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 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 [...]

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 [...]

When I Tried to Teach My Son to Ride His Bike

By | July 3rd, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing, The Little People in the House|

It is a warm day, the day he turns eight years old, and he eats his birthday waffles and drinks his birthday coffee - decaf - and while the morning sun in North Carolina burns off the nighttime rain, he begs to go out and try his bike for the [...]

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Embracing the Revolutionary Act of Trying and Failing and Trying Again

By | June 29th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Kyle Meck via Unsplash. Yesterday, my friend Seth blogged about failure, and he penned one of my favorite lines I've read this year: "I’m making this request to the formula-peddling self-helpers (Christian and otherwise): Don’t just sell me your answers; show me your work." Now, I [...]

The Main Obstacle in Releasing a Book

By | June 28th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Laura Aziz on Unsplash The heat in Carolina is the kind that the trees can lean against when they're tired, which is most of the time, because the heat will do that to you. Thunderstorms bookend the sky every afternoon, sometimes sailing past to the north, [...]