naming

45 Terrible Names for My Book

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I hate naming stuff. When I was a youth pastor, it was torture for me to come up with a good name for our ministry. If I ever have a child, they’ll probably remain nameless until they’re 3 or 4 because I’ll be unwilling to commit to any one name.

It took me forever to finally decide on a title for my book. I bugged a lot of my friends with text after text of TERRIBLE title ideas. I knew I had to get all the bad ones out of my system if I was ever going to find one I was happy with.

I probably came up with at least 100 words or phrases I thought I could name my book. Here’s a list of 45.

Let me remind you that the book is about vulnerability. Why it’s important in the life of the church, why we’re afraid of it, and why we don’t have to be.

The title I came up with is IN THE ALTOGETHER. If you want to learn more about that, you can download a free preview.

Here are a ton of awful names…

  1. Breaking Open

  2. Sharing Your Life

  3. Show Yourself

  4. Too Human   (as in “we are all too human to try to live without vulnerability”)

  5. Where Hope Finds Us

  6. Honestly

  7. Wrong, Weak, and Worried

  8. Vulnerable Christianity

  9. The Only Way Forward

  10. Can I be Honest

  11. The Lost Art of Weakness

  12. All My Best Secrets

  13. All Our Best Secrets

  14. All Your Best Secrets

  15. Off Limits

  16. Crying is Cool

  17. The Lost Art of Being Human

  18. How to be Human

  19. Give it all You’ve Got

  20. All the Hidden Monsters

  21. How to be Human

  22. Give it all You’ve Got

  23. All the Hidden Monsters

  24. Can I be Honest?

  25. Full of It

  26. Running From Yourself

  27. Wrapped in Words

  28. Putting it all out there

  29. Putting it out there

  30. No Holding Back

  31. Hello to all our secrets

  32. What’s Left Unsaid

  33. So much to say

  34. Close Enough

  35. Wasted Grace

  36. In Defense of Staying Weak

  37. In Defense of Staying Human

  38. Don’t Go Alone

  39. You’re Not Brave, You’re Stupid

  40. Open

  41. Weak

  42. Bare

  43. Known

  44. Share

  45. Bumbling