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December 18, 2006

What a Strange, Dim Trip It's Been

I've been the sole proprietor (and, quite possibly, the sole reader) of Strangely Dim for more than three years now. I've enjoyed having this venue for thinking out loud, soliciting wisdom, critiquing the culture, airing my dirty laundry, what have you. There's something about blogging that is, as a friend of mine recently confessed, addictive.

It's hard to believe that I've managed to be so consistently scintillating lo, these many years, but I've recently come to the humiliating conclusion that (a) there are many more people in the world than just little old me, and (b) they each have their own opinions that merit reflection and conversation.

I've come to such a conclusion at least in part by interacting with some of the folks I work with. InterVarsity Press is, I say with unembarrassed bias, a ceaselessly interesting place to work. I'm surrounded by thinking, feeling, believing people who have all signed on to work with books that engage the heart, soul, mind and strength of their readers' faith. Over the years I've shamelessly exploited some of these folks, turning our offhand conversations into Strangely Dim posts. For the most part, they've been very gracious.

All that is about to change--not that they've ceased to be gracious, but that I've ceased to inhabit Strangely Dim entirely by myself. Soon--and very soon--you'll get to peek inside the head of Lisa Rieck, a poet, editor and youth minister, and my friend. She'll be posting occasional musings on whatever comes to mind and can be justifiably categorized as either strange or dim. I'll still be posting as well, and on occasion we may post in dialogue. But you're still free to comment and spin the conversation in whatever direction you deem appropriate.

With Lisa joining the mix, we'll be making a more pronounced leap into the world of Likewise Books. These are books that explore a thoughtfully active, compassionate faith in real time. I don't get the technology behind the switch that will take place, but trust me: Strangely Dim will be more likewisey without sacrificing any of the strangeness or dimness.

You're also welcome to drop by my personal blog, Loud Time, any time you want.

I'll post a picture of Lisa soon. Be sure to welcome her aboard!

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at December 18, 2006 3:24 PM Bookmark and Share


Welcome, Lisa!

Comment by: Macon at January 1, 2007 11:01 AM

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Behind the Strangeness

Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

Likewise Books from InterVarsity Press explore a thoughtful, active faith lived out in real time in the midst of an emerging culture.

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