I’ve been addicted to podcasts for the last ten to twelve years. They are my favorite way of keeping informed when on the go because I can listen to them anywhere, and at any time. A week ago, I had an exciting opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and participate in a podcast with my friend Michael Camp. He was the perfect host for my first public experience talking about my new book, In Search of Christian Origins: A Timeline of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He turned what could have felt like an interrogation into a pleasant discussion. I was apprehensive about exploring this new frontier of being interviewed, but now, although the ice isn’t quite broken, at least it’s cracked. I think I could have used the beer Michael mentioned after all, but who knows how that would have influenced the conversation. For the podcast, I thought it was smarter to stick with water and some inhibitions. One surprise was listening to my voice the way it sounds to other people—very amusing, and I thought I’d lost my South Jersey accent.
I’ll confess that I’m a bit of a scatterbrain, and when I write I’ll have to go back and edit my writing repeatedly until I think my writing communicates my thoughts the way I want it to. I literally edited the introduction and conclusion to my book at least forty times. When I’m speaking, I don’t have the luxury of going back and editing myself, although sometimes I noticed I still try. So, please forgive my verbal stumblings and give the podcast a listen on Michael’s Spiritual Brewpub podcast. By doing so, you’ll learn more about my book, the reasons I wrote it, and what fascinating history is out there to be discovered.