The Power of Story

By |2018-03-02T16:29:57-06:00March 18th, 2016|

My work has always been about telling stories. As a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, I gathered and wrote the stories of people and organizations in the Chicago suburbs: politicians, businesspeople, ordinary citizens who [...]

Discovering your voice

By |2018-03-02T16:32:27-06:00July 1st, 2015|

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split wide open.” Muriel Rukeyser, poet, feminist, political activist What does it mean to discover and use your voice? What [...]

Is work a gift, or a curse?

By |2014-11-17T15:50:38-06:00November 17th, 2014|

I'm blogging at The High Calling channel on Pathoes.com today about work, what gives it meaning, significance and joy. Too many Christians buy into a subtle but critical theological mistake: that their work, if they [...]

How to make a living as a writer, Part 1

By |2018-03-02T16:40:44-06:00January 24th, 2014|

I’ve been working as a writer since I graduated from college almost three decades ago. Some years (when I worked full-time for a newspaper, for example, or when I wrote four books in one year) [...]

Let the Word minister to you

By |2018-03-02T16:44:42-06:00October 25th, 2012|

As the early morning light filters through the trees in my back yard, the morning glories along the deck railing lift their faces. I sit, open Bible and journal before me. The birds twitter a [...]

Deeply Loved

By |2018-03-02T18:57:22-06:00July 14th, 2012|

It's an odd feeling, reading words you've written. The process of writing a book takes long enough that you sometimes forget what you've written. After several months on the editor's desk, I received my edited [...]

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