After the tough go-round with the last two agents, we talked for at least an hour. I called my mom, Maddie’s biggest fan, and tried to get ahold of my husband, who got back to me after we left the …

Pitching to Agents Part 3: Turning Negative into Positive Read more »

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As I wrote last week, Maddie and I attended a writing conference where we pitched our books to ten agents. I thought long and hard about how much to share about our personal life, as well as the conference we …

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Some people can walk up to other people and with the childlike confidence or perhaps innocence make a new friend. Like when we were in elementary school and landed on the ground after jumping down from the monkey bars. We …

My First Friend on the Mountain Read more »

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We live in confusing times. I keep turning thoughts over as I peruse headlines and spot pictures of men carrying sticks, pipes and guns while supposedly enjoying their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. I get stuck in weird places. …

The Confusion of Charlottesville Read more »

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I read a passage in Paul’s 1 Corinthians 11:5-6 the other day that got me scratching my head. In it, Paul argues that in an orderly church, a woman who prophesies must have her head covered, or else get her …

Paul is No Friend of Women: Head Coverings Read more »

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I generally don’t write about popular culture because what’s now popular in culture doesn’t resonate with my sensibilities. I’m more interested in the Kingdom of Heaven than which celebrity is getting run over the coals in the tabloids, or who …

Hot/Crazy Matrix: Pop Culture and Souls Read more »

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Some may think I’m somehow radical because I embrace all faiths but in truth I embrace my Savior and follow his teachings in my own practice. In other words, as this poster from Zion House of Prayer states: What does …

Called to be Like Christ, not like Christians Read more »

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I seem to have lost a few friends this week over my opposition to proposed measures to ban all Muslims from the United States. Some authors might hesitate to speak out against demagogues like the erstwhile Donald Trump in fear …

Donald Trump and the Qur’an Read more »

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The Sufi and Eastern mystics say that the key to realizing God is to empty yourself and they’re right. Once you empty out all the things of this world, the wantings and longings driven by ego and directed at fulfilling …

The Great Mystery: Love Read more »

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He fidgets. We wait. He jumps up, runs over to the machine and looks all herky-jerky, happy, just wanting to play with one of those toys they give to kids. You know the toys, right? They’re packed into this glass …

My Son: Holding Tight, Not Letting Go Read more »

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