Journal

On Labels (I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends?)

I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends? It’s a question we shouldn’t have to ask, but we still do. I’ve had friends over the years who’ve held a range of beliefs outside of my Christian faith—Islam, Hinduism, Animism, Judaism, Paganism, and no religious affiliation being a few among them. Some were Christians once and…
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On Inviting

“It’s up to you, but I think we should consider killing _________ [insert character name].”  I was reminded today of a phone call I had with my editor some time back. She’d received my manuscript and in reading it through, had that key suggestion for our book. Without even thinking, I chimed in: “Yes — Good! Let’s…
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On Prayer (I’m a Christian Who Doesn’t Pray)

It’s a surprising line, right? But it’s true.  I just spent a glorious weekend at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference. I left St. Louis after four days of coffee dates with author friends, tons of hugs, amazing worship time, watching friends win Carol Awards, and laughing too many times to count. It…
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