Why I Wrote Amazed and Confused

In just a little over eight weeks, my next book, Amazed and Confused, will hit the shelves. I’ve never been this excited or this nervous about a book being released. Excited because it’s the most raw and personal book I’ve written. Nervous because…it’s the most raw and personal one I’ve written. Granted, it certainly doesn’t begin that way. The book starts with a general overview of Old Testament history and exegetical tools for reading the minor prophets. Then, it launches into a play-by-play of the book of Habakkuk.

Why did I write a book on Habakkuk? The title, Amazed and Confused, is a play off God’s exhortation to the people of Judah in Habakkuk 1:5 where He says, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!” He continued to outline a series of tragedies that were about to befall His people. Amazing? Yes. But in a way that left them completely confused. I wrote it for a few reasons:

  • When people meet Habakkuk at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I want them to be able to say, “Yes, I read your book!”
  • The minor prophets carry some of the most compelling and relevant messages for our generation, and yet they are the least read pages of our Bibles.
  • Sometimes life doesn’t go well and God doesn’t seem to play nice, but He’s given us His promises and His presence to cling to.
  • We can let what we know about our circumstances dictate how we view God’s character or we can let what we know about God’s character dictate how we view our circumstances. The book of Habakkuk helps us start with God’s character.

Look for it on March 4, 2014.

January 2, 2014 [ Tags: , , , ] 12 Comments

12 Responses to Why I Wrote Amazed and Confused

  1. Laura Crosby says:

    Looking forward to reading and sharing!! I know your passion can even make minor prophets exciting!

  2. Danielle Walker says:

    Can’t wait to read it!!

  3. Heather says:

    Thanks Laura and Danielle!

  4. Taylor says:

    Congrats, Heather! Sent this to my parents this morning. We’ll be excited to read it!

  5. Heather says:

    Thanks Taylor! You are the best! And congratulations on that Sooner win last night!

  6. Leisa Dodson says:

    This looks wonderful! Can’t wait to read it!

  7. ed schmidgall says:

    Not only want to read myself but have two friends I want to get book in their hands

  8. Deborah Short says:

    Reading only a handful of books this year; yours is making the cut. Can’t wait to read it! :)

  9. Pat Cooper says:

    Like Deborah, I’m reading just a handful of books this year, but, definitely will make this one of them. Can’t wait to read it.

  10. Pat Cooper says:

    Oh, BTW, will it be available on Kindle, too?

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