And what a night it was!
I walked into Hearts & Minds Bookstore in Dallastown around 6:50pm last night and there were already nearly 100 people milling around the store awaiting the book talk and signing. The place was packed! Folks were shopping for books, drinking red and blue-colored punch, and angling for seats on chairs set up in every corner of the store. Byron and Beth Borger, the owners of Hearts & Minds, certainly know how to throw a party! Even this guy was there!
I spoke for about 30 minutes or so, answered questions for another 30-45 minutes, and then signed some books. Following the signing, about thirty folks stayed for more conversation about evangelicals, politics, and Donald Trump. We had Trump supporters, Trump voters, anti-Trumpers, Hillary voters, and everyone in between. The conversation continued to about 11:00pm and I left energized (which is rare for an introvert like me) and encouraged by the civil nature of the dialogue. American democracy and the Christian church need more conversations like the one that took place last night. I did a lot of talking, but I also did a lot of listening.
Thanks so much to Byron and Beth and the staff of Hearts & Minds for hosting me and publicizing the event. And thanks to everyone who came out.
The Believe Me book tour will be on break until the end of September. We will enter the next leg of the tour on September 24, 2018 at the University of Chicago Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. I hope to see you there!