Brian McLaren has been soliciting bloggers to write reviews for his book, “The Secret Message of Jesus”. Yours truly has been bypassed, ignored, and slighted. SCP hasn’t been invited to the party. I wonder why.
First Zeke got invited to share his feedback and then most recently so did Brandon. Each recieved a complimentary copy of the book from McLaren’s publicist so they could share with their readers what they thought about the book. I on the other hand, was not presented that opportunity. It couldn’t have been that McLaren was holding a grudge for being named our Person of the Year in 2005… could it? Nah… he’s an emergent, forward-thinking Christian… no way!
In all fairness, knowing the way these things work, McLaren himself probably has no clue or control over who is getting copies of the book for review.
Well, as dissappointing as it is to not be considered as important a voice as Zeke and Brandon are in the blog world, my ego has suffered worst blows. In all honesty, I think there is a way to recover from this embarrasment.
I offer to write an unsolicited critical review of “The Secret Message of Jesus” here on the site. Much like Consumer Reports does in reviewing products, I will buy my own copy of McLaren’s book so as to not be swayed by his generosity. This will insure an unbiased and honest look at McLaren’s work.
So I am going to pick up the book tomorrow and pay full price (I am sure $20 or more) at my local Christian bookstore and get to the task at hand. If McLaren’s listening (or Tony if you want to pass this along), please know I will be fair and honest. You can feel free to link to my unsolicited review once it is posted. Better yet, you could come visit us on the podcast to discuss the book. Yeah, like that’ll ever happen.