What the Woman Who Almost Died Said About My Book

By | December 12th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction|

"Have you read this book?" the woman asked as she picked up a copy of The Day the Angels Fell. The question was directed at my wife, Maile, while she worked at my mom's market stand. Mai was taken aback - the woman's question came out intense, pointed. Have you [...]

The Hardest Part is Waking

By | December 8th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Poetry|

One of my favorite writers, Kelly Chripczuk, has a new book of poems out called Between Heaven and Earth. What  I love most about Kelly's writing shines through in these poems - her honesty, her awareness, and her determination to pull the sliver of good out of every situation. You [...]

My Most Frequent Prayer These Days

By | December 6th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, On Writing|

Photo by Matthew Henry via Unsplash *This is your regularly scheduled, completely honest post about the ups and downs of freelance writing and self-employment. If you have had your fill of these posts from me, feel free to move on, nothing to see here. Tomorrow, we will return [...]

A Book I’m Writing That I Haven’t Told You About Yet

By | November 29th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Courageous People of Lancaster|

Photo by Himesh Kumar Behera via Unsplash There's a book I'm writing that I haven't told you much about. I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you the title yet, so I'll keep quiet on that for now (although I love the title Revell came up with). [...]

In Which I Panic About My Son

By | November 28th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, The Little People in the House|

After a long day of traveling, I crawled into bed and worked on my laptop for a bit while Maile dropped immediately into a deep sleep. We had gotten up at 4am, left NC at 5:30. Our alternator in the Suburban went out at 8am, so we waited while that [...]

On Moving From Here to Who Knows Where

By | November 27th, 2017|A Contemplative Life|

We sit in a small circle in the living room, some on chairs, some on the floor, and for a moment it is easy to believe that nothing will ever change. That old illusion. Lucy plays her guitar - Coldplay's "Fix You," Jon Foreman's "The Cure For Pain" - and [...]

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 [...]