Apr 11

Book Update


Book Update

Book Update

It’s so crazy that we are in the final stages of the book and so I thought I would give you an update.


The title of the book is Dishonor. We are still trying to nail down the tag line / sub-title. How to encapsulate the entire story in one small line is a bit of a challenge.

Here are some of the ideas so far:

  1. A soldier’s journey of desertion, confinement, and redemption.
  2. A soldier’s story from desertion to redemption.
  3. One soldier’s story from desertion and confinement to release and redemption.
  4. One soldier’s story from desertion to redemption.

Feel free to comment below which one you like or if you think it should be worded differently.


My editor will be sending me the manuscript sometime this week for me to approve all the edits. This surely is a grueling job for her, since this is my first attempt at writing.

I believe that the book will go back and forth a few times between us unless it is just perfect the first time.

Book Cover

There are four book covers created by Deb Toth, who did such an amazing job. I will be revealing which one will be the winner #soon. There was a preliminary focus group that I sent them to. It has been fun seeing which cover people thought would make the most sense.

My goal, as with any author, is to have it jump out at you and say “Pick me, pick me!”

Of course, my wife’s design idea is more popular than mine, go figure.


One of the exciting parts of having blogged the rough draft is that many people have read the book before it is published. This allows me to ask for endorsements from people that know the story already. I am excited about the input I am receiving and the fact that some of you are willing to attach your name to my story. Thank you in advance to all who have said yes to this.


It seems like the direction we are heading is the self-publishing route. This is still new to me so I am learning as I go. But basically in order to be picked up by a traditional publisher, there are a lot of hoops and hurdles. At this time no one has swooped down to pull me up from anonymity. This is fine by me, after having read a post by writer Jeff Goins just this morning. (Read it here)

There will be electronic formats for those who digest books using technology. There will also be a physical copy printed because, most inmates don’t have access to technology. I wanted to make those who find themselves in this situation can get their hands on a copy.


Last year I attended a conference in Nashville called Launch Out. Sitting in the audience, I watched people speak about the things they were starting or actively doing. It was amazing community of people who came together to engage with each other and support one another. This year the conference is in three locations and it looks like I will be applying to speak in St. Louis. At the same time, I will be launching the book. As I type those words, fear grips me.

So, we will see how that goes. I definitely don’t want to rush it.


I have no idea where all this will lead. It has been at the forefront of my mind to not let this whole thing get ahead of me. In my church life group and also church leadership meetings, I have asked for prayer that I stay focused on the fact that this is not about me. All I want from this whole experience is for, people that need to hear the message of grace, forgiveness and redemption in Christ, to be reached. Even if just one.

In the end, I may have done the things mentioned in the book, but God has clearly made it possible for me to share the story. Too many things have just, “come together” for me to be the driving force.


Your support has been amazing and I appreciate every form of connection you have made with me to letting me know you are right beside me in this journey.

If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing by email. Down the road, if a traditional publisher decides to look at taking this book on, they want to see a large email list. If you are on a computer, there is a banner at the very top of the screen. If you are on mobile, you probably closed the pop-up. It will reappear, if you come back later. Again, thank you in advance.


As Dishonor gets closer to publication, I ask that you continue to pray for people to be reached. For God to use my mess for His message. For the broken to be healed. And for those struggling with the guilt and shame of their past to be released from this bondage, the same way I was. Through recognizing that God’s forgiveness has already been extended, you only need to accept it.

Ephesians 1:7 NLT

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

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    • Edna Guerrero on April 12, 2016 at 12:29 am

    How exciting it is that your book is almost ready. Although I have read it blog post by blog post, I can’t wait to re-read it all in one sitting. My favorite tagline is your first one. “A soldier’s journey of desertion, confinement, and redemption.” I think that pretty much sums up everything. Out of the four taglines this is the one that caught my attention. The 3rd tagline is my least favorite. You’re an inspiration. Continued prayers are being sent to you.

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Thank you for your continued prayer and support. I really appreciate it.

    • Steven Tessler on April 12, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I like #2

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Thank you Steve! And for letting me use your name.

    • Alyssa Ross on April 12, 2016 at 6:48 am

    #4! The word “one” makes it more personal

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Yes, that makes sense. Thank you!

    • Lewis Mitchell on April 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

    #4 is concise.

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

      I appreciate your input, thank you Lewis.

    • Emmanuel Michael Vlassakis on April 12, 2016 at 7:20 am

    #3 is my favorite, good luck!

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Thank you!

  1. I like #4. “One” makes it personal. “Desertion to Redemption” gives the reader a hint of the journey that lies in between those two points.
    I’m really glad I found your blog many many months ago. I believe I read a commit you made to a post by either Jeff Goins or Jon Acuff. After reading your comment, I decided to click on your name to see what you were all about!

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:58 am

      I am so glad you did too. It could have been from either Jeff or Jon’s blogs. Thank you for hanging out with me through this journey!

  2. I like #4. It’s incredible that the book is almost published. Congratulations my friend,

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Thank you Mark! My first international reader. I appreciate you!

    • Sandi on April 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I’m leaning toward #4 as well. So excited your are nearing the launch stage! I enjoyed reading your journey as each chapter developed. Eager to see the completion – but, especially excited to know your story will reach those waiting to hear.

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Thank you so much! Knowing that others can learn from my mistakes and that forgiveness is just an ask away is so exciting!

  3. One soldier’s story from desertion to redemption. Excited for the book to come out!

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thank you Jim, for helping me along through this.

  4. One soldier’s story of desertion, confinement, and redemption. Great Post, David. Can’t wait for your Launch in Stl!

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 7:02 am

      I appreciate your dedication to my story! Thank you!

    • Sophia Sakoff on April 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Sounds great! I like a combination: One soldier’s journey from desertion to redemption. Can’t wait to see your cover.

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

      The proofs I have are so awesome! Thank you!

  5. I’m so happy for you! Personally I like #4.

      • David Mike on April 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Thank you! Congratulations on your book launch!

    • CharleneMcD on April 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Congratulations! I like #1 – life is a journey for everyone and there are many paths to go down, but only one person can make that one specific journey.

      • David Mike on April 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      I will be using a combination of two sentences, Thank you for your input and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

  6. I like the ‘rhythm’ of #3 best. Congratulations, David!

    (I haven’t finished working my way through your story, but I’m getting there. There is really no other word for grace but amazing.)

      • David Mike on April 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      I decided to use Sophia Sakoff’s recomendation. It made sense to have the word journey in there. Thank you for sticking with my story!

      1. Just saw that… Would you believe I read all 4 as beginning the same way? I didn’t notice journey had been swapped out. No more reading when I’m tired (but isn’t that usually the best time though? Hehe)

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