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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 [...]

An Exciting Announcement and a New Season in my Writing Life

By | August 8th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction, Identity, On Writing|

As Bob Dylan sang once upon a time, “The times, they are a changin’.” Have you ever felt your life slowly going in a new direction, even a good direction, but you still felt hesitant about the change because of the unknown variables? Maybe you had the opportunity to take [...]

The Father Embarrassed by His Son #RideshareConfessional

By | July 12th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by John Price via Unsplash I pull to a stop outside a fancy golf course’s club house. It is late – midnight? 1am? – and the parking lot is empty. A man emerges from the shadows and confirms he is my passenger. He seems friendly, in a [...]

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Exit Through the Wilderness

By | July 10th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books|

Photo by Freddie Marriage via Unsplash Check out this guest post by my friend Zach Hoag, and then go buy his book, The Light is Winning, a book "for anyone who is anxious about the future of the church and their place in it." * * * * [...]

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