I've been eager to do a "Book of the Week" on 200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One (visit the website), but I feel like I should wait til closer to the pub date in September. So, in the meantime, I'll declare Shawn Wood my Author of the Week!
Shawn is the Experiences and Communications Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multisite congregation with over a dozen campuses in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Their Internet Campus is pretty cool too--goes far beyond ordinary online posting of services and sermons. I actually attended Easter worship at Seacoast back in 2001, when my parents and I were in Charleston for the long holiday weekend. It has grown (and multiplied!) a lot since then, and I had the joy of visiting again when I made the trip to meet with Shawn and Seacoast's senior pastor, Greg Surratt, back in November.
Anyway, Shawn's first book, 200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One: Creating a Life of Meaning and Purpose, publishes in September, in time for his speaking gig at Innovate 2008, a great conference put on by Granger Community Church. We've got the sales conference for our Fall 2008 list going on right now, and Shawn is one of our featured authors for that event! He'll be speaking to our sales reps and other interested folks from around the publishing house about the book and just helping people get to know him--after all, it's the personal connection that really sets a book apart (that and an absolutely gorgeous cover, which this book has!) I'll tell you more about the book this summer, but in the meantime, check out Shawn's blog and the book website at www.200pomegranates.com!