I've had a sudden surge in interest today here at the Burning Hearts Revolution, because George Barna sent out an article about people's opinions and thoughts concerning whether they feel connected to Christ. I thought I'd give a quick introduction about me and my book for all our new friends.
My name is Matt Mikalatos, but I suppose you figured that out already. I live in the Portland, Oregon area, and I'm married to a gorgeous woman who has provided me with three gorgeous daughters. We go to a church called Village, just west of Portland. I just graduated from Western Seminary, and I work full time for Campus Crusade for Christ. You can follow me on twitter or friend me on facebook. No doubt there are other things you could do to me on other websites. Here is one of my favorite pictures of myself, with an eagle on my shoulder, from when my wife and I went to the election riots in Mexico. Yes, the only thing I was thinking the entire time that thing was on my shoulder was, "TAKE THE PICTURE BEFORE THIS THING SCOOPS MY EYE OUT LIKE A GRAPE!" We don't show pictures after this time until I could take the patch off. I am a passionate follower of Jesus, and like him I have a lot of friends who aren't followers of Jesus. And that's the way it should be, to my way of thinking. And now I will stop editorializing and share a couple thoughts about my book. I LOVE to speak at different events, and if you would like to invite me to speak at your event you can listen to a couple of talks I've done or schedule me for your event right here.
Imaginary Jesus is the first novel to be released by Barna, and it's a comedy theology novel. If it sounds like I just said "It's a cat that lives underwater", then you can read the first chapter here to see what I mean. It's designed to be entertaining while simultaneously exploring our misconceptions about Jesus... and how to know and interact with the real Jesus. So far I've heard from atheists as well as fundamentalists who have loved the book, and I believe you could use it to start a conversation about Jesus with pretty much anyone. Anyone who can read, that is, unless you just want to discuss the excellent cover. You can order the book here, the spectacular audio book here. You can also go to the IJ website, or ENTER A CONTEST to win a Kindle, iPod and a trip to hang out with me in Portland, OR! Since we're throwing links around like they're free or something, you may as well go check out the cool book trailer that Tyndale House put together.
About the Burning Hearts Revolution. BHR is my blog, which I put together several years ago purely to entertain myself. I pretty much write about whatever pleases me. I call the followers of the blog the BHR Minions. I don't often put a lot of my more profound thoughts or spiritual experiences on this blog, though that's something I'd like to change. But it takes me a long time to express those things adequately. In any case, please understand this is just my personal blog, which I keep updated for kicks. You can check out the Imaginary Jesus blog, which I keep updated for kicks, also, but which is more specifically focused on the content of IJ. In any case, you are very welcome here, and we're glad to have you aboard! Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments if you would like.