Faith and the Magic Kingdom, the Book – Exciting Times are Just Ahead!
Things are defintiely picking up heading towards the release of Faith and the Magic Kindom! I gave you an update early this month and I was planning to wait another couple of months before sending the next one. It turns out that some updates can’t wait, though, so here we go…
1. The manuscript – Joe and I have finished the first , and largest, round of edits! We should be done in a week or two. That’s the biggest piece–without a complete manuscript, the rest doesn’t really go anywhere.
2. The cover – I was blessed and fortunate enough to find a professional graphic designer in my friend, Jen Rhodes. She was able to take the two concepts I was first working with (shown at left), some additional suggestions from me, and her own crativity and expertise and create an amazing cover. I’ll give you a sneak peak below.
3. More endorsements! – I’ve been touched and amazed by the kind words of people I sent advance copies to. Here are 3 more…
To paraphrase a famous Christian hymn: in history Kingdoms rise and wane but God’s Kingdom, with Jesus Christ as its King, shall remain. Author Randy Crane cleverly draws upon ideas in Disney’s Magic Kingdom to illustrate and underscore historic Christian truths and principles. Crane knows both Kingdoms well and shows how Disney’s magic is sometimes a useful metaphor for understanding God’s historic and eternal Kingdom.
~ Kenneth Samples, Author of 7 Truths That Changed the World
If Disneyland is just a fun place for you to go and nothing more, this book will inspire you to “look harder!” I love Faith and the Magic Kingdom because it ties in my faith and my passion for Disney. In fact, it gave me many great things to think about and reflect on. I thought I’d seen it all, but with this book, Randy has opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about one of my favorite places by connecting it to the most important thing in my life—my faith in Christ. Now, let it do the same for you!
Randy Crane has masterly woven the story of Disney to the story of Scripture to our story. He presents unique perspectives of Disney’s history to biblical application in today’s world. You will find his writing engaging, educational and encouraging as the Magic Kingdom connects our faith to the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Joseph C. Grana II, Dean, Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies
Now, in the last update I mentioned the upcoming Kickstarter campaign. It’s almost here! In fact, one week from today, the post will be about the official launch of the campaign. On that page you’ll find out why I wrote the book, more about me and why this matters so much to me, and how you can help. You’ll also see several great rewards for those who support the campaign. I’m offering the very best I can think of right there for those who partner with me!
During the 3o days of the campaign, I’ll also provide regular updates on the progress, videos, and samples from the book. Here’s one: the official cover. I’ll give you the tease I mentioned here…
Want to see the whole thing before anyone else? Follow the campaign! I’ll reveal it more clearly in a couple of updates, ultimately showing the cover clearly, just for those following the campaign!
At the same time the campaign is running, I ‘ll also be forming my launch team. As I described it before, You’ll get some free stuff, access to exclusive pre-release content, a private Facebook group to brainstorm and collaborate on launch activities—as well as share your dreams and goals so we can partner with you—and more. What will you have to do? Leave a review on Amazon, write one for your blog, talk about it on your podcast, interview me about the book, or any combination of those. That’s all! I’ll announce the formation of the team in a few weeks, but in the meantime, if you’re interested feel free to email me and let me know!
That may not be news to you, but this will be: I’m also offering incentives to those who do these things. Just something as simple as leaving a review on Amazon will be emough to enter you into a drawing for some great prizes! There will be a separate contest for those who influence the most people to buy the book during its first week of release and I’ll be offering afiliate links so you can make a commission off those sales if you choose to. Details will be made available exclusively to the team. 2 weeks from now, I’ll be posting the official announcement forming the team and giving you an oppotunity to be part of it.
As before, I’ll post more updates as we near the November 15th release. In the meantime, thank you for your support, for reading and sharing these posts over the months & years, and being a part of this incredible journey. The best is yet to come!