Read This To Win A Copy Of @jasonboyett Newest Book

randomlychad  —  January 30, 2012 — 19 Comments

Years ago, if you’d asked me, I would’ve said Harry Potter was “teh evils,” but now I chant a different incantation.


Why did I change my tune?

Because I simply took the time to read the books for myself. Prior to that, as my friend Rob Shepherd is wont to say, I didn’t have a “fat clue” as to what Harry was all about.

I merely swallowed the prevailing (ostensibly) Christian pablum about. In essence, I went along with the culture. Not only was missing out on what our cousins across the pond call a “corking good yarn,” but also the the deeper meaning of the story.

But, as I’ve written about Harry before, I’m not here to reheat old hash, or to persuade you to crush your convictions in a quest for cultural relevance. Not really…

However, I’ve found–both via experience, and the scriptures–that it pays to be culturally aware. The Apostle Paul cited secular sources, used them as touchstones to connect with his audiences. Which sources are now canonized as scripture in perpetuity (“to the unknown god,” “the Cretans are always…”).

The point is: in order to be winsome witnesses for Christ, we should at least have a “fat clue” about what’s transpiring in the culture around us. A cogent, loving affirmation–or repudiation–always requires an uncomfortable level of engagement.

This is why, several years ago when the film released, I read The DaVinci Code. I wanted to be able to at least engage intelligently in the inevitable water cooler discussions. For similar reasons, Christians who live in predominantly LDS areas may read the Book of Mormon. It’s simply a way to engage the prevailing culture.

All of which is a rather long-winded way to say that there is an author writing today who does this very well: Jason Boyett. Not only does he have his finger on the cultural pulse, but he’s a man who knows the Bible, history… In short has a “fat clue.” He has a popular series of books–known as the Pocket Guides, wherein he discusses the afterlife, sainthood, the apocalypse, etc.

His latest is the Pocket Guide to 2012: Your once-in-a-lifetime Guide to not Completely Freaking Out. It is a short, witty, funny, sarcastic, yet erudite book on the latest of the doomsday scenarios to grab our attention: 2012. You’ll laugh so much while reading that you don’t realize how much you’re learning. Turns out Mary Poppins was right: a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down.

There are two ways for you, my faithful readers, to get your hands on this fine eBook: you can buy it:

For Kindle

For Nook


the “author’s preferred” edition

Technically, I guess that’s three ways to buy Jason’s book. But, this being a giveaway and all, one of you has a chance to win a copy of the “author’s preferred” PDF edition from me. Here’s how this works:

1) Leave a comment below, you get one entry;
2) Subscribe to my blog, you get another (see my smiling mug up over there on the right? No? How could you miss that schnoz?);
3) Tweet “Read This To Win A Copy Of @jasonboyett Newest Book @randomlychad,” and get a third entry.
4) Follow me (@randomlychad) on Twitter & get a fourth entry.

Remember: you can’t win if you don’t play. 🙂 Winner will be selected this Friday via

Thank for reading!




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  • Awesome thoughts. Too often overlooked, this idea of being winsome to culture by at least understanding culture in the first place.

    Already subscribed and twitter following. Does this count as 3 submissions?

    • Thanks, Stephen! I think so, too--hence, my ramblings.

      Works for me. 🙂

  • Here’s my comment to attempt to win this incredible book…

  • TorConstantino

    Now that was a “corking good post” -- unfortunately I already have his ebook, but I’m a sucker for a Jason Boyett write-up. Jolly good show!

    • Thank-you, sir!

      And don’t you mean you’re fortunate to already have his book? I mean what’s unfortunate about that?


  • We should have a fat clue. Or at least get some love handles on our clues.

    I’d hate to have clueless love handles.

    But it’s true: just going alone with ‘the prevailing culture’ doesn’t really mean anything unless we know what we believe… both what we DO believe in… and what we don’t.


    • Hey, now--I had clueless love handles just last year!


  • Hey--put my name in the hat or whatever you’re using for this.

    • Okey-doke! Welcome back, Matt!

  • Thanks for the shout! I agree with this post! Good stuff.

  • I already follow you on Twitter, but I will GLADLY unfollow and re-follow if that is what you wish.

    And I’ll go ahead and hit that subscription as well. I enjoy those sort of things.

    • Ok, ok--how many entries does that give you?


    • But what I really want to know is: did yesterday’s post (the top reasons the world will end this year) tap into hipster angst, or not?


      • They refused Twilight books. That’s just criminal. No hipster angst. You are completely justified here.

        Also, I guess 3 entries.

  • Chad, you struck me in the heart. I read The DaVinci Code years ago for many of the same reasons you read Harry. Couldn’t stand the movie. Yet I haven’t ever read Harry. Hmmm!!!

    • Cool, Larry!

      So glad it spoke to you.