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How the church can help develop a 'we' culture for the next generation.

I recently heard sociologist Robert Putnam speak at a Georgetown University event that gathered people of faith and no faith to discuss the common good. In his speech, he complained about America's "radically shriveled sense of we." The author of "Bowling Alone," the famous 1995 essay on the decline of social capital—our connection to each other through activities and institutions—Putnam converted to Judaism in part because of its strong sense of community.

There was a time, Putnam argued, when churches and schools threw together youth of differing social class in ways that connected and motivated them, and helped poor youth escape poverty. This is not mere nostalgia. Putnam has surveyed decades of data to show how communities have become more segregated, and how the children of parents without a college education are now deprived of the things that create equal opportunity.

Kids from working-class homes used to be "our kids," he said. Now they are other people's kids, and we expect other people to solve their problems. But young people are our future. Their problems are ours.

Putnam was talking about inequality, which, he said, causes problems that need both conservative and liberal solutions. Liberals, he said, must learn to appreciate the conservative stress on family structures and the potential of faith communities. Solutions "have to involve churches," he said in a 2012 speech.

Further, he said, "I happen to think that hugs and time are more important than money." But, he went on, "money is important, too," and that means conservatives are going to have to recognize the need for government action in everything from tax structure ...

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How the church can help develop a 'we' culture for the next generation.

I recently heard sociologist Robert Putnam speak at a Georgetown University event that gathered people of faith and no faith to discuss the common good. In his speech, he complained about America's "radically shriveled sense of we." The author of "Bowling Alone," the famous 1995 essay on the decline of social capital—our connection to each other through activities and institutions—Putnam converted to Judaism in part because of its strong sense of community.

There was a time, Putnam argued, when churches and schools threw together youth of differing social class in ways that connected and motivated them, and helped poor youth escape poverty. This is not mere nostalgia. Putnam has surveyed decades of data to show how communities have become more segregated, and how the children of parents without a college education are now deprived of the things that create equal opportunity.

Kids from working-class homes used to be "our kids," he said. Now they are other people's kids, and we expect other people to solve their problems. But young people are our future. Their problems are ours.

Putnam was talking about inequality, which, he said, causes problems that need both conservative and liberal solutions. Liberals, he said, must learn to appreciate the conservative stress on family structures and the potential of faith communities. Solutions "have to involve churches," he said in a 2012 speech.

Further, he said, "I happen to think that hugs and time are more important than money." But, he went on, "money is important, too," and that means conservatives are going to have to recognize the need for government action in everything from tax structure ...

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What does it take to get published? First of all, don't do these things.

As the leader of a publishing house, I get many inquiries about getting published. Here are a few things that will guarantee you won't get published:

1. Write a book that you (or your closest friends) would like.

If you want to be published, your message must have readers, a significant number of readers, who would benefit from your content. It is critical that a writer with a message has people in mind that their content engages (helps, encourages, challenges, inspires, teaches).

It is great when you can test your content with the people you have in mind through sample writings, preaching, teaching, sharing stories, blogs, Facebook, twitter, etc. For us, your content should be an extension of a ministry God is doing through you that is impacting the lives of many.

2. Don't take the time to develop your content.

An idea isn't a book. Developing content requires a great deal of work and discipline. It requires research. What has already been written on this topic and how did it do in the market? What has recently been released in the market that relates to your topic? Your introduction or thesis chapter is the most critical. What is it you want to happen during the reading experience? Nail it at the first of the book or at least get the reader's interest so they are captured from the start. Most writers need to develop the art and science of writing through training, writer's conferences, or mentoring with well-established authors. A well-prepared proposal will be seen. One that isn't, won't even be reviewed.

3. Think that social media isn't that important in getting published.

I am not ready to say social media is everything because we still publish a few authors who are well-established ...

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