Does Anyone Even Read the Bible Anymore Anyway…?

When’s the last time you read through the entire Bible? This is how I feel when people ask me that question, even though I’m an avid-Bible reader: It’s okay if your answer is “Never” or “A looooong time ago.” And for those of you answering, “I’ve already read through it … Continue reading

Who Else Has a Hard Time Believing?

Several years ago, I was listening to the radio station and the host of the hour said that instead of New Year’s resolutions she liked to pick a word. A word to dwell on or define her year. I thought that was kind of cool. I mean, I like words. 😝 … Continue reading

Writing With God is Inconvenient – (2016 ACFW Conference Recap)

I’ve rewritten the start of this post at least six times, mainly because I don’t know which direction I should take when summing up this year’s ACFW Conference. Should I be goofy and talk about how I accidentally hugged a complete stranger (oops)? Should I be excited and mention how … Continue reading

How Do You Know if Writing Is God’s Plan For Your Life?

Two months ago, I spoke at the One Year Adventure Novel Conference and one point I covered in one of my talks was “How do you know if writing is God’s plan for your life?” I’ve just returned from the Realm Makers Conference where I met with a lot of authors questioning what … Continue reading

What Are You Passionate About?

Fall 2006, I sat down, nervously, in my Theology I class at Biola University. I’d heard about this professor. He was one of the best…and the hardest. I was ready to find out why. I expected to be handed a syllabus — it was the first class, after all. I anticipated the … Continue reading

“There’s Nothing Godly About Patriotism”

A professor once told me this to my face. “There’s nothing Godly about patriotism.” Now, you have to understand that I was raised by a mom who was born Canadian. She fell in love with the morals upon which America was built and finally, after a lot of work and studying, … Continue reading

I Didn’t Write My Book With the Gospel Message

That’s right. The gospel message wasn’t my focus with A Time to Die. The curse of being an author of Christian fiction is that, no matter how you deliver the spiritual message, you’re going to get reviews that say, “It was so preachy! I was drowning!” and “There wasn’t enough spiritual focus. … Continue reading