I’m Jeff, the author of Inside Outside. Before becoming a writer, I worked in churches for 15 years. While that was a beautiful season of my life, it was painful too.

If you are working in a church or have worked in a church, this short letter is for you.

I wrote Inside Outside with you in mind. There are inside jokes and heartwarming moments, and emotionally painful moments in this book that I believe those of us who have served professionally in a church will understand on a deeper level than other readers.

I struggled with my time in “church world.” I felt like the rituals and rules of my tradition, and the constant drive to grow the church were always pushing against my desire to connect and love people. If you feel that way too, Inside Outside is my way say saying,

“You are not alone. You are not crazy. You are seen and you are loved.”

Because I wrote this book for you, I want to give it to you for free. You can download it by clicking the link below.

I hope this fictionalized retelling of my journey brings you moments of reflection and moments of joy.

With love,

Jeff Elkins

If you are clergy or ex-clergy, click here to download your copy.

Novelist, Theologian, Podcaster, Speaker, Writing Coach

Hi. I’m Jeff Elkins

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