Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My book, Imaginary Jesus, will be published by Barna Books!

I've just accepted an offer from the fine people at Tyndale and Barna Books for them to publish my book, Imaginary Jesus. Many effusive thanks to Wes Yoder, my agent at Ambassador Literary, without whom this would not have happened. And especially to God and the Real Jesus who has been throwing His weight around to make all this happen.

Here's the sort of thing you might read on the back of the book one day a long time from now (taken from my book proposal):

Sitting in a coffee shop with Jesus, Matt Mikalatos realizes that the pleasant, robed man across the table is not the real Jesus at all. During Matt’s attempt to destroy the imposter and find the real Jesus, Imaginary Jesus escapes. Now the Lamb is on the lam and Matt is on a quest to find the living, breathing Christ. With the help of the apostle Peter, a talking donkey and the mysterious Motorcycle Guy, he chases Jesus across the city of Portland, determined to exorcise his imaginary friend. A fast-paced, hilarious book, Imaginary Jesus explores what it means to be in relationship with a physically absent but relationally present Jesus.

As you can imagine, I am thrilled by the opportunities this represents and the chance to influence and entertain people with this book. I'll keep you updated as I have more information that I'm allowed to share....

P.S. People are already asking whether this means Krista and I will leave staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. Not at all! We have no plans to leave CCC. Krista and I will continue to need your financial support for our ministry. The primary benefits of this book being published are not financial, but rather a chance to see our ministry influence expanded.


  1. congrats! I accepted an offer yesterday too, but not to publish a book though.

  2. Paul Mayer8:23 AM

    How cool! Can't wait to read it...well, at least begin reading it. Then I will place it on a stack of dusty, half-read bedside books that I vow to finish one day.
    I hope it has a good first half.

  3. Cindy Kahre10:28 AM

    Fantastic! Sounds like something I will love. I am really looking forward to reading this adventure! Can I get a signed copy for my mom as well?
    Cindy Kahre

  4. "All proceeds from the book will go to Campus Crusade, ... The primary benefits of this book being published are not financial, but rather a chance to see our ministry influence expanded."

    Dude that's what the author of the Book of Hebrews said and that chick who write 'Footprints in the Sand'! Where did that get them? Congrats you have embraced the gift of obscurity my friend.... But then again the character has the same name as you so... Oh well you still have the gift of poverty and your daughters better gain college scholarships, elope and not need orthodontics.

  5. Nice. Now go celebrate with a 3 mile jog.

  6. so exciting! i have really been looking forward to reading it!

  7. Congratulations friends! May God continue using you, Krista and the kids to have a bigger impact to expand God´s kingdom.

  8. I just noticed that you're "following" your own blog. Interesting.

  9. That is great news and so nice to read about it at 7:29 in the morning.

  10. Glennis8:34 PM

    Wow! How fabulous :-) Congratulations, I can't wait to get my copy.