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  • Writer's pictureRyan Panzer

Book Update: We have a release date!

I learned yesterday that my publisher selected Tuesday, December 1st as the release date for "Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture." I assume my book will soon become the hot gift of the 2020 holiday shopping season!

The book is also now available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Fortress Press.

So as they say, shop now and avoid the holiday rush!

And if you'd rather not wait, anyone can download and read a sample chapter of the book on Luther Seminary's Faith+Lead platform!

It's rather humbling to see my book on these websites. While we'll have to wait a few months to share the book, we're one step closer to the culmination of years of research, writing, and lots of editing. I'm hopeful that these pages will provide some clarity and insight to church leaders navigating a new normal, in which digital culture and online expressions of church have become more important than ever.

I made one final round of light copy-edits early this morning, one of which brings me a heavy heart. My longtime friend and mentor Brent Christianson passed away in May. Brent inspired me to think about studying theology at the graduate level, and to write this book. I'll always be grateful for our conversations about God, the Packers, and Wisconsin politics - served best over an iced cold beer and fresh cheese curds. Just like you remarked after Green Bay's famed QB left to play for Minnesota - "We'll never forget you, Brent."

Pastor Brent leading a discussion at the Lutheran Campus Center in 2010

So now it's on to the "book marketing" stage. I'm looking forward to many upcoming digital conversations with church leaders on the topics covered in this book. First up - a four-part course with Luther Seminary (not too late to register!) and a free online workshop this August, featuring Dr. Michael Chan of Luther Seminary. I've also written a series of blog posts for Luther Seminary (available here).

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me through the process of writing my first book. I'm so eager to share it with you all this December!

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