I’m thrilled that my first book is coming right along, slated for a March 2013 release.
It has been a great partnership with Baker Publishing, from the acquisitions process to editorial development and now on to marketing. The cover design was especially indulgent, as we were able to work with my longtime friend Holly Sharp (she contributed both art and design for the cover). Look for some updates to this website next month, along with links to pre-purchase the book.
In the meantime, dig into three sample chapters and take a look at some early praise for the manuscript:
“He writes with consummate skill and style and clarity… A FORCE OF WILL is a beautifully rendered manuscript and memoir.”
–Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department, Publisher’s Weekly.
“Mike Stavlund’s writing grabbed me by the heart and soul from the first paragraph and has yet kept its grip. I literally had to force myself to put his writing down and get back to work; the first thing on my list being to pray Mike had not already found representation. The message of Mike’s book FORCE OF WILL – that God will reckon us to himself by whatever means he sees fit – is one in which anyone who has ever suffered heartbreak will find solace. But I think it’s written even more for those who’ve somehow managed to live any measure of life and yet somehow still deny that heartbreak can be God’s greatest gift.
–Sandra Bishop, 2010 ACFW Agent of the Year, Vice-President of MacGregor Literary Group.