A little over two years ago I started this blog. I had started writing a religious column for the local paper and I wanted to share those posts with people outside of Southeast Texas. Over time I began to add my sermons in audio form and even write more article that were only ever published on this site. Every once and a while someone would comment or like my post which was nice but it was for my own edification and sharing my understanding of the faith I hold so dear. I loved hearing from people (even people who disagreed with me); it was a good outlet for me.
In March 2013, evandolive.com got a little busier when my open letter to Victoria’s Secret went viral (to the tune of 4 million+ people). It was during this time that I had the idea for a book. I began thinking about how in all of marketing there is an element of fantasy and perfection and somewhere along the line society began to blur the two together. Don’t believe me? Try to find a Middle School aged boy who does not think that Axe Body Spray will attract the opposite sex. Why? Because this is the core of their marketing campaign. On top of that, how do people of faith respond when the image of God is being distorted to only encapsulate one body type or the so called “ideal body type”?
After working on a proposal, a detailed outline, numerous sample pages and various edits, I am happy to announce that I have entered into a contract with the Pilgrim Press, the publishing house for the United Church of Christ, to publish my first book!
I am very happy, excited, nervous and scared all at the same time.
As of now, the working title is The Distortion of the Imago Dei.
I have been busy getting my idea down on paper (via Google Drive) trying to synthesize it all.
I want to thank you for all of the support you have shown me over this past year; if my letter had not gone viral I am not sure I would be making this announcement today.
Thank you for all your support as I embark on this new journey!
Stay tuned for more updates!
OK… back to writing… I have a deadline to keep.