Horan_cover_draft2013I’ll be on the road for the next few days recording the audiobook for a new book of mine that comes out in December titled, The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering. In the next few months I’ll share more information about this book as we get closer to its release date. This is the second time so far that I’ve had the experience to record the audio version of one of my books and, as other authors who are asked by their publishers to read their own books for the audio versions can tell you, it is not easy. It looks easy: sit in a room and read your book to yourself out loud. But it isn’t. The experience last time, when I recorded Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis, was an incredibly humbling venture. It’s difficult to read well, consistently, without goofing up or tripping over your words, and for hours on end. There is something disconcerting about being in a sound-proof room alone with only the words you had written for print before you, a microphone to record that vulnerable editorial offering, and the knowledge that in another room is a team of engineers and producers listening to every syllable you say and pause you make. It gave me a lot of respect for those women and men who do this sort of thing professionally. Wish me luck and keep me in prayer — hopefully, this will be as painless as possible!



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