Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your perspective), I just shipped off the final manuscript to Nancy Bryan, the editor at Church Publishing. It's been a fun little project as I've pulled together a bunch of Episcopal Church humor that's been burning a hole in my brain, yearning to be set free.
The result is the forthcoming Father Tim's Church Survival Guide. The book will be part of Church Publishing's spring 2015 list so you can look for it early next year.
It's a collection of vaguely irreverent (shocking, I know) short pieces with a dose of snark, plenty of references to coffee, and my generally off-kilter take on a variety of church situations as I tweak an institution that I dearly love -- that "wonderful and sacred mystery" that is the Church.
I'm telling you right now that pompous clergy, the easily offended, and the humorless will hate it. Seriously. So if that applies to you -- and if you read my blog on a semi-regular basis I can't imagine that it does -- please just walk past it when you see it on a bookshelf.
Here's a picture of the draft cover. Yes, that's a picture of me. No, I don't own a safari hat -- Photoshop does wonders in the hands of a creative designer.
And if you don't feel like reading it when it comes out, you can always wait until it's made into a major motion picture. Definitely hold your breath on that one.