Ya'at'eeh. I many of you know, I am writing a book on the Doctrine of Discovery, and I would like to ask for your partnership.
The proposed title of the book is "Truth be Told: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Root Cause of Racial Injustice."
I have a co-author; his name is Soong-chan Rah. He is a great friend, a wise theologian, and a professor at North Park Theological Seminary. He has already published several books including "The Next Evangelicalism" and "A Prophetic Lament". I am deeply grateful for his partnership and voice in this project.
We have a publisher: InterVarsity Press. For those of you who know me, I have been connected with InterVarsity for most of my adult life. You also know that I have been given a fairly prophetic message regarding the Doctrine of Discovery. I love that on a page discussing their Publishing Philosophy, IVP states that they "Are Prophetic: The large majority of our publications will represent what most evangelicals can readily adhere to. There will be occasions, however, when Christians will need to speak a corrective biblical word to society or to the church at large. InterVarsity Press may find itself in a position to do this, as it has in the past, keeping in mind Paul's mandate to speak the truth in love..."
I have a message with tons of material, content, historical facts, stories and examples. As you have probably seen/read/watched from my social media (FB, Twitter, YouTube, Periscope, Blog and Website) I have been traveling the country for the past 3-5 years teaching about the Doctrine of Discovery and the need for our nation to create a common memory.
There is a definite need and a huge potential audience. The month of July 2016 has seen horrific racial violence, frustration, fear, and confusion in our country. #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile, #Dallas and #BatonRouge have all taken place within a 2-week stretch, and our leaders have struggled to know how to respond. During this same period my social media has been incredibly active. Less than 3 weeks into the month my blog is already at its highest number of page views ever. And my articles, posted stories, shared pictures and linked videos teaching about the Doctrine of Discovery and highlighting our need as a nation (and a church) to create a common memory are being shared widely.
What I don't have is a stable income. For nearly 2 decades, I worked as a computer consultant and invested in ministry part time. When my last computer contract ended over 2 years ago, my wife Rachel and I made the decision to devote ourselves full-time to initiating a broader dialogue regarding racial conciliation, diversity, contextualized worship, Native issues, and the Doctrine of Discovery. We knew our income would suffer and fluctuate greatly while we worked to establish ourselves. And that has definitely been the case. Things are beginning to show signs of stabilizing, at least during certain seasons, as my voice and platform grow. But there are still several times throughout the year when we have lulls in our income, normally around Christmas and in the summer months. And this year is no exception. I only have 2 paid speaking engagements the entire months of July and August and nothing booked yet for December. This is great in that it gives me plenty of time to write. But it also means that our income drops significantly during those periods.
So we decided to crowdfund in order to supplement our income for the rest of the year so I can complete the writing process and get this message published. The estimated release of the book is in 2017.
Gifts of any amount are welcome, and I have included some reward levels for those that are interested in supporting this project.
Gifts given online through GoFundMe are not Tax-deductible.
A tax-deductible gift can be made offline by sending a check payable to the “Christian Indian Center” and mailed to: PO Box 211248 Denver, CO 80221 (Please write “Mark Charles – book” in the memo section.)
For a $50 gift you will receive: A signed letter of appreciation from me (Mark Charles).* 1 free copy of the book.**
For a $75 gift you will receive: A signed letter of appreciation from me (Mark Charles).* 1 free copy of the book (Signed by Mark Charles and Soong-chan Rah).***
For $100 gift you will receive: A signed letter of appreciation from me (Mark Charles).* 2 free copies of the book (signed by Mark Charles and Soong-chan Rah).***
*If a donor gives more than once, they will receive a single (1) letter of appreciation acknowledging the sum of their gifts and the number of books corresponding to the total sum of the gifts given (I.e. 2 gifts of $50 will result in 1 signed letter of appreciation and 2 signed copies of the book).
**Un-signed books will be mailed within 7 days of availability to the author. Books will only be mailed to postal addresses in the USA.
***Signed books will be mailed within 14 days of availability to the author. Books will only be mailed to postal addresses in the USA.
Books are normally available to the author before the official release date by the publisher. So you will probably receive you book before it is available elsewhere, but that is not guaranteed.