Follow Jesus to the Ends of the Earth

Your book gets printed, then you find the mistakes…

It’s exciting to write a book, get it published and hand the finished product to someone. It’s humbling when you start to notice the mistakes. I’ve only seen two so far in my book GO. One is some crunched up text, while the other is a bit more problematic.

In one of the latter chapters I tell the story of a former missionary named William Borden. Except that I refer to him as Henry Borden. The story is true and all the facts are correct, but his name is William, not Henry. I’m not sure why, after doing the research and reading about Borden’s life that I never noticed the mistake. He’s long dead, so I don’t think he’ll mind, but the name is wrong.

Isn’t that how life goes? I love this quote from the narrator of one of my favorite movies, A Christmas Story; Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at it’s zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us. 

Thanks to all of you who’ve ordered my book. I’d love to hear your thoughts when you read it!



  1. That is what happens when you don’t have multiple editors and typesetters reviewing it before publication. I write reports all the time, sometimes two or three hundred pages long, and I can read them eight or ten times looking for problems and never see anything wrong. And then for some reason I have to go back and refer to that report six months or three years later, and all of the errors jump right out and hit me in the face, like mispelling the name of the property or the name of the street in the property address, getting the report date wrong, ghost text, repeated paragraphs, contradictory statements, sentence fragments, wrong captions on photos, arithmetic errors, etc etc. Doing more proofreading won’t work. You have to have somebody else, preferably two or three people, read the report carefully because you will not see them.

  2. I just finished reading the book. I guess we received it at Staff Conference. I enjoyed it very much. I am planning to give it to someone I am meeting later this week – I am praying this person will “go.” Thank you for writing it.

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