Eugene Peterson writes: "There are times when our grand human plans to do something for God are seen, after a night of prayer, to be a huge human distraction from what God is doing for us." As a Christian author, I can find myself stumbling over this truth time and time and time again. When … Continue reading *Not* Working For God
Every so often, when I'm reading my Bible, a line will stop me in my tracks...and not in a good way. I love the Psalms and spend a lot of time in them; I find them refreshing and challenging at the same time, a helpful tool especially when I can't find the words to pray. … Continue reading Sinful Top 100
#wellnesswednesday is on Thanksgiving Break this week. As always, dear readers, I am most grateful for YOU, for making it possible to live my dream of weaving stories that honor and glorify God. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and readership over this past year. Looking forward to many more stories to come! And don't … Continue reading Thanksgiving Break
My ten year-old fights sleep. As an infant, he went down without so much as a peep. I rarely had to rock him, he never needed a pacifier, and, if he did cry, it was only because he needed a diaper change. Babysitters and friends would constantly gush, "You're so lucky! He sleeps so well!" … Continue reading The Sinful Exhaustion of My Heart
"A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."This sentence, uttered by Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, comes as the famous wizard arrives in the Shire for Bilbo Baggins birthday party. Bilbo's nephew Frodo has seemingly been waiting hours … Continue reading Waiting for Wizards
"Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" You may have never heard of The Globe. It's possible you know nothing about PotPan or Prince Escalus or Friar John. It's even plausible that you could be in the minority of people who don't know the name of Shakespeare. But its almost inconceivable that you would not know … Continue reading Plagiarism in Verona?
I am so excited to finally be able to reveal to you all the cover for If It Rains, my upcoming novel from Tyndale House Publishers, releasing July 6, 2021! In Oklahoma, 1935, lives are determined by the dust.Fourteen-year-old Kathryn, born with a clubfoot, is separated from her family while traveling to a surgeon who … Continue reading ‘If It Rains’ Cover Reveal!
We are now three weeks into our quarantine. Three weeks into homeschooling, three weeks into food and supply rationing, three weeks into shutting off the news because I simply can't take one more ounce of doom and gloom. My mood fluctuates. Some days I feel like we're doing okay, like we're getting things down, that … Continue reading COVID-19 + Quarantine = Writer’s Block?
There's no new #historyfriday post today because today I finally get to tell you about some non-history related news! I am excited to share that my debut novel, If It Rains, will be released in Summer 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers! In case you're not an avid reader of Publisher's Weekly, here's the blurb released earlier this week: I … Continue reading A Little Bit of News
If you've ever walked the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, floated down the Mississippi River with Huck, or braved the stares of Puritan America with Hester--all without leaving the comfort of your house--then you understand the sheer magic of books. What you might not understand, however, is the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that … Continue reading Authors Are People, Too