Yes, I finally get to do some promo for my book, James: The Brother of Jesus. I’ve mentioned it on here a few times but I haven’t done much promotion because until recently it wasn’t available through Amazon, which I know is many people’s preferred way to buy books online. Now it’s up there, and along with adding a link to my sidebar I also had the chance to make this promotional video for the publisher, Pacific Press, which I’m sharing with my devoted blog-readers.
This was one of my favourite of the Biblical novels I’ve written: I usually write about Bible women but this is a case where a man from the Bible (albeit a minor character) caught my imagination. James himself, as I imagined him based on his Epistle and the very few glances of him that we get elsewhere in the New Testament, is an intriguing character in himself, but writing this book also gave me a chance to write about Jesus from a different perspective. I’ve always found it difficult to write about Jesus because it’s so hard to portray sinless perfection in a way that’s interesting to the reader — but seeing him through the eyes of someone who (initially) doesn’t accept him as Messiah and actually kind of dislikes and resents him, gave me a whole new point of view. Writing this book was really fun and challenging. It had a complicated journey to publication which took awhile, but I’m so glad to have placed it with Pacific Press, a terrific Christian publishing house that I haven’t worked with before, and I hope it will find its way into the hand of lots and lots of readers who will learn from James’s journey as I’ve imagined it, just as I learned from researching and writing about him.