After two summers of obsessive, consuming work, Nicole and I finished revising my book last night. It may still be a few weeks until it's publicly available--my copy editor is waiting with a list of missing and misplaced s's to correct, and I'll want to go carefully through the first printed proof before launching--but the book is essentially ready now.
I'm biased, of course, but I think it's really beautiful.
Which is why I'm so glad I commissioned Nick Stephens, an artist whose work I've admired, to create the cover:
I love the way he's blended the two simple images of the Jordan river and the dove with the geometric texture of the background.
I hope my book has achieved something similar: to tell an important story simply, but with a texture based in underlying patterns that give meaning to the most mundane of moments--a bird swooping down over the water, a man breaking bread with his friends.