On Saying Thank You

“Tell everyone you meet, ‘thank you.’” Not a bad idea, but it wasn’t mine. As I sat in my pink chair praying about an upcoming trip, that sentence popped into my mind. Since no one else was home, obviously, it came from God. Easy. I could do that. But I thought the message silly. I […]

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Mr. & Mrs Luther in Fact and Fiction

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Luther have been the subject of two important books in the last year. The first, Luther and Katharina: a Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund, won last year’s Christy Award for the best historical fiction of the year. It’s a novel, therefore it’s fiction. The second came out in January 2017: […]

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Martin Luther and Modern Times

Luther

Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door 500 years ago. The actual date is October 31, but throughout 2017 Lutherans–of which I am one–will be remembering the monk and his actions. Celebrating for the most part. I don’t actually know a lot about Martin Luther, the person, but I’m learning. Was he a […]

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Shorthand and Oswald Chambers

Shorthand, or stenography, is the key to all the works of Oswald Chambers. Why? Because all his books were the result of his wife Biddy “taking down” everythingi he said in his lectures. She then turned those notes into the 30 books, including My Utmost for His Highest, that make up the Oswald Chambers canon. […]

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How I Recognize God’s Voice

I heard God’s voice today. Oh, not in an audible way, but in a clearly recognizable way. This is how. As a writer, I understand “voice” is a term for how I differentiate my characters from each other in a manuscript. Readers should be able to read my dialogue and recognize which character is speaking without being told–because they […]

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