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On My Bookshelf


Being a writer means being a reader:  I have to fill the creative well with words or I run the risk of running dry. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction and haven’t been disappointed—these are some of the best books I’ve read in years—including Keller’s Walking with God through Pain and Suffering and […] Read more…

The Scariest Words You’ll Ever Hear

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Ten years ago, I sat in the emergency room waiting for the results from Sam’s CT scan. Ten years ago, a doctor walked in and told him, “You have cancer,” the scariest words we could ever hear. “He’s so young,” I said. The doctor replied, “I’ve got a girl in here who’s seventeen and terminal.” […] Read more…

10 things to do over spring break


“Your life is a blank page. You write on it.”   –Donald Miller So because it’s spring break and we are celebrating local-style, (which means we are nowhere warm and sadly still running our space heaters) we will not call our week “lame” and give up in despair. Instead we will embrace the goodness of […] Read more…

One of the mistakes we believe


I noticed him sitting on the bench outside the checkout counter at Wal-Mart. A young man, waiting to pick a fight, hoping to get a response out of somebody. My daughter and I walked by, bags in hand, when the man blurted it out:  “That ain’t yo’ kid.” I knew the tone of his voice—I taught […] Read more…