Saturday, August 27, 2016


The book is out!

Yesterday, my book came out! It's an exciting thing, knowing that it is out there in the world now.

Megan Willome wrote, very kindly, about it over on her own blog yesterday. Here is part of what she said:

We live in a season of polarization in which we define ourselves by our boxes. Osler kind of blows that up. He has stuff in lots of boxes, and he’s constantly challenging his own beliefs and assumptions, moving those boxes around, rearranging the contents. His job as a law professor and advocate for clemency is to trouble the water. He loves his Bible, especially the Gospels, but he’ll trouble you if you get the chance to hear him. He holds himself and everyone around him to a higher standard.

That’s because in a world of hashtags, where retweeting a celebrity counts for activism, Osler and his students and colleagues are working to reform the criminal justice system. He never lets us forget that Jesus was a prisoner, too, one executed by capital punishment.

There are two moments in the book that undid me, one in Rome, Italy, and one in Manchacha, Texas. Life isn’t safe. Not for the people you meet in the book, like Jeanne Bishop, who have lost loved ones to murder. Not for any of us. It wasn’t safe for our Savior, either.

Yesterday, too, I had a post over at Tweetspeak, a pretty great poetry blog. You can read that here.

Thank you, kind sir. My worlds collided in a very pleasant way on Friday--the WACOAN & Tweetspeak. I wish you every success with the book.
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