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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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Glimpses of Eden at a Funeral

By | July 6th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Courageous People of Lancaster|

There are a few really good souls in this world, and Caleb Wilde is one of them. We met a few years ago when he won a writing contest I held on my blog and, in lieu of the reward, he asked for coffee with me. Nice guy, right? I [...]

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