Headed to Paulist Press today for their celebration of the Paulist 150th Anniversary. They've been at it for 141 of those 150 years and one particular Paulist, Fr. Kevin Lynch, CSP has been at the Press for over 50 years now. If you've ever dared to read a copy of anything from the Second Vatican Council you have Fr. Lynch to thank. He translated and published much of that for the English speaking world.
He gave me the best advice about my own book after it was published. He said:
"Mike, reviews sell books. And pushing your own book does as well. If you get those two things working together, you'll skyrocket."
Right he was. After the National Catholic Reporter reviewed Googling God the Amazon ranking went from like 400,000 to 210,000. Then Zenit, the Vatican News service published a review and it flew down to 6,000. Which is awesome for a book of it's size.
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Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.