I like your dust jacket. The cover looks good as well. When I originally saw the cover I did not know what the image was and so I had to look closer. Others might have the same experience, which would be great to have the double take. I am seeing it through a phone which is more difficult to see than if the physical book were present in a book store. The picture looked like someone holding a tool or farming equipment at first glance.
I love your books and seminary helps. They have saved my life. I'd love to read the book and offer a review. It looks wonderful.
Candid feedback: While I find the cover art pleasing, I don't think it would grab my eye and attention necessarily, because of the muted colors. When I think of renewed, I think of spring and everything coming back to life. I'm picturing a brightly colored spring scene with tulips, trees, babbling brook, or something along those lines. As I picture walking down the aisle in Deseret Book, something more brightly colored such as this would more likely make me take a peek.
It sounds like this book will definitely address a current need among church members. I think one of the biggest needs in this subject area is how to enliven our prayer experience. I think, in my experience, our prayers both private and public sound very repetitive and don't necessarily light me on fire like prayers I've heard in other Christian denominations. I long to give and hear those types of prayers, personally.
Brother Bushman, I like the cover photo, but I think the background needs to be darker. I think you had it whitened to show perhaps divinity of Christ, but it looks too ethereal and the person whose hand is trying to connect with Christ is getting a little lost. Maybe make it a solid relationship. The dust jacket intro was enough to get me interested. We all can get tired of living the gospel when we feel that no divine ear is listening or when the scriptures don't feel helpful in our day to day activities. Sometimes our desire to improve doesn't seem actualized. Sometimes, life is just hard. Surprised you still have my email.
It is good to have the opportunity to communicate with you again. I miss working with you as a seminary teacher. I hope all is going well with you. I thought the picture on the cover was lacking "depth" which can be enhanced by darkening the background. As far as the dustcover, I personally only read the first few lines of the script when looking at new books. I think if you highlighted a few of what you as the author feel are the most important aspects of the book or emphasized in some way how it is your hope that certain parts of the book will enhance some ones life, it would be a quicker read and might make me or others look at some of the other highlights.
Good luck on your endeavor.