Archive for October, 2010

26th October
written by Alden

I’m happy to report that I just received my first copy of the book (the softcover edition), and it looks great!  The cover came out well, and the pages are on very nice paper.

Hopefully the hardback will be of similar quality; I expect that to arrive in the next day or two, and I’ll report when that arrives.

But don’t wait for me, order your copies today!

25th October
written by Alden

It takes a few days for the title to make it to various retailers, and we’ll try to keep you up to date with where the book is available, especially if they have great prices. Today the book appeared on, at a 28% discount for both the hard and soft cover editions!

That’s a great deal… at this point, I couldn’t even sell them at this price. (I’d like to find out how they can do it, actually…)

We’d like to hear from you

We’d like to hear from you about where you bought the book, how long it took to arrive (if you ordered online), and of course, what you think of the book.  We’d especially like to hear about your experiences buying the book through your local bookstores.  You can e-mail your responses to me here.

20th October
written by Alden

If you’d like to get a preview of the first 40 pages or so, you can page through the beginning of the book at Google Books, which is quite a nice site; it’s like standing in a bookstore reading a few pages to see if you want to invest your hard-earned money in a copy.

In other news, a couple of Amazon’s associate stores are now offering the paperback copy at discounted prices (plus $3.99 shipping, of course)

18th October
written by Alden

I’m very happy to report that The Gospel Uncensored is now available for ordering (and if you are a Kindle user, it’s available for download today).  I haven’t seen a copy yet myself, but don’t let that stop you from ordering!

Hardcover, softcover and Kindle versions are available through  However, they don’t have any of the paper versions in stock, so it’s probably quicker to order these directly from I believe eventually it will also be available at (Barnes & Noble).

If you would like to order from Amazon, click the “I Recommend” button to the right, and I make an extra nickel or two (believe me, my cut isn’t that much…).

It would also be a wonderful thing if you were inclined to bring in the Westbow ordering info to your local bookstore and ask that they order it for you… you’d save shipping, and they may just order a couple of extra copies. ;-)  And, please tell your pastors and friends about the book.  Please?

Coming Soon

I plan at some point to be able to offer other e-versions from this website, including Sony and iPad, and perhaps the Nook.  I can’t promise when, though.

I am currently writing a study guide for The Gospel Uncensored to use either individually or for a group study, and will make that available here as a free download.

13th October
written by Alden

For those of you with iPhones, Droids or whatever have you, the blog should now appear on your mobile device appropriately formatted.  Give it a shot, and let me know if you have any problems.

12th October
written by Alden

Westbow reported this morning that the book is apparently at the printers, awaiting activation, whatever that means. Within a few days, the book will be available for sale at both Amazon and (the Barnes & Noble online store).

And, soon I’ll even have the first book off the press, which I’ll have bronzed, or perhaps autograph it for myself.  I should also be getting a few copies to sell personally. I’m considering selling some directly from this site, including some additional e-formats (a Kindle version will be available at Amazon) when I get that process figured out.

So, keep your eyes open (and your credit card ready) for the big announcement!

3rd October
written by Alden

I’ve had the following quotation by Martin Luther open on my desktop for the past couple of weeks, thanks to my friend Steve:

“Let us thank God, therefore, that we have been delivered from this monster of uncertainty and that now we can believe for a certainty that the Holy Spirit is crying and issuing that sigh too deep for words in our hearts.

And this is our foundation:

The gospel commands us to look, not at our own good deeds or perfection, but at God as he promises, and at Christ himself, the Mediator…

And this is the reason our theology is certain: It snatches us away from ourselves and places us outside of ourselves, so that we do not depend on our strength, conscience, experience, person, or works but depend on that which is outside ourselves, that is, on the promise and truth of God which cannot deceive” ( LW 26:387).

Truth, that.  It’s not that we chose Christ, but that he chose us. It’s not that we were baptized, but that he baptized us. It’s not even that we have enough faith — but that we can have faith in Christ’s promises.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10