First-person (first-dog) from Scout Labradoodle:
So It’s been a while since I wrote a post for my dad, Derek. Or, as I know him, “The guy who drops good stuff in the kitchen.”
Anyway. He came home from his group thing this morning and he was smiling. “Nice play date?” I said. “No,” he laughed; “awesome men’s Bible study.”
I perked up because that usually means donuts or a Bojangles chicken biscuit. No such luck today.
“We finished talking about The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian,” he said. “Turns out the guys think it’s a pretty good book.”
Well I tried to eat a copy once but dad wouldn’t let me finish it. So I guess I wouldn’t know.
“Today’s chapter was all about living our faith out loud,” he said. “So we talked about the idea of being open-spirited, and cultivating a view of the world where we expect to see God at work.
“Most of the time we only notice miracles where we’ve already decided God might show up – and that tends to exclude 99% of our day-to-day lives! So we look out at the world through really narrow blinders, and we miss so much of the wonder, and the beauty, and the love, and the light.”
Blah, blah, blah, blah – book. I could see where I wasn’t going to get any chicken biscuit crumbs so I went back to my couch. I guess I’ll check back in with him when he brings mama down for breakfast.
Oh I guess you could get that book on Kindle too – but I’ve tried one of those and believe me there’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to flavor.
Woof-woof! – Scout
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.