What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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Listening “soul to soul” – because your story matters

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And …

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recalibrating the idea of Godly manhood…

So I am taking a look at the idea that we are made in the image of God, that Jesus is the best example possible of what God's image looks like in a human being, and that Christ's followers also have a lot to teach us when it comes to "manly" ideals and behavior.

dealing with writer’s block

QUESTION: "What do you do when you can't write... or when you have 'writer's block'... or when you sit down at the computer and nothing happens?" DEREK MAUL: "Write anyway. Write about not being able to write. Or simply write about what you see." I once read an advice page for "Christian Writers" that suggested writer's …

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a glimpse inside (the writing life)

The opening image today is a glance into my study, just a peek through the door from the upstairs landing. I took the photograph on a whim, and was about to consign it to the "delete" box when something grabbed me. I realized the picture is a small glimpse into me, and that it kind …

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The writing life: tapping the rivers of living water

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink." - Jesus esterday evening a friend asked me the following "writing process" question. "You post something new every morning; where does it all come from?" It's a good question. Especially when - and I'm not surprised this happened today …

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The Writing Life: thinking out loud

Saturday morning I enjoyed the privilege of being invited as "Guest Lecturer" in a college classroom. The class, taught by my friend Linda Lacomb-Williams, is listed in the catalog as a seminar in "Exploring Women's Issues in Literature." Linda said I could talk about writing, and pretty-much anything else I wanted to. LIVE AUDIENCE: Here's what's interesting. …

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