No, we’re not having another baby. (At least, not that we know about!)
But I used to tell people that writing a book was a little like birthing a baby… until Corina shook her head at me and said, “No, Trevin. It’s not. Trust me. It’s not the same.”
I’ve decided to take her word for it.
Still, the arrival of a new book is exciting because it marks the end of a long period of work and reflection and feedback and editing.
I wrote This Is Our Time for you—for those of you who read this blog regularly and share my articles with others. And I wrote This Is Our Time for your friends, too. I wanted to serve you with a book that I would be excited to share with you, and that you would be excited to share with others.
Yesterday, I explained the meaning of the title. Below, you’ll find the gist of the book and how it gives snapshots of contemporary American culture, along with endorsements from leaders who have read the book.
But first, here’s what I’m asking you to do. Please pre-order This Is Our Time, which is available in a number of places, including LifeWay, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Books a Million, Mardel, Family Christian Stores, etc. The first books should arrive March 1. (Next week, I’m in the studio, recording the audiobook version! Be on the look-out for that.)
I’m also asking you to order two copies, not one. Please order one for yourself and one for someone that you believe will benefit from this book. You may or may not know who that person is until you read This is Our Time for yourself, and that’s fine. But I’m asking now that you order two copies to help us launch the book well, trusting that those of you who read my writing on a regular basis will know of others who would benefit from this work.
All I can say in response is Thank You.
Thank you for praying for me while I labored over these words. Thank you for reading my work online and in print, for offering feedback, and for helping sharpen my skills. Thank you for believing this book is going to be good enough to read and share. I can’t wait to hear what you all think!
THIS IS OUR TIME
Many Christians feel bombarded by the messages they hear and the trends they see in our rapidly changing world. How can we resist being conformed to the pattern of this world? What will faithfulness to Christ look like in these tumultuous times? How can we be true to the gospel in a world where myths and false visions of the world so often prevail?
In This Is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of twenty-first-century American life in order to help Christians understand the times. By analyzing our common beliefs and practices (smartphone habits, entertainment intake, and our views of shopping, sex, marriage, politics, and life’s purpose), Trevin helps us see through the myths of society to the hope of the gospel.
As faithful witnesses to Christ, Trevin writes, we must identify the longing behind society’s most cherished myths (what is good, true, beautiful), expose the lie at the heart of these myths (what is false and damaging), and show how the gospel tells a better story – one that exposes the lie but satisfies the deeper longing.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“No one combines gospel depth, keen insight, practical help and good storytelling like Trevin Wax…” – J. D. Greear, Ph.D., pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC
“…small and mighty epiphanies on nearly every page. I needed this book. The Church needs this book.” – Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas.
“…shows a path for faithful presence in the culture, with neither naïveté nor panic.” – Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“…a giant step forward in rethinking the task of faithful Christian witness…” – Jen Pollock Michel, Award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place
“…combines a masterful grasp of the biblical narrative with a perceptive exegesis of our cultural context…” – Bruce Ashford, provost at Southeastern Seminary
“… shows the timeless sufficiency of the gospel in melting the revolutionary heart…” – K. A. Ellis, Ambassador for International Christian Response and Advocate for Global Religious Freedom
“… a rare combination for a book on cultural engagement; it is both intellectually informed and a delight to read…”– Josh Chatraw Ph.D, Executive Director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement School of Divinity at Liberty University
“…Through compelling stories and smart cultural insight, Trevin unmasks the popular myths that permeate our society and church….” – Sharon Hodde Miller, author and blogger
“…both needed and timely…” – D. A. Horton, pastor of Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, CA, author, speaker, poet
“…deep understanding of our time and practical wisdom for believers…” – Karen Swallow Prior, Ph.D., author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions–The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer Abolitionist
“…a reliable guide in helping believers live as faithful witnesses in a secular age.” – Ed Stetzer, Wheaton College
“…clears the fog so we might see the myths that kill our souls to find truth that will nourish them…” –Trillia Newbell, author of Enjoy, Fear and Faith, and United.
“…aptly identifies one of the key ways myths take root in our heart: our habits…” – Richard Clark, online managing editor for Christianity Today
“…thoughtfully and compassionately portrays another path…” —Kelly Minter, Bible Teacher and Author
“… a great read, incredibly insightful in its analysis, and helpful in its wisdom…” – Dr. Daniel Akin, president Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“…wise and practical help ‘for such a time as this’…” – Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher