Mountains have been a big theme for me recently. In the spring I was given a book to read about climbing Mount Everest called The Summit. Upon completing that book I googled a documentary about the same topic – the obstacles that have to be overcome in order to accomplish such a feat. This month, my parents celebrated their 50th anniversary by taking the family on an Alaskan cruise. Among many of the beautiful sites we took in was the awe-inspiring Denali, the largest summit in North America.
The theme of mountains is a timely one because another mountain I have been scaling for quite sometime now is Mount Sinai. Not only did I literally attempt to climb Sinai back in 2008 (and was not successful, by the way!), but it has been the topic of a writing project of mine for the past five years. You see, Mount Sinai is where Moses was given the Ten Commandments. Several years ago I taught a series on the historical understanding and contemporary application of this ancient spiritual document. That series turned into a writing project, and I am excited to announce that the writing project has now turned into a bonafide ebook! Ten Essential Words is now available for purchase.
This personally represents reaching the summit of a mountainous project fraught with its share of obstacles and hidden dangers. From writers block to busy schedules to my own insecurities of – like the real Mount Sinai – falling short of the goal, there have been many times when I have had to convince myself to resist retreating to the safety of the predictable, flat terrain of everyday life.
Whether a friend or if you just happened across this blog, I would invite you to share this journey with me. Ten Essential Words is available in a variety of formats for download. I would love to hear what you think. Regardless of whether you read the book, I invite you to subscribe to this blog. I will be posting chapter excerpts, news about how the Ten Commandments continue to shape our world, and give updates about the project.
Thanks for joining me at the summit!