I often joke that it was a bad idea to publish a memoir at the age of 22 because the shiny, child-like faith I had back then is now frozen in time. I’ve evolved quite a bit since, but only those who know me personally are aware of that. My readers are not.
If I were to read Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter today, after having deconstructed my faith several times over the last few years, I would be very disappointed by the ending. It’s not neatly wrapped in a bow or anything, but it oozes a great deal of “With God, all things are possible!” platitudes.
It doesn’t convey the ongoing difficulties of living life as a Jew-ish Episcopalian – nor does it even go into how I discovered the Episcopal church, which is a very critical part of the journey.
It also doesn’t include my experiences at seminary, which played a huge role in shaping the kind of faith I have today.
Those are the reasons I decided that a second memoir, Confessions of a Jew-ish Skeptic, was necessary. The problem is, readers aren’t guaranteed to pick up the second book. With each paperback edition selling for $9.99 each, plus shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime), my friends with student loans and expensive rent kept telling me, “I want to read it, but I need to wait for a few more paychecks.” Or they would get distracted by other books they wanted to read, which is totally fair.
I was at a point where I just wanted to distribute copies of Skeptic like Halloween candy to every person who read Prodigal, because I wanted them to have the full story.
So, after a great deal of consideration, I had an idea: why not just combine the two books into one?
And that’s exactly what I did. While there are copies still floating around on Amazon from third-party sellers, both the paperback and Kindle editions of Confessions of a Jew-ish Skeptic have been cancelled. It is now “Part II” of Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter.
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think to do this sooner. Due to the increased size of the paperback, the cost has increased slightly: it is now $12.00 instead of $9.99. But the cost of the ebook will remain at $2.99. Keeping my books affordable for the masses is more important to me than the royalties!
In the next coming days, keep your eyes open for giveaways on my social media accounts. If you’ve never read either book, you can read an excerpt here. And if you feel inclined to purchase a copy, you can do so here.