Today’s post will be a cluster of Stephen Grant reviews. The Stephen Grant series is a pretty well-known Lutheran series by Ray Keating, so it’s high time I reviewed them!
Monthly Archives: January 2017
Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid
(Translated/paraphrased by John Dryden)
1 Creator Spirit, by Whose aid
The world’s foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every humble mind;
Come, pour Thy joys on human kind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make Thy temples worthy Thee.
Yesterday I made one confession and today I have another, more funny, one regarding tally marks. (BTW, I’ve gotten some good feedback about reviews/reviewing. Stay tuned for more on that topic later.)
Yesterday this sickness of mine took my voice, so today I’m going to come clean. I’m going to admit that I can’t get anyone to review my books.
Characters are so hard to get right. I just read a book with arguably perfect people in it. Now I don’t mean that altogether literally—no discussion of sin or perfection was involved, but there was very little room for either personal growth or ongoing flaws.
Sickness is sweeping through my family and I’m tired of the noise of television. But why do I turn to reading vs writing?!
Another idea to share: this one on invisible struggles and theological considerations. Now, usually I’d sit on this one, because it has real appeal for me. Sadly, I’m just not writing. I need to focus on our kids—and the current lung plague sweeping through our house. People with invisible struggles are particularly likely to be overlooked and treated overly simply, even though the Church is particularly equipped to speak in love and understanding.
Maybe you thought you’d heard the last from me about the Festschrift, The Mercy of God in the Cross of Christ:Essays on Mercy in Honor of Glenn Merritt. I know I’ve already blogged about it, and the essays I contributed, but there is one more thing I’d like to announce about it.
Saw a cool article via Facebook last night discussing, “What are the stakes?” It basically posits that an audience will only read what matters to them. If the plot stakes are too low, they will either bypass your work altogether or may lose interest along the way. Basically, the story falls flat. But, as writers, we can consider our stakes from the very outset and help use them as a tool to retain focus and readability.
I had a pleasant surprise today: appreciation. Yesterday I sent in a manuscript for a little project I did for LWML and today I got a phone call about it. The caller thanked me profusely for taking the time to do the project, despite other things going on in my house. Hear that, ladies and gentlemen? Some people DO care and appreciate the time we spend writing!