Monday, April 30, 2007

Amazon has right book, wrong author

Letter to an Atheist is now available on We hit the best sellers list--if you define that list as any book in the top 99,000 !

Amazon lists me as Michael, Patrick Leahy rather than Leahy, Michael Patrick.

That glitch should be fixed soon.

Don't be shy about writing a glowing review on Amazon !

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Writer Deborah Brannan at April 15 book signing

Annette Dixon, local writer Deborah Brannan, and software marketing guru John Moss look on as I sign another book.

Photo courtesy of Anne Rogers

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Authors Robert Hicks and Michael Patrick Leahy

Robert Hicks, best selling author of The Widow of the South, and Michael Patrick Leahy chat about slavery, the Civil War, and Christian faith.

Mr. Hicks is currently working on a novel set during the last week in the life of Confederate General John Bell Hood.

photography courtesy of Anne Rogers

The Williamson County Public Library Writers Group

from left to right: Anne Rogers, Michael Patrick Leahy, Nancy Reece, and Sara Hamill

photograph courtesy of Anne Rogers

The author talks about his book

photograph courtesy of Anne Rogers

First Book Signing, April 15 in Franklin, Tennessee

photograph courtesy of Anne Rogers

Sunday, April 15, 2007

First Book Signing a Great Success !

I had my first book signing today at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin.

It was a great success !

We had a crowd of about 25, and sold 20 books !

Definitely exceeded my expectations.

Pictures to come....

Friday, April 13, 2007

Letter to an Atheist now in Borders and Barnes and Noble

You can now purchase Letter to an Atheist at the Franklin, Tennessee Cool Springs Borders Bookstore, and the Franklin, Tennessee Barnes and Noble Bookstores.

I walked in with Letter to an Atheist in hand. Just showing the book to the two store managers, each manager each said immediately --

"Oh, you've written an answer to Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation. Great, we'll take it."

Borders is thinking of an end of aisle placement of the Harris book and my book.

Turns out both store managers knew the Harris book well because it sold well. Their thoughts are turning to selling more of Harris' book and mine by pairing them together.

I like that idea !

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Other responses to Sam Harris

I am aware of two other recently published responses to Sam Harris.

Dr. R.C. Metcalfe has written Letter to a Christian Nation: Counterpoint, which was published last month.

Douglas Wilson, the famous originator of Classical Christian education, has written Letter from a Christian Citizen, which is being published this month.

All three of us respond to Sam Harris with vigor and intellectual rigor.

It's interesting to note that though we all debunk his approach, we all seem to be taking him to task in different areas. I'm thinking Harpeth River Press may want to combine all three books into a Response to Sam Harris sampler !

On first blush, you might think that this removes any "first actor advantage" that Letter to an Atheist has.

On the contrary, the existence and success of both these other books will do nothing but grow the market and awareness of the vigorous Christian response to Mr. Harris.

First Edition of Letter to an Atheist

We now have all copies of the first edition of Letter to an Atheist in hand !

And, they look fabulous if I do say so myself.

Look for Letter to an Atheist to show up on Google Books and shortly !

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Galley due tomorrow, book website up

The galley for Letter to an Atheist is due tomorrow.

And, the Letter to an Atheist website is now up and running.

Thinking about setting up a separate blog for an ongoing dialogue between Christians, Muslims, Jews, and atheists on the topics discussed in the book.

Thoughts out there ?