Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but has anyone else ever gone to go see a Christian film in theaters simply because it was Christian? Or overlooked its flaws, plot holes, bad writing, poor humor and stiff acting for the same reason? Or recommended it to other Christians just because it's a … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Watch War Room (And Why You Don’t Have To Either)
I recently attended a writing lecture hosted by a fairly successful author whose stories I have always strongly disliked. I figured that if nothing else, I could at least gain a better understanding of why I disliked her books and writing style, and avoid them in my own writings. When she opened the floor … Continue reading In Defense of Love
I just got back from vacation. It was a whirlwind in every sense of the word. We were going full-speed from dawn till dark every day, trying to pack in as many things as we could into seven short days. Even though the entire vacation was designed for pure fun and relaxation, I actually had a … Continue reading Just Say “Thanks”
Have you ever noticed how many older books mention God? From Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre, it seems that many books written before the 20th century seem to include a copious amount of Christianity. In contrast, the majority of modern Christian stories are now sharply divided from secular stories. The secular books generally leave every trace … Continue reading Oh, That Old Time Religion!
The other day, I was talking to someone about Captain America. I said how much I admired Steve Rogers's character. "I've never really cared for him," the other person said. "He's just too nice." It's not a new sentiment - objecting to characters because they're too good. It's an objection that I've heard many times, … Continue reading No More Mr. Nice Guy
Note from September 2018: I no longer agree with or recommend this book, due to many shifts in my world view. About four years ago, I prayed earnestly for God to give me a clear sign about a young man. Was he "The One", or wasn't he? The answer I received was not at all … Continue reading It’s (Not That) Complicated
I've been enjoying a lot of new books this year. Some I received for Christmas, others I picked up at the library. While I've enjoyed nearly everything I've read so far in 2013, I have noticed something that separates the good authors from the great ones. There are dozens of things that divide the good … Continue reading And How Does That Make You Feel?
Our imaginations are like living organisms. They require food. Depending on what they are fed, they can be healthy, sleek and plump, or they can be racked with disease, emaciated, dying. Books and stories are the food that our imaginations live on. What we feed it affects our minds, our souls, and our lives. No parent … Continue reading Writing a Feast
The most comforting, nostalgic, cozy memories from my childhood are of Mom reading aloud to us at night. We would snuggle deep into our sheets, lay our heads on Mom's shoulders, and listen. Sometimes I would let my eyes follow along with the words of the story. Sometimes I'd watch Mom's face, and the expressions … Continue reading Sharing the Adventure
If I have painted one (and only one) picture, should I think of myself as a “painter” and assume that I must be gallery ready? Tens, yea, hundreds of thousands of words (ideally) should be thrown away before an editor reads anything of yours. Ideas do not a novel make. You can have the characters … Continue reading Artwork in the Attic