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Succeeding Together

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Told my Sunday school class this morning that we succeed together in the body of Christ or we don’t succeed at all (I Cor. 12:26). They proceeded to prove it to me with their overwhelming support as I nervously got ready to speak in church. Jesus strengthened and encouraged me today, and He did it […]

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A Full Saturday

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Working on my sermon (much clearer than last night; whew!), reading student journals, cleaning the hot tub, reviewing a book for the creative writing class, catching up on emails and FaceBook, practicing harmonica (took it up this year; trying to learn to “bend” notes today), eating out with Char in Amarillo (Abuelos–AC faculty get 20% […]

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Keep It Real

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Keep it real. It’s the advice of Lee Gutkind, Arizona State University professor and the guru of creative nonfiction in American writing. His words have become my motto, which is why I’m so blatantly honest about my failures in I Saw Jesus This Morning.   Could that kind of candor lead to personal embarrassment and […]

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Not by Might, nor by Power

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“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Translation–I don’t want to market this book with gimmicky PR stuff that sounds phony, is pushy, and alienates friends and family. Sounds easy, but sometimes the line seems pretty fuzzy. Would appreciate your prayer. A couple of promising notes today: […]

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The Second Great Surprise

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I’ve was asked to speak this Sunday at our Methodist church in Canyon. I’ve decided to talk about the disciples on the Emmaus road in Luke 24 and what I call “the great surprise.” Their great surprise is the same as that of the shepherds in Luke 2. God had come down to earth. He lived in […]

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Writers’ Block

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I’ve spent much of my career teaching students to overcome it. Seems fear is the major culprit: fear of failure, of not being good enough. Today, I’m wondering if I have a similar problem marketing the book. What if my efforts don’t work? What if readers don’t like my stuff? I have my students write in journals […]

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Hopeful and Unsure

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Hopeful because it worked. Our first small group that studied ISJTM together exceeded expectations. It’s amazing what happens when we let Him be Him to each other. Uncertain because  I don’t know how to get others to do the same. Wish I could show brief clips of our trial group. I play these mental movie […]

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It’s the Message, Stupid.

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OK; I’m going to try to do this every day even if it’s late. Today, I read journals and hiked the canyon at Hidden Falls. Also, got my Sunday school lesson ready since we have guests coming tomorrow. Not much time to think about the book. So here’s what hit me while going up and […]

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Like The Shack?

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Someone asked if The Shack had an influence on my story. Actually, I was telling my story before William Young published his novel. However, Young did prompt me to decide to self-publish, to partner with others to form Fortis Press. Major publishers don’t have a good record putting out unorthodox stories. The Shack is one, […]

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A New Beginning

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OK. I’m starting something new. I’ve decided to write short narratives each day here. The subject: a year in the live of a writer, a writer publishing a new book after a long hiatus. I’ll keep you up on the developments and my responses to them. Today, met with Clark to talk about marketing to small […]