Destined for Joy: Late July Update

The interior designer has returned Destined for Joy to us. It’s a large book—418 pages! Ten years worth of writing. I had no idea it would be this large.

There are still minor corrections that need to be made. We hope to get the corrections done within a week or less, but even so it’s just about ready to be sent to Tom Belt for indexing. David Hart will be sending us his Preface by the end of next week, and the blurbs from various theologians and biblical scholars are starting to roll in. I had to promise each of them a ten day holiday in the French Riviera. Bribery doesn’t come cheap! When all is said and done, we will be able to make John Hammond’s quotation our own: “Spared no expense!”

I wouldn’t be surprised if the book will be ready to send to Amazon in two weeks (no guarantees, though). I am still looking to September for publication. Keep your fingers crossed—mine sure are. Jess Lederman is going a great job pulling this all together. I cannot thank him enough.

Destined for Joy will be sold in both hard and soft cover editions. We are also hoping to make a Kindle version available, but further research is needed to determine if this will be feasible. Pre-order will not be available until the Amazon page is up. Trust me, I’ll make an announcement as soon as this happens!

I haven’t been able to get any of my planned summer reading done because of the all the work that’s been involved getting the book to this point. Perhaps soon I’ll be able to begin The Silmarillion. Perhaps.

To those who contributed to the fundraising effort, I thank you with all of my heart.

I’m very excited.

Glory to God!

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8 Responses to Destined for Joy: Late July Update

  1. Awesome! Are you allowed to say who is authoring some of the blurbs?


  2. Joshua Philip says:

    Any chance we could get a table of contents teaser?


    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:


      Foreword by Brad Jersak


      Part One: The Greater Hope and the Absolute Love of God

      1. The Astonishing Love of God
      2. The Wondrous Prodigality of God’s Love for Sinners
      3. The Scandalous Injustice of Grace
      4. The God of Wrath and the Father of Jesus Christ
      5. The Radical Gospel of Unconditional Love
      6. The Gospel as Story and Promise
      7. The Explosive Nothing of Grace
      8. Preaching Very Good News: The Grammar of
      9. Redemption Eternal: The Caponian Vision of Grace
      10. Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

      Part Two: The Greater Hope in History

      11. St Augustine and the Misericordes
      12. The Scourge of Love
      13. The Triumph of the Kingdom Over Gehenna
      14. Will Satan Be Saved?
      15. The Shewings of Julian of Norwich: How Well is Hell?
      16. Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn
      Universal Salvation?

      Part Three: The Gospel of Universal Salvation

      17. Freedom for Hell?
      18. Revealing the God Behind the Curtain
      19. Doomed to Happiness
      20. The Secret of the Greater Hope
      21. Eternal Damnation and the Solidarity of Love
      22. The Roar of Aslan and Afterlife Possibilities
      23. Gehenna as Universal Purgatory
      24. The Apokatastasis of Judas Iscariot
      25. The Irresistible Truth of Final Judgment

      Afterword by David Bentley Hart

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      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        Splendid – thanks! And best wishes to all for the remaining work (whew – but exciting)!


  3. David says:

    418 pages? That’s a belter of a book! I can’t wait. Although I’m still sad signed copies won’t be available 😉

    Thanks for all the hard work that you and everyone else involved are putting into this – looks like it’s shaping into quite the labour of love! i’ll get to work reenforcing my bookshelf while I wait for it to appear on Amazon.

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Michael, it’s a self-publishing (sort’ve) venture through Amazon. It’s all been made possible by the untiring labors of Jess Lederman, who has devoted himself to the republication of the Works of George MacDonald. Destined for Joy will be published under that label.


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