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A Bed on the Couch: The Grace of Rest

By | November 14th, 2017|Books, On Writing|

Today's post is brought to you by my good friend Andi Cumbo-Floyd in celebration of the release of her book, Love Letters to Writers. When I would get sick as a child, Mom would make a bed for me on the couch: my pillow, my favorite blanket, a rare treat [...]

Revision, Co-writing, Not Giving Up, and the Voices in Your Head

By | November 1st, 2017|A Contemplative Life, On Writing|

Photo by Aleks Dorohovich via Unsplash I'll start by telling you that I have co-written somewhere around 20 books with various people. Sometimes these books are independently published and sometimes they are brought into the world through publishing houses. But in every case, as soon as I sign [...]

Glory

By | October 31st, 2017|Books|

I love introducing you to my writer friends who are bringing beautiful, important books into the world. This book is by my friend Kaitlin Curtice, and it's one you'll want to check out. Kaitlin is a fantastic writer and a wonderful person, and I'm honored to have her writing here [...]

Memories Have Weight (or, On Returning to my Elementary School)

By | October 20th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, My Life|

I don't know exactly when I forgot this, but yesterday I remembered: memories carry a certain weight, the kind that presses in around the temples, heavy like an x-ray apron on the chest. Like a subtle strain of asthma, they can constrict the breathing, even slow down time. Walking into [...]

What Happened 20 Years Ago This Month

By | October 18th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, My Life|

That's me at the far right, 20 years ago. Yes, I had blond hair. There's no rational explanation for that. Twenty years is an eternity. Twenty years is yesterday. Twenty years ago this month I was a junior at Messiah College, finding my way, losing my way, finding [...]

To Those of Us Who are Feeling Underestimated

By | October 17th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, The Little People in the House|

Photo by Brunel Johnson via Unsplash The weekend was long and tiring, filled with wonderful things and busy things and fewer spare moments than I would have liked. This is life. We are still learning. Our 8-year-old is probably the most passionate and insistent one among us. When [...]

Twelve Books (Besides Mine) You Should Be Reading

By | September 5th, 2017|Books, Fiction|

Today is the day. My novel, The Day the Angels Fell, officially releases to the world. You will probably find me in my study today, alternating between elated, anxious, happy, sick to my stomach, and hopeful. Or all at the same time. In any case, I hope you'll take the [...]