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Lent hits the street

lent-squareYesterday was a big day for The Youth Cartel as our biggest book title yet, Lent, started shipping.

If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a taste of the book from it’s description:

This little book is a guide…a help…a companion on the 40-day journey of prayer and Christian practice known as Lent. On this journey, you’ll practice the disciplines of addition, subtraction, and introspection so that you may more fully participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is Lent.

And we take this journey because we all need resurrection.

And here’s a little bit about Erik Willits, the author:

Youth pastor and event speaker Erik Willits serves as the student minister at Christ Church Anglican in Plano, Texas. Drawing from his 10+ years of student ministry, Erik finds creative ways to engage students and young adults in scripture, liturgy, and the rhythms of abundant life. Whether speaking at a retreat or teaching his weekly middle school Bible study, Erik is passionate about cultivating lifelong disciples. The Chicago native currently resides in Texas with his wife, Andrea, and two kids, Jack and Reese.

I love it when the FedEx truck pulls up, I cut open the box, and I get a first glimpse at the final product. A book becomes a book because of a great team. And this particular book had a great team from beginning to end. From the author, to the publisher, to the editorial team lead by Anne, to layout, and even the printer… everyone came together to make a solid devotional for teenagers. 

Of course, when the FedEx truck arrives it also means something different for me and my kids: It’s time to pack orders! Yesterday afternoon we printed all of the packing slips, paired them up with their respective products, and packed lots and lots of envelopes/boxes. (Matt, our USPS letter carrier is also part of the team as he comes to pick up all of our orders.)

For those who pre-ordered, I certainly hope your students love the deco. And for those who haven’t yet purchased their copies, you might want to hurry as we’re nearly sold out of our first print run. We actually ordered the second print run today!



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