chapter. Considering the company we were in, we spent quite a few hours trying to craft and polish something that would be worthy. The result was a piece called Visible Church for an Invisible World, a warning of sorts about the dangers of life on the web. Scott also added a solo effort to the book titled The P2P Church.

In addition to writing the chapters, we also recorded an audio book version of both. Scott did the actual reading, I just sat there and enjoyed his stentorian tones. He really could get a job doing books on tape.

The e-book version of the book will be available July 23rd on Lulu.com (press release here). The cost is $15 but, because this is a non-profit effort, the money goes to the Not For Sale Campaign, an effort to end slavery around the world. In addition to the e-book, an actual physical version of the book will likely be available as well. Details are forthcoming. Also an audio book version should also be available in the not too distant future. We’ll post the details when they become available.

Scott and I have signed a document promising not to publish our efforts here or anywhere else for one year. However, a couple of magazines including the Ooze will be featuring sample chapters. When they appear online we’ll be sure to link to them.

Finally, we want to say thanks to John and Len, the editors who came up with this cool project and invited us to participate. Thanks very much guys.

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