Giving away a signed “Questions are the Answer” book!

"Question Seeds" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Question Seeds” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

[Buy this cartoon!]

I’m giving away a free, signed copy of my new book, Questions Are The Answer: nakedpastor and the search for understanding. This cartoon is one of the new ones inside the covers. I’m getting great reviews, including this one from Bart Campolo:

“As a prominent post-Christian now serving as the secular humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, I am often asked to tell my story and explain what happened to my faith. When I do it, the beginning (when I was happily on fire for Jesus) and the end (when I am thrilled to be actively pursuing goodness without God) are simpler to describe, so I generally skip over the juicy part in the middle, when everything in my life was confused and uncertain. Thankfully, David Hayward has done just the opposite here, and the result is a wonderfully humane account of what it means to be human, and in particular what it means to be a genuinely Christian human who isn’t at all sure what it means to be a genuine Christian. In Questions Are The Answer, David pitches his tent smack dab in the middle of his spiritual crisis, pulls out his notebook and art supplies, and makes loads of beauty and humor out of loads of doubt and fear. If you’ve ever been in crisis yourself, and especially if you’re stuck there now, this book is your friend.”

How do you enter the contest? Simple! All you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment. (ONLY ONE!)
2. Sign up for my emails.

That’s it! I will announce the winner tomorrow morning. I will ship it to anywhere in the world.

If you don’t win or you can’t wait or you prefer not to take chances, you can order the book here.


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51 Responses

  1. Luke says:

    Hey David; I’d be proud to have a copy of this on my shelf.

  2. Bob says:

    David, I’m responding!

  3. Keetcha says:

    David, this cartoon expresses exactly how it happened for me. One question led to another and another and another and before I realized it, I just couldn’t be a believer anymore. I would truly love to have a copy of your book. πŸ™‚

  4. Casey says:

    Fan of your work. πŸ™‚

  5. Kris799 says:


  6. Cal Pearson says:

    If I don’t win, “I’ll thcream and thcream until I’m thick. I can!”

  7. Clif Heeney says:

    You toons have always encouraged, comforted and/or challenged me, David! This one is no exception. I look forward to reading this new book!

  8. Gary says:

    Checking in.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Very glad I happened upon your cartoons

  10. Josh Hunt says:

    Great work!

  11. Bethel Metz says:

    Commenting! πŸ™‚

  12. Erin green says:

    David, you are hysterical and awesome. Thank you for your humor and seriousness about these issues in the church. Much needed!

  13. Norm Englund​ says:

    It’s because I kept asking questions that I left Christianity and, many years later, came back to a much more human version of it.

  14. Jan B says:

    this book would fill my ‘Naked Pastor” collection πŸ™‚

  15. Jeff says:

    Can’t wait to get this book. By win or by purchase!

  16. Ryan Jones says:

    I was so excited when you announced this book & there are so many good reviews. I would live to win a signed copy!

  17. Adam Julians says:

    Already got the book, yup questions, one more arrow for my quiver.

    “beauty and humour ” yes I go with that. As we sometimes say in Scotland, lang may yer lum reek!

  18. Jacqueline says:

    Would love to start off the New Year with this. I was really angry at the church for some time (still kind of am) and am starting to try and dip my toe in the water of spirituality again. It’s hard for me to separate God from religion sometimes…

  19. Jessi Blue says:

    Questions are a learning tool that help expansion and growth. πŸ™‚

  20. Andy says:

    Hello! Would love to give it a read!

  21. Kristin Gillespie says:

    HI David, I’d love a copy of your book. I SO appreciate your artwork, which says so much about your honest grappling with doubts about faith, humanity and Christianity.

    Having come to the conclusion several years ago (after a lot of abuse from the first church I was part of) that doubt is far from being a threat to our faith – if we enter it with questions for God – I realised it is actually the yeast in our faith, and in the discourse with God we grow (much like your cartoon πŸ™‚ ). Thanks for your humour, honesty and care.

    Kind regards. Kristin

  22. Beth says:

    You have already changed my life. I want to read the book and will buy it if I don’t win it.

  23. Dickie Victor says:

    I live for questions, which means I love answers, which means I generate more questions. I think you get where this is going! πŸ™‚ Crap! I forgot to mention that I’m a former pastor who followed a very similar path as you did. My questions and “openness to other doctrines, beliefs, etc” lead to both my wife and I leaving the ministry for a different path. Wondering what your questions were and what similarities might be inherent to us both. (I joined your comments since we’re only allowed to enter one. Thanks!)

  24. Angie says:

    I’m about half way thru mine that I purchased. Great Book. Would love an autographed copy!

  25. Glenda Fieldes says:

    I’m in ?

  26. Daniel says:

    I’d love to win a copy of your book David!

  27. Melody Campbell says:

    I’d love to win a free copy!

  28. luis says:

    I need this book.

  29. Philip says:

    The landscape of my soul was once a inorganic wasteland barren of the sustenance provided by the organic question. It was not until a small seed of question blowing hitherto upon the wind chanced upon the soil of my land which had long been dry and hardened but had, nonetheless, just before the seeds landing been loosened by the careless and clumsy step of an answer. The seed fell upon this loosened soil in its deepest crevice at which point, unexplainable to me, a tear drop fell from the sky above borrowing that seed within its new home whilst giving it its birth. A question was born that day and the soil upon which that seed had landed began to give birth to an abundance of questions. To some my landscape looks as though it has become over-ruined with an abomination of weeds growing within, but to others the landscape of my soul is a life giving forest of treasure and mystery. It has now become a deep and utterly rich breath of fresh air.

  30. Kathy says:

    Commenting & signed up for your daily emails aka “devotionals” If anyone asks, I can now finally say I am having “devotions” lol. Would love to win your book.

  31. Rose Jardine says:

    Happy New Year! And many blessings upon you and your family. This book sounds like the ideal read for people with curious minds, I would love to receive that autographed copy, but I think maybe George Porter should have it as he does have a curiouser mind than I do. Wait no. Forget that — I want it all and I want it now.

  32. Andy Campbell says:


  33. Dan Anear says:

    I’m keen, this is my responding from Adelaide, South Australia.

  34. umar says:

    you have won my heart! no homo! lol

  35. Jefferson w Slinkard says:

    Love the simplicity of your toons. They voice more with the art, than many words could.

  36. Love the Bart quote… I appreciate your work David!

  37. Danny Carroll says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! This is where I am right now, after 16 years of full time “ministry more questions than answers for sure….

  38. Jeremy Spiers says:

    Been there, done that, reaped the harvest πŸ™‚

  39. Jeff Robinson says:

    I am enjoying, and gaining (growing) much more from the questions – especially the process of formulating the questions – than I ever did from simply parroting with certainty, the certainties that were spoon-fed to me from non-thinking preachers and teachers.

  40. Robin says:

    Signed up for your emails πŸ™‚

  41. James Phillips says:

    I’m commenting.

  42. Katy Hoppa says:

    Hey David…great review from Bart Campolo. Would love to have a copy.

  43. Mariah Turner says:

    Already signed up for your emails πŸ™‚

  44. Shelley says:

    Happy new year!

  45. Paz says:

    Your cartoons have encouraged and challenged me in life’s darkest and brightest moments. Thank you!

  46. Penny says:

    I signed up!

  47. Matt Gorkos says:

    As a pastor who hopes to encourage a faith that is more flexible than rigid and more dynamic than static, I often find myself encouraged by David’s work. I also find myself frequently sharing his posts because they simply and cleverly capture some of the same ideas I’m trying to convey in my work.

  48. Kristin Gillespie, you’re the winner. I entered the numbers 1 and 48 in the random numbers generator online and the number 21 came up. That’s you! Congratulations. Please send me your mailing address to haywardart at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  49. Jeanne Schlumbohm says:

    Count me in. I’d love to read it.

  50. Thanks everyone for playing. Please order the book if you didn’t win!! I think you’ll like it. Order it here: