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A Story for God’s Glory

Do you like biographies? Maybe it’s the dozens of missionary life stories I had to read in Bible college, but I’ll admit my reluctance to receive this particular book from a coworker, let alone read it. Hearts of Fire shares cameos about eight women of the persecuted church around the world, collected by The Voice…

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In Pursuit of the White Stag

Legends of a White Stag turn up in many mythologies and folktales throughout the world. The stag or hart (male deer, buck) symbolizes a variety of themes. It shows up in my Pursuit of the Pudú and turns in a cameo appearance in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The connections—historical,…

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The Warrior’s Armor Bearer

Dear friends and readers, I’ve never written a blog post this personal. I’ve never reached out with this kind of request before. But first I’d like to retell an obscure story about Prince Jonathan’s armor bearer, found in the historical book of I Samuel in the Bible. Jonathan, the son and heir of Israel’s first…

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The Love Manifesto

Love makes the world go ’round, and every novel is about love. That’s a bold statement. However, not only all the fiction I write but most of the fiction I read centers to one degree or another around love or a love interest. If it’s not a romance per se, it certainly weaves a romantic…

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Tea Writes

On a recent road trip across the Andes and the Argentine pampas, we brought back several kilos of yerba mate, an herbal tea commonly served in most of the southern cone of South America. A few months ago, I promised another post about my collection of tea tins. Like the “tea rites” of mate, many…

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My Favorite Books of 2023

Lists are fun, aren’t they? Several of my fellow bloggers have recently shared their top reads of 2023, so I thought it was high time for my (more or less) annual list of favorite books too. Usually, it’s a challenge to choose just a few favs out of 100 (+/- again) books read over the…

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4 De-Decorating Epiphanies

What is an epiphany? The original Greek root means “revelation.” In our modern vocabulary, the word carries the idea of a serendipitous discovery, a moment of sudden mental or emotional clarity. So what epiphanies occurred to me this past week as I took down and packed away the Christmas decorations for another year? For one…

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The Gift of a Wonderful Life

It’s a weary world, isn’t it? Often woeful, sometimes wacky, and perhaps, we ponder, worthless. But not to dishearten you! It’s a wonderful world too, which is why every Christmas Eve I give myself the lovely gift of watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Because, in spite of everything, life itself comes to us…

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The Search for Rose Michaud

It’s over for another year. Not the search, but National Novel Writing Month. I’m able to say now that I’m a three-time “winner” of NaNoWriMo, although I’m not sure what that means to anyone, even including myself. But writing 50,000 words in The Search for Rose Michaud at least started me on the path to…

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Living in the Sweet Spot

Did you miss me? I’ve been living in the land of Overwhelm the last few months and need to get back on track, whatever that is. How I long to be able to snuggle into the sweet spot of Just Enough—of time and resources, rest, play, and work. My husband and I’ve been out straight…

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Nuggets of Wisdom

I just returned from a walk on our local beach here in Totoralillo, rumored to be the best in the region. No, I didn’t have a piña colada, but the fruit sundae booths, churro carts, and ceviche shops are already doing booming business. I didn’t wear flip-flops either, because as you may remember, it’s still…