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Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Worth the Cost?

If you or someone you know would benefit from the book, go to the Facebook page and “like” the latest status to enter the giveaway. The drawing will be done 12/15/13, and I will mail a book to the winner or the address of the winner’s choosing (within the US). If you don’t have Facebook you can email me at jacktsai@unfailingspring.com to enter.

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Happy Holidays!

Book Update!

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Sorry that I missed last Thursday’s post. I’m not sure I have fully recovered from the week-long retreat 2 weeks ago. Some exciting news (to me at least)! The book is now in the physical proofing stage so, Lord willing, it should be ready to order in the next two or three weeks. A big thanks again for all who have helped with feedback, proof-reading, prayer, and just encouragement throughout the project.

Seminary is starting again in a couple of weeks so I probably will be able to post just once a week. It has been such a crazy summer, praise God for all that He has done. My prayers go out to all who are starting school soon, especially the new college freshmen!

Here’s a great view from the retreat, enjoy!

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Book Title Help!

Hi all!

Here’s a book update. I’m in the middle of doing some revisions as it is being formatted. I’m revisiting the title and wanted to ask for some input! I’m thinking of changing the current working title of …

Worth the Cost? Reflections on Wealth, Health, and Christian Discipleship

to…

Worth the Cost? Becoming A Christian Doctor Without Losing Your Soul

My goal is to have the readers consider the costs of medical education. And not just the cost of tuition, time commitment, and amount of work, but the cost to one’s soul if pursued for the wrong reasons. I hope to challenge readers to consider the cost of discipleship with Christ, to be willing to pay that cost first (and why it is worth paying that cost) before entertaining big ideas of serving God with medicine (or any field for that matter).

After one makes that choice to put Christ first, the next question is how can we live now in order to be effective in God’s kingdom instead of getting stuck chasing after the American Dream trying to fulfill our own desires. That’s the book in a nutshell!

Let me know your thoughts. If you have any suggestions of your own, feel free to leave a comment! Thanks and I appreciate all the prayers so far. Please continue to pray! Click if you like to learn more about the project.

Super Important Message to Read!

Since I’ve been working on the book project, I’m learning a lot about marketing and building a following in order to actually get my message out. Currently I am reading Platform, a book by Michael Hyatt about this very topic. With the revolution of social networking, it definitely takes some intentional strategizing to get people to care about what I have to say amidst all the noise, distractions, and desperate sounding blog post headlines.

I’ve never felt older and behind the times trying to jump onto the social network bandwagon. I now have a twitter account and learned what a hashtag is and what RT stands for; I’m making progress. And along with revamping this weblog and trying to get it going, this has all taken quite a bit of time. All because of this book I am writing and the message that I want to get out.

It dawned on me (largely with the help of my wife) that as a Christ follower, I have had a message to get out for quite some time now. But, I probably spent more time this past month thinking about how to promote my book than I have over the last years thinking about how to share the Gospel in a way that will reach the most people.

Priscilla, thank you for reminding me the reason that I am doing all of this. Not for my own glory, not to spread my message, but ultimately to point people to God and the saving message of the Gospel. Christians, let’s redirect the energy that we are putting into planning and scheming for a better college, job, deal, more twitter followers, or whatever else and invest it into strategically advancing God’s kingdom. Knowing that we will one day be held accountable by God, how can we use all that we have been given to maximize God’s kingdom purposes? If interested, I’ll be preaching on this tomorrow at SBECC!

21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:21-23

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