It’s almost like the body matters.

After I finished the writing and editing process for Earthen Vesselsread two sample chapters–I wasn’t quite sure what to feel.  I had poured 16 months of my life into the project.  I was exhausted and nervous, uncertain about what I had just done.

And then, pure giddiness.

When I opened the package in the mail and held one of the first copies off the press in my hands, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  Gratitude for my wife, who put up with so much to see it through.  Gratitude for my parents and family, whose support and forgiveness has been relentless.  And gratitude for you, the loyal readers of Mere-O, for patiently and graciously giving me the luxury of your attention these seven years.

You can buy it on Kindle or listen to the audio and you’ll get the same content.  But holding it in my hands, feeling the matted cover, rubbing my fingers over the embossed titlea beautiful touch by my publisher–I realized in that moment that even if no one read it, the sweat and tears were somehow worth it.

So to say “thanks” (and yes, to get the word out) I am giving 25 signed copies away. Starting right now and lasting through next Wednesday.

To enter, tell someone about the book by email, Facebook, or Twitter. And then put a comment here.  25 people will be chosen by random to receive books.   It’s that easy.

Thank you for reading.

(PS.  Watch this space for updates on how you can help me get the word out.  Because it turns out to sell a book, I need help.)

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

59 Comments

  1. I have enjoyed what I have read so far. Hope to finish is soon and get a review up. Thanks for writing!

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  2. I’m so excited to read this book! I’d love to have a signed copy. I will probably buy one for my brother as well.

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  3. This looks really good. I got the word out on twitter and facebook. Even if I don’t get one in the giveaway, I’m gonna buy one nevertheless. Thanks for writing this!

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  4. Congratulations, Matt! What an accomplishment for you! I have e-mailed a few people about your book. I’m looking forward to getting to read it.

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  5. Enjoy Mere Othodoxy, even if I have yet to write in or comment. Some stimulatring articles in the Orthodox tradition.
    Hope I win a book :)

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  6. I am glad to have stumbled upon Matt’s blog and I look forward to reading his book! I will spread the word for you!

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  7. I pre ordered it a few months ago so its already coming =] Good Luck and I hope to enjoy it soon!

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  8. Shared on Twitter and the Facebooks!

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  9. Rebecca Smith June 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I really hope your book sells well. Just shared on Twitter, which means it’s also on my Facebook. And I don’t mind using some good old word-of-mouth marketing either.

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  10. As I work on a project that moves with this same heart for the body, I would be so honored to have a copy of your book to inspire, challenge and disrupt me (in good ways, of course.)

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  11. I’ve tweeted and posted a comment to Facebook. This is a long-overdue addition to the field of Christian spirituality. Our bodies are indeed temples, so we should really meditate on what that means and how it applies to our daily maintenance of self. Can’t wait to read this!

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  12. Getting the word out–especially to all my students! I think this is such a crucial and important topic that needs continued reflection by evangelicals (heck, by all persons), and I hope that your book becomes a launching pad for further discussion… congrats, bro

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  13. Picking this up for Kindle later. Looking forward to reading it. If it’s as good as it looks like it will be, I’m also looking forward to promoting it. :)

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  14. Tweeted and Facebooked. Will review first two chapters on my blog this week!

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  15. Highly recommended. But I’m purchasing so if I win, can I donate a book to a Catholic friend or something?

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  16. RT’d. Looking forward to reading the book!

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  17. Griffin Gulledge June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    For a long time I was so unsure about how to respond to the “You are not a body. You are a soul. You have a body” quote. Surely the body matters. The Bible speaks so much to the flesh, and yet it doesn’t matter. That doesn’t seem right. But today I still feel unsure on how to answer that question. I hope that this book will help me with that. Please pick me!

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  18. Looking forward to the read!

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  19. I tweeted your giveaway! Thanks!

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  20. Looking forward to the book!

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  21. This sounds like something I need to read!! I would love to get a signed copy.

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  22. Great book. Excited to hear that you’re a Torrey grad. Please keep up the good work. Looking forward to more of your writings!

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  23. Hi Matt – I’ve shared about your book with some friends at work. Looking forward to it!

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  24. I’ve tweeted about your growing “body” of work.

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  25. I would love a copy of this book! It seems like a great contribution.

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  26. Congrats on the book release, Matt! I tweeted about the post and giveaway. Looking forward to getting a chance to read, EV!

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  27. I tweeted the post and giveaway and look forward to the opportunity for reading the book.

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  28. Would love a copy!

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  29. Ayodele Ayodele June 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I’m very interested in your topic; thanks for writing about it. I’d love to receive a free copy! I promise to write a review on Amazon if I get one. As I studied English Lit, you can rest assured all the words will be correctly spelled.

    Ayodele Steward

    (Zwingli ’04)

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  30. Sent out the word. Look forward to the book!

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  31. Looks so very interesting – especially as a Christian artist as well as dancer. I would love to receive a free copy, but look forward to reading the sample chapters in the hope of eventually reading it in its entirety. Blessings on this project!

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  32. Very intriguing! Tweeting now…

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  33. Congratulations! What a sweet feeling that must be!

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/80857768407482369

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  34. Congrats! I hope I get the chance to read this book, sounds wonderful!

    P.S. (I facebooked :))

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  35. Hope the book provokes some serious thought among christians today. If man is an intellectual animal, we should probably remember our animal nature.

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  36. Have you read Leithart’s “Baptized Body”?

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  37. I tweeted. I am quite interested in reviewing your book for my blog, Semicolon.

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  38. I’ve been tweeting/facebook posting through the tweetable quotes as I go. Some of them have been really solid. Still trying to come up with a sensible way to get the title and your name in briefly, though: “Matthew Lee Anderson, Earthen Vessels” is just too many characters for twitter. And MLA is a style guide. :p

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  39. Hey Matt-Just retweeted your tweet.
    Congratulations!

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  40. I’m impressed. Will definitely purchase this book.

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  41. Looks fantastic, man. Can’t wait to read this one.

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  42. Hey Matt, I’d love to get a (signed) copy of your book.

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  43. I love short-ish, challenging theology books. My Earthen Vessel is currently paying me back for my new workout regimen, and I could use some scripture to fend off the temptations to flake out. I lobbed a recommendation at my running partner.

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  44. Seth's Running Partner June 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I would love to buy an ecopy of this book, but don’t have a kindle (or the ability to run the free kindle software). Any chance of putting out .mobi, epub or something with a little broader reach?

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  45. Signed copy or not, I’ll probably end up getting the Kindle version for myself =)

    Way to go Matt, this one’s sure to be a quality read!

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  46. Hey…I tweeted it out. I’ll try to tweet about it some more. It’s been cool to watch and read your journey through this…and hopefully this will lead to more. I am privileged to have had you as a teacher for a time in my life.

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  47. I retweeted one of your earlier tweets about the book.

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  48. Well done on the video! I look forward to reading the book and hope that my fb post helps (:

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  49. Tweeted a couple times, and on Facebook. Mere-O solidarity!

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  50. I’m really excited about this book. Have been thinking through this issue for about 4 years and have finally come across a resource that is biblical and readable.

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  51. Shared. Looking forward to reading it, giveaway or otherwise.

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  52. Squeaking in under the wire. I’ve been looking forward to reading this.

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  53. Jennifer Gaertner June 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I wants one! I just started reading it yesterday and your writing voice alone keeps me interested. Of course, it helps that your topic is so intriguing (and something I’ve been puzzled by for awhile. As many of us are.. whether we’re aware of it or not).

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  54. Shared it on FB. I’d love to get a signed copy of your book. You have presented such edifying ideas in Torrey context lectures, that I know I will read your book even if I don’t win. :-) But I can still try!

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  55. Rebecca Smith June 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Tweeted about your book again! I would love a signed copy as well, but will save up to get any copy I can anyway. I’m really impressed with the content of this book and am sincerely looking forward to reading it. Hope it gains accreditation!

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  56. I would very much like a copy of your book. I’m reading it and loved the chapter on tattoo. I mentioned it to another friend and got him interested because his daughter was asking him about tattoos. I would love to be able to give my friend a copy of your book. BTW I’ve tweeted about your book @ahtimsir

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  57. Okay, I think I got in under the deadline. Whether I win one or buy one, I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks.

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  58. Forwarded the book info to the purchaser at our local Christian bookshop (Helsinki, Finland). I’ve been reading a bit of Christopher West on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body but your work is a bit of an easier sell to Evangelicals.

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