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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.

BONUS! (Feb 29)

Thank you for responding to me God; you’ve truly become my salvation! The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it! This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive! Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full…

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communication and active listening – more on the “C” word

It is truly wonderful when relatives live together in peace. It is as beautiful as olive oil poured on Aaron’s head and running down his beard and the collar of his robe. It is like the dew from Mount Hermon, falling on Zion’s mountains, where the LORD has promised to bless his people with life forevermore. – Psalm 133 As I left my brother Geoff’s house, Monday…

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my week with people, and the common denominator that counts

Yesterday wrapped up a hugely busy week. I’ve had seven speaking engagements, in Lakeland, Nashville, Bartow and Temple Terrace, all related to the “Reaching Toward Easter” initiative. Additionally, I’ve been in “virtual” contact with another 110 people through the Upper Room/Be A Disciple on-line retreat. Sunday morning I had the opportunity to share with a…

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making the most of regular life

It’s Sunday morning. Time, I guess for a few gratuitous pics of cats, dogs, food and family… Since Thursday evening, Rebekah and I have been hosting her sister Rachel, cousin Zandra, niece Jordan, and sister-in-law Heather (who had to go home before the photo). They’ve been at some sewing/crafty/fabric show at the Lakeland Civic Center.…

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the hope is in the stories…

Friday, the third day of Lent: I’m back home today, having wrapped up my visit at The Upper Room in Nashville Thursday afternoon. We crammed a lot of work into my short visit, and my head is still spinning. It’s going to take a few days to thoroughly process all the details we talked about.…

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we simply must tell the story…

Dateline Nashville – Yesterday was a good day. The Ash Wednesday Chapel service went well and I enjoyed the more interactive luncheon session with the Reaching Toward Easter study group. But there is a lot more going on besides my presentations; I’m in the middle of a series of important discussions with my publisher. The staff…

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“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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