We’re glad you’ve stopped in. One small note to start: this is the beta launch of The Way site, so we’ll be tweaking things a bit until our live launch on April 1, 2012 (the day The Way releases). But we’d love for you to look around, interact with and create your own content, and let us know if you encounter any glitches. You can email us with any problems you run into.

Now that you’re here, you’re probably asking, “What is The Way?”. Is it a book? A bunch of Jesus freaks? Hippies trying to make a comeback after 40 years of wandering?

For starters, The Way is a Bible. But not that type of Bible. The Way started out as a groovy, counter-culture Bible in the early ‘70’s. It wasn’t the straight laced, black-type, burgundy-covered piece of arm candy that you carried to church every Sunday. It was a Bible that, for the first time, offered honest reflections and stories from real people right next to the Bible text.

Millions of teens and twenty-something’s had their copy. Just ask around.

And that’s exactly what The Way is now. Everything’s different inside, but the idea is the same. It’s a place to come in, and a place to go out. A Bible that creates a safe space for questions, doubts, conversation, and hope.

But with the revolution in technology, The Way is now so much more. Sure, it’s got a print side (with a lot of cool digital pieces built in…seriously, check it out). But The Way is also a community. A gathering of people that recognize it’s OK not to have all the answers.

Which brings you here to this site. On The Way website, you’ll hear stories from people at all places along the journey. Sure, there will be good moments and bad moments in each story. All of our stories carry both. But there’s also freedom to express the in-betweens. The gray spaces. The feeling of not being sure what you feel. That’s all part of the coming in.

But you won’t need to stay in that place. Because in every gray place, there’s still room to make a difference. To go out and do something now. The Way has brought along partners, big and small, who are making a difference now. And it makes it easy for you to find out more about the issues that are closest to your heart.

Because at the end of the day, The Way is about one thing: showing that the way of Jesus is better. Not through pickets, protests or arguments, but through the small actions of everyday people like you and like me. Messiness and all.