You know what’s scarier than looking back through your email inbox? Looking back through your neglected blog drafts. Yikes!

Nooks and crannies, folks. Dark closets. Crumpled notes. <shiver>

This time I’m just going to look away and wish you well. I hope to type up two reviews for you tomorrow! 🙂

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Even a little bit of writing

Hello! Today I’m quoting something from a health program I’m participating in (Omada). Here’s hoping it doesn’t break copyright! This post is purely for educational purposes! 🙂 Anyway, before you read the paragraph, read just this little bit: “[S]cience has shown that even a little bit of writing helps you gain clarity, reduce stress, and deal with challenges more effectively.”

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Why I love Writing Proposals

You don’t have to care, but here are some reasons why I love writing proposals.

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Dear literary agent

If I could ask a literary agent some questions, here’s where I’d start.

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Outside Lutheran publishing

When I pursued my MA in theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, sometimes I’d get annoyed at all the non-Lutheran books we were reading. I wanted to read all the good stuff before I had to discern other lenses. I’ve learned a few things since then. First, a person needs to discern no matter who the publisher is. Second, some people look down on books from outside Lutheran publishing no matter what. Lutherans can be so “Lutheran-focused” that good stuff can slip right by.

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God’s Calling in Marriage

From time to time Bible studies or small groups study Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenthood, and Childhood. Great! Sometimes individuals even contact me to see if a study guide has been developed (No, but maybe soon!). Happily, this time, I was able to have a lovely series of chats with Marie MacPherson of Into Your Hands LLC and Hausvater, resulting in the interview linked below.
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Passion plus Thought

I’m going to park this article here so I can periodically reread it. I recommend you do the same. 🙂 The thesis is “Writing equals passion plus thought,” and I think that is a breath of fresh air compared to much of the pressure we writers may put on ourselves.

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Ball keeps dribbling

I thought I was heading into a good time and place. I practiced and prepped. Got myself looking good on paper and sent in a proposal to an agent. I was going to post about how good it feels to have the ball in someone else’s court for a while! Sigh. Nope. The ball keeps dribbling.

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Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation

Lots of new releases in honor of the Reformation Anniversary. Have I mentioned this one yet? Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2017).

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Scrooge! Ba Humbug!

New find from a Lutheran novelist and it looks amazing! Scrooge and the Question of God’s Existence, written by Steve Luhring, is about doubts about God and the Christian faith. It presents the marvelous scenario, “What would happen if Scrooge’s Christmas ghosts had given time and attention to addressing the existence of God, suffering, and purpose?” It uses a holiday classic as a forum to ponder common apologetic concerns!

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