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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.

“Fat Tuesday” – so what…?

Note: Today marks the first of the 49 daily readings that comprise my “Reaching Toward Easter” initiative. Each post will open (or close) with a short reference to the day’s meditation. But it’s not necessary to read the book to derive meaning from the post. Then Jesus said…, “If you continue in my word, you…

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giving thanks, regardless…

Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) I really can’t think of a more appropriate “Monday morning” scripture selection. It’s another example of the question I posed last week: “Do you have to go scrambling for some useful scripture…

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reach, love, laugh

REACH: I have decided this morning that it’s time for a few – admittedly gratuitous – pictures and comments from the Connecticut grandson connection. In fact, we’ll ramp this post up to “Grandaddy Letters” status. It’s been a while since I’ve written a specific communiqué for the inimitable David Henry Campbell and a couple of…

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a story in four photographs…

I think what I love best about photography is how an image can help to tell a story. Sometimes the photograph is the story. Believe me, as a writer that’s a hard concession to make. Understanding image as story not only means seeing the picture differently, it means looking differently before releasing the shutter. The…

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