A Day in the Wilderness

This weekend was my church’s annual Men’s Prayer Advance. We go low budget and tent camp in the middle of nowhere with zero facilities. I live in Arizona, specifically the Phoenix area. Camping here is a reenactment of Israel’s wandering in the desert–without the manna. After several preaching sessions on spiritual disciplines, we dispersed into … More A Day in the Wilderness

Novel X Update

If you got notified of a post on Wednesday and then it disappeared, sorry about that. It was an unsuccessful test of sorts. 🙂 And finally the moment you’ve all been waiting for!!!!!!!!!! MY NOVEL HAS A NAME! Yes, I decided that my NaNoWriMo novel is going to be titled “Crossroads”. Some family members have … More Novel X Update

Christian Fiction Part 3: Appealing to Teens

Writing a story crafted toward a specific audience means appealing to its desires. The danger  for Christian writers in this area is, as always, compromise. If we write what people want in all areas, we will end up cultivating the wrong desires. I see several things written specifically to appeal to teens that can be harmful. … More Christian Fiction Part 3: Appealing to Teens

Christian Fiction Part 2: Self-Confidence

How many times have you heard a fictional character given a peptalk (or song) to boost their self-confidence? “Believe in yourself” and “follow your heart” are oft repeated phrases on film and paper. In a character’s darkest hour, where do they turn for help? How do they rise above defeat and conquer the unconquerable? The … More Christian Fiction Part 2: Self-Confidence