I’ve always loved roller coasters. My favorite car is the first one. From that perspective you see nothing but track and blue sky when you reach the highest summit. I’ve ridden with white knuckles gripping the security bar. I’ve ridden with hands held high and eyes closed.
On August first I had no idea I was climbing onto a thirty-day roller coaster ride. Never in my life have I experienced anything like the ups and downs of a Kickstarter campaign. It’s exciting and fun and scary and tiring and energizing.
I read before the campaign launched not to expect much sleep. And to expect emotional highs and lows. But I had no idea the roller coaster would go so high and fall so fast only to go up again.
I climbed on this roller coaster because I knew when the ride was over, The Jesus Story would be printed and shipped. And the story of Jesus would be read in a format unique in the history of the church. And the Lord’s words, “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly,” (John 10:10) would be read and experienced in a fresh way. This because reading the story of Jesus like a novel would allow people to see all of Jesus from four different perspectives, rather than from the viewpoint of one author. Reading his story this way has transformed my relationship with him and my life. And I climbed aboard this ride so you too could know him like this.
Photo by Patrick McGarvey