My Book, Titles, and the Council of Nicea

I’m really looking for help on the title of my book. I’ve got a little help so far, and I’ve learned that I’m not as bad at titles as I thought. Titling a book is just difficult!

I have four chapters available online at the Council of Nicea page at Christian History for Everyman. A number of people have downloaded them‐yes, I have a way of tracking you!—for which I’m glad.

Please let me know what you think, and give me title suggestions. At Christian History for Everyman, you can use the Contact Me button on the NavBar to send me an email. There’s also a link there for title suggestions (use the link in the paragraph above). You can also use the comment section here.

Here’s the titles I’ve considered so far. Feedback on those would be great, too!

Setting it Straight
An Honest Man’s Look at the Council of Nicea
In the Beginning Was the Logos
The Council of Nicea for Everyman
Going the Wrong Way
An Honest Man’s Look at the Council of Nicea

I have an awesome picture that would go with the middle one. Jeremiah Briggs, my friend and brother and incredible artist, told me I can use a great painting of a boy holding a shining object in his hands. You can’t see the object, but it lights up his face and the front of his body. It would work great with In the Beginning was the Logos.

Thank you for any and all feedback!

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14 Responses to My Book, Titles, and the Council of Nicea

  1. Shammah says:

    Well said. Thanks.

  2. I don’t think Prison to Palaces says much about the main point of the book. In fact it sounds more like a personal testimony book like Prison to Praise of some guy that got out of prison after being sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. The Logos title is nice. It and the other title are clearly descriptive of the contents. You really don’t want anything obscure. You want your prospective reader to know what they are looking at with in a second or to. You don’t always know who’ll end up with a copy. So you don’t want them guessing at what the book is about.

  3. Shammah says:

    Could you be more clear? I’m having trouble getting your point.

    I saw this response of yours last night. I was eating chips and salsa, and I almost spit them out of my mouth laughing.

    I gave up on that title already, anyway. I think, for the moment, I’m down to “In the Beginning Was the Logos” and “Let There Be Light,” but I’m leaning toward the Logos title because it’s so central to a couple of the chapters.

  4. The P to P title doesn’t do a thing for me

  5. Britt Mooney says:

    I definitely like In the Beginning was the Logos the best …

    But Jeremiah’s Let there Be Light was also pretty good …

    Either way, I want a copy when its ready!

    Peace.

  6. Shammah says:

    Lol. You should read the book. It explains everything.

    Constantine’s reign is all about going from the Great Persecution to being practically part of the government. The Great Persecution was from 303 to 311, and Constantine had his vision of the cross in 312. There were bishops at the Council of Nicea still bearing scars from their imprisonment or torture during the Great Persecution.

    Lucian of Antioch, the man who taught every one of the major Arian leaders, was put to death at the very end of the Great Persecution.

    Many of those men, sitting in council with the emperor, had gone from prisons to prominence.

  7. How does that apply? I’m not following you.

  8. Shammah says:

    I thought of something. How about …

    From Prisons to Palaces

    or

    From the Prison to the Palace

    or even

    From Prison to Prominence

  9. Shammah says:

    Thanks, Jeremiah. Now we’re getting somewhere.

  10. interests was supposed to come after the word personal

  11. Let there be Light: One man’s quest for the truth about the Council of Nicea. This conveys your personal and is neither inclusive or exclusive but simply conveys what is at the heart of the production of this piece of literature.

  12. Shammah says:

    Hey, John! Thanks for the feedback.

    I take the “A such-and-such man’s look at … ” as meaning, “You and I, we’re trying to be such and such about things.” I’ve seen such wording before, and I always took it as inclusive, not exclusive. So what I’m trying to convey is , “Isn’t it about time that those of us that just want to know what’s true looked at this together?”

    Do you have any suggestions on how to convey that? That’s what I felt like “An Honest Man’s Look at … ” conveyed.

  13. In the Beginning Was the Logos
    The Council of Nicea for Everyman

    By far my favorite…

    And I don’t necessarily like the ‘honest man’ subheadings. Though I know you, and believe that you are in fact an honest man, taking honest looks at things, I think this can be an upper hand trick that could come off as unnecessarily (and un-neededly- is that even a word?) arrogant. Does that make sense?

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