I recently scored a little gig writing study questions. It’s pretty nice: read essays, think about it, and write up some related questions to help digest or apply the material. The essays are on mercy, which is a subject particularly close to my heart, and I’ll be happy to announce that book when it gets released sometime around October.
Monthly Archives: September 2016
I’ve mentioned Rev. Chris Thoma (LCMS) before, but it’s time to introduce him again. His latest book, The Angels’ Portion, Volume II, is now available.
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Prayers for Writers
I decided to reread my latest book, Blessed. Knowing it as I do, I was able to read most of it in a few hours. Three things struck me: 1) Maybe I don’t want to read reviews about it, because 2) I think I should have written it at an easier reading level. Don’t get me wrong, it’s insightful. I wouldn’t discourage you from buying it, but I found myself 3) actually praying, “Why didn’t I just spit it out?!” Prayers for writers, people. We should write some. And possibly include them in that essay book we’ve talked about on and off.
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Strong as Death Giveaway
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m going to try another method of giveaway. To enter this Strong as Death Giveaway, comment on this post for a chance to win one copy of Strong as Death: Selected Poems by Rev. Chris Matthis (LCMS). I will mail the complimentary copy to the winner after randomly selecting a comment after Friday, September 23rd. Until then I will use a post-script on posts to link back to this entry, so it shouldn’t be lost to spotty blog-checking. Sound fair? Let me know your giveaway preferences! Below is my review.
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Spiritual Warfare in America
A few months ago, I wrote a post about exorcism and how our understanding of it can reveal itself in our writing, intentionally or otherwise. Happily, I’ve learned that my husband’s theological book club chose one of the books I mentioned for their next meeting. Therefore, below find my review of Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America, written by Rev. Robert Bennett (LCMS).
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Lutheran Writers’ Blog Roll
Earlier this summer, I mentioned wanting a page dedicated to a Lutheran Writers’ Blog Roll. Today is its debut.
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Hymn Writing Opportunity
Ok, poets and poetesses. A hymn writing opportunity is as common as a Sunday and as rare as a blue moon. Thankfully, I’ve learned of a symposium for LCMS hymn writers and translators: Fresh Hymns of Thankful Praise Arise. And, if you are not a hymn writer, rejoice that the LCMS cares about them enough to have this get together!
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We cannot help but use our imaginations
Long overdue, I’ve started reading Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith. Now that I’m homeschooling three kiddos, with three younger underfoot, -desk, and -sight, I suspect this will take awhile! But I hope you can be encouraged to write while I blog little bits of it here and there. To begin with, let us consider this thought: “We cannot help but use our imaginations” (p. 15).
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I’m trying to review more, which is nice because it means reading more! Still, I’m stumbling on something that keeps coming up. I know it must be a style thing, but I don’t actually see how paragraphs and paragraph lengths are style rather than organization.
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Sequels are supposed to come second, so why in the world am I torn between writing a first and second novel? Shouldn’t I recognize the starting place?
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