Things were rolling quickly earlier this year–many key things coming together for a May 9 release of our new book Love Another Child–but we’ve decided to put the project on hold till this fall. It was a complicated and difficult to decision, so allow me to explain.
We’ve got the book completed and proofed. We cover deep topics. We envision Love Another Child as a pivotal, life-changing book for couples, validating in their minds what they know in their hearts: having and loving another child is a wonderful step in the right direction.
But we were running up against a hard deadline. Wendy and I even spent a few nights in a local hotel so we could pound out the final edits of Love Another Child in time for a spring release. We were incredibly confident we would be able to pull it off, sharing some of the great pieces on this blog, and even announcing draft releases by Mother’s Day.
We have the book complete, but we’ve gotten some rich editing advice from our editors that we cannot ignore. If you’ve read Love in the House, you’ll agree that the last few chapters are the real gems in the book. Sure, the beginning is fun to read (how we manage a household of a dozen children is interesting), but to fully grasp what we are trying to say–the heavy convictions that beat in our hearts–you’ve got to let the last few chapters settle. The profundity of love is what the book is about, and readers are persuaded that–no matter what the family size–love is what must rule.
Love in the House has made an impact on thousands of families, and that we are grateful to God for that. We want to impact millions with Love Another Child. This is much bigger, but the persuasion needs to be greater. We can’t afford to turn off the reader with the opening ideas against population control, environmentalism, etc. We take on some dicey issues. Though we end on the profundity of love, many will not make it to the zinger conclusion. We have to essentially turn the book on its head, start with love, and then move the reader through the more controversial topics that we want them to overcome.
And that takes a major overhaul, some more retreats, a lot more time. We simply do not have the time right now. We’re planning a big trip to San Diego to support Cynthia and Lydia in competing in the national homeschool debate tournament. We’re volunteering at the CHEC homeschool conference shortly thereafter. My business has camps and resources stacked up in the queue for 2010 summer release. We’re starting a forensics club here in Monument and the kids have horse camp in a month. Pulling off Love Another Child cannot happen as planned.
Please accept our apologies. We are committed to getting this project done, it just won’t happen as originally planned. There were several other reasons for delaying its release, but the editing decision is the biggest one. We have September 1 on the calendar to return to this project, with the hopeful release a few months later. Stay tuned!