Since my book Facing Doubt: A Book for Adventist Believers ‘on the Margins’ was launched, a lot has happened. Messages from around the world, but in particular from the USA and Britain, indicate that the book has found its way to a wide array of readers, and has also caused a lot of discussion. Some (but not many) have reacted negatively, as I had expected. But I have been surprised at the many positive reactions I have received from people who have told me that they recognized themselves in the book and have found it stimulating and helpful to read it. I want to thank all who have encouraged me to pursue this project further.
The English and Dutch editions have now been available for some six months. The major hurdle that we have faced (and are still facing) is that it has (predictably) proven very difficult to get publicity through the regular Adventist media—with some notable and much appreciated exceptions. We have been fortunate in receiving good support from Adventist Today and Spectrum, but we have had to rely mostly on the social media and word-of-mouth.
It would seem that the time has come to ask you, as my blog readers, to help give the project another boost. You can do this by making others aware of the book, and by sharing the Facebook message that I just posted on my FB page. @Reinder Bruinsma. Please do so, and ask you FB friends also to share this announcement.
You may also want to look from time to time at the special FB page for the book: @Facing Doubt, or to check the reviews on the Amazon.com website.
The main distribution channel for the English edition edition is: www.amazon.com, but many other on-line booksellers in many different countries also carry the book. The Dutch edition may be ordered by sending an e-mail (with name and mailing address) to email@example.com.
We expect to launch the French edition: FACE AU DOUTE per 1 April. The main distribution channel will be www.amazon.fr.
The Russian edition is also about to appear. It will be available though a Russian on-line-bookshop. Details about the name of the website and the sales price in rubles will soon be announced.
Work on a Danish edition is progressing nicely. The plans for a German edition are now also taking definite shape. In addition, we are pursuing Czech, Norwegian and Portuguese editions. And we will promptly react when further opportunities present themselves (and as funding for the initial expenses is available.
So—once again—please help to promote this important project further. There are thousands of people ‘on the margins’ of the Adventist Church that we are eager to reach—all around the world. Let’s do what we can to tell them they are not alone in their doubts and concerns, and that there may yet be a constructive way forward for them in the church they once embraced. Thank you so much for all the help you can give in making people aware of this book that could be meaningful to many of them.