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Which Cover Works For You?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 10 Comments

I’m reposting this from my Lifestream Blog here, because I’d like your input as well. I’ve been writing another book online, this one a special report relating to the latest research on those being called the “dones”, those who are giving up on the traditional congregational model for church and are looking for more relational realities. This series is designed to help people understand what’s been going on for the past twenty-five years or more while inviting the body of Christ from all her expressions to an expanding conversation about the nature of the church and its unity in our day.

Those are going to be combined into a book and since I’m getting toward the end we are working on a cover for that book. Last time, readers of this blog and those who “like” its Facebook page provided some helpful input to sort out a cover for Finding Church: What if There Really Is Something More? This isn’t a vote to decide, but a chance to hear which cover resonates with you and why, which is very helpful for us in crafting a final cover that will serve the project well.

My hope for this book is that it will invite all followers of Jesus Christ into a better dialog about the nature of his work in the world. I don’t want to see yet another division among those who are learning to live in Father’s love, this one between the “dones” and “undones.” We have to see the life of Jesus as larger than the specific way we might encounter his church. For those who attend a local congregation and for those who are finding life in his church beyond it, we need a better conversation that coincides with Jesus’ prayer that the Father would make us all one, even as Jesus and his Father are one.

If you’ve missed this series of blogs, you can find the links on my latest in the series.

Take a look at the covers above. Which do you prefer and why? What would make it better? You can comment on the blog, the Facebook page, or email me with your comments.

Thanks for your help. You all make a pretty incredible focus group.

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10 Responses

  1. Dennis Green says:

    I like # 3 cover with the ascending stairs. It give a sense of moving upward (rather than leaving something).

  2. Debbie says:

    I like Option 1.

  3. Sharron says:

    I like cover #2. It makes me feel like I am coming out of somewhere dark and even a bit scary into a bright freedom. I don’t like that I can’t see the word “of” however. Not seeing the “of” clearly makes the title seem strange. I also think the subtitle writing needs to be a bit bigger so one can see what the book may be about.

  4. Patti says:

    I like option 3. The way out can be steep and long, but there is light at the end!

  5. Ron Wiley says:

    I prefer option 2. The light beckoning through the opening doors…

  6. Trevor Bartel says:

    Option 2. Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world’ John 8:12 ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ NIV. The doorway represents the ‘New Life’ Jesus has to offer. We need to walk through the doorway into the light trusting Him for the outcome. The alternative is doing the same thing that we have always done expecting different results. This is also the definition of insanity. CHOOSE LIFE!! (PS I feel the word ‘of’ would be helpful in the book title)

  7. Don’t worry. “Of” will be there” These are just mock-ups to let us know what we’re looking for…

  8. Rory Wynhoff says:

    Option 3 is my choice. It is moving up and out into the light, outside the walls of professional religion.

  9. Matt Polack says:

    I like option 2…beyond those doors is light….also mystery, adventure and moving into new chapters of discovery…which can’t be fully seen until that step is taken. Jesus IS the light of the world…there is a church and a Kingdom to be found..and it is in his light, not in structures made by man.

  10. Rosr bloom says:

    Hi wayne…i like option 3

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