Quite a while back, I was approached by an editor at a publisher that serves the Christian faith community to write a book about why so many people these days, including Christians, seem to do such awful things sometimes. The editor was familiar with my writings on character issues and I was honored to have been approached. But for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is knowing that health concerns would necessarily preclude me from undertaking such a major writing project, I initially declined the offer. But thanks to abundance of information I’d accumulated over the years and stored on my computer, and with a lot of expert assistance from the editor and her team, we were able to put together not just another book on character but a testament to the power of genuine faith to save us from our baser selves and transform our lives. And last week, The Judas Syndrome became available for advance ordering (official publication date is Feb 1, 2013) at Amazon.com.
Initially, I was not too thrilled with the title assigned to the book. But the senior editor’s final choice was infinitely less cumbersome and wordy than the alternatives I was originally leaning toward, and admittedly, a lot catchier. And it has relevance to the core themes of the book. With a kiss, Judas betrayed his friend as well as his own lack of faith in history’s most distinctive advocate for love and righteousness. Similarly, even decent God-fearing folks and professed Christians betray their own lack of faith when they behave in irresponsible and unkindly ways toward their neighbors.
So, I beg the readers’ indulgence for this brief diversion from the series of articles I’ve been posting to announce this new and first of a kind for me book, and encourage those who might be so inclined to order it as well as review it on Amazon. The Judas Syndrome is my way of sharing some of the powerful lessons I’ve learned about the nature and power of faith. And if it touches hearts or helps others to improve their lives in any manner similar to that of my other two books, and if it enjoys anything close to the great word-of-mouth publicity they’ve enjoyed, I will indeed be once again abundantly blessed and forever grateful.