Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal

A high school stage play is more polished than the service we have been rehearsing since the year one. In 2000 years, we have not worked out the kinks. We positively glorify them. Week after week we witness the same miracle: that God is so mighty he can stifle his own laughter. Week after week,Continue reading “Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal”

The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life

There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life that they decide they want to learn writing from the best writers out there. And that means reading books on writing by successful and well-loved authors. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. It seems that nearly every successful and established writer has writtenContinue reading “The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life”

Rest in Joy, Joan Didion

In Memoriam, A Review of The White Album Joan Didion, American novelist and essayist, passed away last week, at the age of 87. Her book, The White Album, was required reading for me to obtain my MFA in Creative Writing. One of my professors loved her work and spoke about it at length. I hadContinue reading “Rest in Joy, Joan Didion”

(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice

A common bit of writing advice that you will find if you read books on writing or attend a writer’s conference is this: Write what you know. I’m not refuting that bit of advice in this post, but I do want to offer a little twist on the main idea. First of all, let’s discussContinue reading “(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice”

Book Review of “Book Proposals That Sell” by W. Terry Whalin

I just read “Book Proposals That Sell” by W. Terry Whalin. And here’s the one-sentence review: If you are a writer – especially if you are a writer aspiring to be a traditionally published author one day – this book is extremely helpful and informative. And here’s the longer book review of Book Proposals ThatContinue reading “Book Review of “Book Proposals That Sell” by W. Terry Whalin”

How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story

A Strange Introduction to Boo Radley The autumn I was 12, my big brother, Emmanuel, invented a name for our neighbor across the street: Boo Radley.  The man’s name was actually Doug. Although in his late thirties, he still lived with his mother. Doug had narrow eyes and a strange, perpetual smile. We had beenContinue reading “How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story”

7 Inspirational Stories on Kindle Vella

With the soft launch of Kindle Vella this week, it is a surprise that there are already thousands of stories available to read. The question is, if you’re looking for an inspirational story on Kindle Vella, where should you look? But first things first … What is Kindle Vella? Kindle Vella is a new readingContinue reading “7 Inspirational Stories on Kindle Vella”