Ask the Author: Jonathan Martin

prototype coverSo we’ve arrived in the middle of August – and just maybe most of us are part way through Prototype already. (Maybe some of us are re-reading it because it’s just that good, and even more rich the second time around!)

Now I want to invite you to put the book down and think of a question or two you’d love to ask Jonathan about Prototype – or  other questions that reading about identity, calling, community and sacrament stirred up in you. This is the place to ask, since Jonathan’s so graciously agreed to respond to our questions.


So maybe you need to pick up the book and look at your own highlights and notes scribbled in the margins. That’s allowed. Now what would you say if you were sitting across from Jonathan over a cup of coffee about those passages – what connections are you seeing, what’s the follow-up question you’re burning to ask or what do you want to hear more about? Please share those very thoughts and questions in the comment section now!

Look at how friendly he is... so ready for some good questions!

Look at how friendly he is… so ready for some good questions!

This weekend I’m sending all the questions over to Jonathan so he can have some time with your contributions, connections and questions. I’ll post his response at the end of the month with a link-up, so you can read his responses but also link in your responses to reading Prototype.

NOTE: Link-up for your responses to Prototype opens up last Thursday of August!

Now it’s your turn to Ask the Author…

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12 thoughts on “Ask the Author: Jonathan Martin”

  1. Caris Adel
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    Do you there’s a danger in valuing the wildnerness so highly? Kind of like old soldiers swapping war stories, can people turn their wilderness stories into the same kind of one-upmanship? Or do you think the wilderness is depressing enough that no matter how much we know it’s good for us, we don’t want to go through it? I just wonder, when you say that being in the wilderness is because you’re so desperately loved, if the number of wilderness experiences can become another trap of validation that we seek. And if so, how do you avoid that?

  2. idelette
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    Hey Jonathan, I’d love to know what the hardest part was about writing this book. How did you push through?

    Thanks for hosting, Kell!

  3. Emily
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    Jonathan, one thing I appreciate about your sermons and book is that your voice is so clear and present. You take risks and it feels like you’re saying what you actually think at that moment! I know that sort of attention takes a lot of work. What helps you balance listening to others and receiving feedback well without losing that ability to speak your mind and heart?

  4. Emily
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    I also want to know how you started on Twitter, what you think of it now, if it’s weird that you have a “Twitter Congregation” of sorts (or if you even realize that!) and what you’re currently reading/excited about reading!

  5. d.l. mayfield
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    Hey Jonathan! I would love to hear your thoughts on miracles . . . And especially what you might say to someone who is skeptical/has been wounded in the past. Thanks!

    • Carmen
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      And this one!

  6. Claire de Boer
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    Great book Jonathan – I loved that I felt like I was chatting with a friend rather than being preached to, and the personal stories were all great. What would you say to someone who hasn’t ever had that boy on the bike (or girl on the trampoline experience) – how do you go back to that place that may not exist? Does it matter?

    • Carmen
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      I love this question. 🙂

  7. Matt Currey
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    Hi Jonathan, Thanks for being willing to answer these questions and Kelley thanks for arranging and hosting.
    I am really enjoying the book. I have a question about dissent/protest and how to articulate that with Grace. Is that possible? Jesus at times challenges but largely seemed to do it peacefully. How can we dissent/protest with grace but not lose the passion that (arguably rightly) inspires dissent?

  8. Micah J.
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    I love your story about the U2 song and the “Holy Ghost iPod Shuffle Effect”. Do you have any other stories of that effect?

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