For two years, I’ve been working on a book.I’ve mentioned it occasionally. In fact, you may recall the following photo I posted of the manuscript. I submitted this ream of paper to my publisher last year:As you can see, I was, well, a little wordy.I had to cut it way down. Susan, my editor at David C. Cook, and I tossed out entire chapters in hopes of getting it to a manageable length. We sliced. We diced. We hacked away at that thing for a long time to shorten it and make it accessible to busy parents. We basically did this:We don’t want to overwhelm anyone or scare people away with a book that could be used as a door stop. It’s not been typeset yet, so we haven’t been able to weigh it or measure thickness, but hopefully it’s short enough.I’ve hit various milestones on this publishing journey—one of the biggest being the day I sent off that fat file for Susan to start picking apart.Another was when we named it. The book’s title is Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families.We hit another milestone today, when the copyeditor sent me a nearly final version that I’m supposed to review. After I address some trouble spots and resolve some confusing sections, I’ll send it back. The next time I see it, it’ll be typeset and look like a book.Speaking of looking like a book, this is the cover art:Look at that boy (he’s not my boy, in case you’re wondering).He’s loaded down and isn’t sure what to think about it.The world tempts us to load down our kids and speed up our families in all kinds of ways. Here’s a little copy we came up with to describe how the book explores the effects of the high-speed life:
Frenzied families find themselves fragmented in this high-speed, fast-paced, goal-oriented society. Even while racing to second jobs, appointments, lessons, practices, games and clubs, we crave an antidote. How do we counteract the effects of our over-committed culture? Replenish our depleted selves? Restore our rushed relationships?Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families offers hope to families struggling with hurried hearts and frantic souls. Through stories, practical ideas, insight and research, readers will discover the rejuvenating power of an unrushed life.
I’m imagining the day the book is available to future readers—it still seems kind of far away, but it’ll be here soon enough:The release date is August 1st.We still have to wait a while, but as the author of a book on slowing down, I don’t feel free to complain when things take time.I’m telling you kind of early. In fact, now you’ll have to wait, too.But I wanted you to be among the first to know.