A long time ago I announced that I was writing a book.  I am still writing that book.  Over the last two years, I have learned more about patience than I’ve ever cared to, as I have taken baby steps to putting it in print. The process, I’ve found, takes five times as long for first time authors than it does for everyone else.

The next baby step comes this weekend with my first major presentation of my ideas to high schoolers.  While the only thing that people agree upon when talking about romance is that there is lots of confusion, I hope to cut through the chatter and offer a “new” (it’s old, really!) approach to the entire issue.

Beyond Romance” is what we’re calling it, and though we’ve put it together on a small budget, we’re hoping for big things from it.  Your prayer, should you feel prompted, would be appreciated for me as I prepare and speak this weekend.

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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.


  1. You’ll be in our prayers. I hope you finish your book in time for me to give it to my daughter (she’s 15 months ;) ). Seriously though, I’d love to see some of what you’re presenting here on the blog too. I’m sure you’ll do a great job.


  2. Brant,

    You’re too kind. Below is the text of an email I sent out regarding how the event went. Thought you (and others!) might be interested in reading it. Right now, I am holding off on putting my ideas on Mere O, though I do have plans to do so (or something similar) in the near future. : )

    Friends and family,

    It gives me great joy to tell you that by all accounts, the seminar was extremely successful. There were 72 students, and with the size of the room it was a perfect number. The students asked excellent questions, which showed that they were thinking, and not only that we had a blast.

    Thank you for your prayers for me and my wife during this time. I, for one, felt the Holy Spirit’s presence as I was speaking. A few details for what I mean:

    1) When two really good friends asked me on Friday what I was concerned about, I told them that I was most concerned about establishing a sense of connection with the audience. Numerous (like probably 20 out of 60!) feedback forms said that one of the things I did well was establish a connection with the audience (many of them said that exactly).
    2) When I woke up Saturday morning, I felt extremely sad. I don’t really know why, but I couldn’t shake it until 5 minutes before the seminar started. As I started speaking, my heart and face felt lighter and the jokes started coming.
    3) I’m still learning how to prepare for these sorts of events. I had an outline, scrapped it as I was giving my first talk, and then watched as a structure emerged from what I was saying. A number of students said they thought that my presentation was very well organized. If only they knew. : )

    In all, I am so thankful for your prayers and support. I really, really could not have done it without them. That much was evident to me. I am so thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness to His promises, and for His kindness to me and my wife.

    Your continued prayers for us would be appreciated, as we are exploring the possibility of having another seminar in the Los Angeles area (this one was south of LA) before the school year is over. : )


  3. Glad to hear it went well :)

    Keep me posted.


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