When we started writing, we anticipated that everything we wrote would be a joint venture. That one of us would write and the other would add to each article, book chapter, and anything else we published.
After all, the missional life we live is one that we have grown into together. We've helped shape each other's thinking, and we are a team in every sense.
But, sometimes there are things one of us wants to write...on our own. So, the majority of things you get from us will continue to be a joint effort. But, we are going to play around with the idea of solo writing every now and then.
To make it easier on you, we decided we'd label these solo projects. Going forward, you can expect to see articles labeled Unfiltered Joe and Simply Sarah from time to time. These articles will be a little different from our standard articles, because they will only represent the voice of one of us.
The reality is, the content probably won't be all that different. We're not sure exactly how these will turn out, but we each have some topics that are more important to us. And we both have slightly different ways of expressing our thoughts. So, we're going to give this a try.
And, just so you can have a little advance notice about what you can expect from Unfiltered Joe and Simply Sarah, here are some brief descriptions.
When I write on my own, I am generally more blunt. Part of that is because some of my topics might have a more masculine feel to them. Sarah and I already try not to sugarcoat things too much, because we don't want to water down the truth.
Well, when Sarah isn't around to filter the way things are said, my writing might get a little harsh. My goal is not to offend anyone, but I probably will. Not always. But it's bound to happen eventually.
Luckily for me, I'm in good company. Jesus went around offending the religious elites all the time. Remember?
I'm going to share things from my personal perspective. Sometimes it will come across as a rant, and it's totally okay if you disagree. I just hope we can talk about it. Respectfully.
When I write you will get a few different things from me. But I promise it will always be real, honest, and raw.
There are a few things I get really excited about and I want to share them with you. I want to share what God is teaching me. How my heart and mind have shifted in a way that I hope challenges you to look at things from a different perspective.
I love hearing and sharing people’s stories. I’ve come to learn that "we only know what we only know" and to learn and gain insight we need to hear other people’s stories. So I want to help share these stories.
And those who know me know how much I love entertaining and creating community. I want to share with you how I do that and let you have a peek into our home and events. I’ll share how I organize and create these environments to inspire and help you do the same.
Lastly, I will also share from the female perspective on being a wife and a mother. The great and challenging things we face. And I’ll give you a glimpse into how this all works out for us.
Let us know what you want to hear
We are still figuring out some of the specific things we will each write about separately. So, if there are any topics you'd like to hear about from one specific perspective, let us know in the comments below. Or hit us up on Facebook.
The point of this whole thing is to provide content that you will find helpful, so help us help you. Too cliche? Sorry.