This week marks the release of my first book, Crave: Wanting So Much More of God. This is an exciting time for me, because the hours of writing and editing and dreaming are now neatly bound into a book I am holding in my hands. It’s been 4 years in the making—3 full rewrites based on 3 rounds of feedback from 15 friends, family, and professional editors—and it’s exhilarating, and relieving, to finally have it all complete.
Jan 1, 2010 has been a date that has been looming in my mind for some time. I thought it was going to be the date my life changed. Perhaps this would be the first step in a new career, or the beginning of a ministry, or validation that I have something worth saying. Of course, all this means that I need the message of this book more than anyone.
The heart of Crave is that our longings for love, acceptance, and purpose are deep and real things we all deal with throughout our lives. And we seek to satisfy these longings with something—like money, or sex, or relationships, or work—or even career, ministry, or validation. But there’s only One who can satisfy these cravings, and He’s the one who made them in the first place. In fact, He made them so we’d seek Him out as the Great Satisfier, so that we would spend our lives making much of Him rather than focusing on ourselves.
So you can see how this is a message that needs to take root again in my own heart and mind. Jan 1, 2010 has come and gone, and my life isn’t all that different. Even if my career does change because of this new journey into writing, I will still search in vain for satisfaction so long as I look to anything other than Jesus.
One of the fun things about writing a book is that you get to dedicate it to someone. I decided to dedicate this first book to Jesus, not because He needs to read what I’ve written, but because I have written it so He might be treasured more and more by anyone who reads it. That’s my hope for you as well—that you would find Him to be the greatest satisfaction to your soul’s deepest cravings.
Crave: Wanting So Much More of God is now available online at Amazon (the site indicates the book will ship in 2-3 weeks; I think the books will ship sooner than that). You can also find the book online at Barnes and Noble, Borders, or at many of your local Christian bookstores. It should be on shelves within a week or two!
Here are what some folks who’ve read the book are saying about it:
“In this creative blend of autobiography and devotional, Chris Tomlinson paints for us a Christ who satisfies our cravings for himself. An inspiring work from a gifted and anointed writer.”
–Christian George, Author of Godology and Sex, Sushi, and Salvation
“Chris Tomlinson addresses the noblest and most necessary question in the most disarming style…How do we satisfy our hunger for God? No mortal can answer the question with finality. But this book takes us a long way in the right direction.”
–Ronnie Stevens, Pastor, Danube International, Hungary
“Chris Tomlinson possesses a skill rare in Christian writing today: a clean, clear, powerful perspective. Crave is deftly written, with a sneaky comedic sense, but what sets Chris apart is his heart. He’d never say it himself, but he has a lot to teach, and we have a lot to learn.”
–Jordan Green, Editor-in-Chief, Burnside Writers Collective
“An honest exploration of doubts, fears, missteps and victories from an authentic, ‘not-yet-arrived’ follower of Christ.”
–Rev. Joseph Pensak, RUF
“I love how Crave challenges cultural and comfortable Christianity, both in how we internally experience the reality of Christ and externally express the gospel to the world around us.”
–David Robbins, Campus Crusade for Christ
“Crave is an engrossing read that not only had me laughing out loud but also thinking about my own personal beliefs, even from an athiest’s perspective.”
–Andy Wang, Friend and Athiest