What’s the Book About?
I have been asked over and over, “So what is the book about?” In a word, the book is about change.
The title Shape Shifters is a metaphor for the process God uses to change our heart to look more like Jesus. The popular phrase for this process is spiritual transformation. The book wrestles with question, “How does God change the human heart?” We all desire real heart change. We all realize God’s desire to conform us into the image of Christ. And yet too many of us have tried to act like Jesus and it has become extremely frustrating.
Shape Shifters uses the doctrine of the Trinity as a guide to transformation, so it draws on images and ideas from the world of theology. I have tried to simplify some complicated theological concepts in order to make the book a bit more user friendly. I was talking to a friend of mine and he asked me if it “works” for me, if the concepts in the book have worked in my own life. I answered enthusiastically and without hesitation…YES!
It has worked for me, because the willpower has failed me. I have tried time and time again to change myself into the image of Christ. One of the foundational concepts in the book is that real heart change (spiritual transformation) is the work of the Holy Spirit. As I have given up on trendy, Christianized self help techniques that try to put me in control, I have seen change in my heart. As I have opened up to the Spirit’s work, I have seen real change.
I am speaking at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri on Friday morning October 3rd as a part of their 2008 Conference for Pastors and Leaders. I will have copies of the book for sale through Word of Life’s bookstore, Solomon’s Porch. I will also be signing copies of the book before the Friday night worship service, so if you are in the area, swing by and say hey and get a copy of the book.
I am also speaking on campus at Asbury Theological Seminary (ATS) on October 9th. I will be conducting a book signing at Cokesbury, the ATS bookstore from 9-11 am and 2:30-5:00. (Contact me, if you would like me to speak to your church or organization, or if you have questions about the book.)
I am working on a book signing in Americus, hopefully in November.
When the book is released, there will be three way to get copies–
- Through the redesigned www.derekvreeland.com. The website is going to be redesigned to promote the book. It will have an ordering section where you can order books directly from me. The new site will have a link to my blog which I will continue to update.
- Through amazon.com. We will have the book listed with amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and abunga.com. The redesigned website will have links to Amazon.
- At a speaking engagement. Catch me in St. Joseph, MO or Wilmore, KY or wherever else I am speaking (including Americus, Georgia!) and you can get a copy.