On April 15, 2014

So…I Wrote A Book

Well, turns out that they’re letting just about anybody write books these days, and in a little over a week, my first book How to Start a Riot will be released.

How to Start A Riot is not a manual on promoting anarchy or 7 steps to making a Molotov cocktail (although we are hoping for accidental purchases from very surprised people) it’s a book about the early moments of the Jesus movement, and more specifically the book of Acts.

Here’s what people are saying about the book so far:

From Scot Mcknight, New Testament Scholar and Author of 18 books, including The Jesus Creed and Blue Parakeet:

The only way to read and preach the Book of Acts is by telling stories shaped by its stories. The Book of Acts tells stories of God’s grace breaking in day to day in new ways in surprising ways, sometimes in ways that turned the Roman world upside down. How to Start a Riot takes us back into the 1st Century so we can turn our world upside down the Spirit through Peter and Paul did in their time. I can hear Jonathan preach in these chapters but more importantly I can hear God speaking to our world — and if we listen we’ll hear the rumblings of a riot.

From Mike Cope, a preaching friend & mentor and Director of the Pepperdine Lectureships:

“…How to Start a Riot is deeply theological, playful, and imaginative. He insists that Acts isn’t a dusty document of antiquity; rather, it’s a compelling invitation to join God in his Jesus revolution.”

From Rick Warren*:

If you only read one book this year…this is a book you could read.

From my mom:

“You better not put that story in there about me watching that Rambo movie.”

Spoiler alert: I did.

Riot_FB Badge 1The good people over at Leafwood Press are letting me to give away an advance preview with a few chapters of the book to subscribers of this blog. So on Thursday of this week, all subscribers will receive a preview of this upcoming book. If you’d like to be a part of that, you can subscribe just below this post.

I am a white, middle-class, male. I’m acutely aware of the privilege that I have been given just by being born. But the greatest privilege in my life has been the churches that I have been blessed by being a part of. From the 10 person church I grew up in, to the Hills Church in Fort Worth, and now the Highland Church in Abilene. These people have given me a story, and this book is one way I hope to give it back to them.

All proceeds from this book go to the Highland Church of Christ, and more specifically “A Restoration Movement” the vision that God has given us to serve the city and world around us.

Behind this book, there’s a whole team of people who’ve been working hard to make it better and we’d like to ask you to help us get the word out to your friends!

You can pre-order How to Start a Riot here.

*Okay that one’s not real

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  • http://beingperfectlyhuman.blogspot.com/ Eric Fry

    Is it going to be available on the Kindle?

  • http://douglasryoung.net/ Douglas Young

    Looking forward to this, Jonathan…

  • zack

    Jonathan, I’m super excited about your book coming out. I promise to buy a copy, to read it, and to post a review of it on my own blog.
    God bless you, your family, and the work y’all are doing. Grace and Peace.
    zack blaisdell

  • http://www.outoftheoverflow.com/ weswoodell

    Awesome – congrats!

  • Mike Cope

    Modesty kept you from including the part of my blurb that is about you and your preaching: “Full disclosure: Jonathan is my (and my family’s) minister. We are blessed constantly by his ability to weave together the big themes of scripture, his passion for robust discipleship, and his joy-filled gift of preaching. How to Start a Riot is deeply theological, playful, and imaginative. He insists that Acts isn’t a dusty document of antiquity; rather, it’s a compelling invitation to join God is his Jesus revolution.”

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Haha, thanks Mike. I’m not sure it was modesty as much as the desire to look modest. Thanks so much for the endorsement, I’m very grateful for you and your family!

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Thanks Wes!

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Thanks so much Zack! That means a lot!

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Thanks Douglas!

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Eric yes! I’m not sure when the Kindle version releases but it is coming!

  • http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/ Richard Beck

    Very excited my friend. I know what book I’m talking on vacation this summer.

  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Thanks so much Bro. Richard! I’ve asked Leafwood to send you a copy!

  • breakaway11

    It is available on Kindle now.