Writing, my process

Over the last decade since Thomas Nelson published my first two books, encouraging readers have asked questions about my “writing process”: Do you write every day? Where do you get your ideas? Do you start writing a book from the beginning? …

Writing, my first book

As I mentioned in the monthly letter Q&A, a few years after God unexpectedly directed me into a speaking ministry, a wonderful acquisitions VP from Thomas Nelson asked me to write a book for them. Well, this was unexpected! Looking …

An interview with Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr.

Dr. Bishop Claude R. Alexander, Jr. is a prince among preachers and an insightful thinker. In this two-part interview, Claude speaks about the Apostle Paul’s redefinition of strength, uninvited tutors that redefine strength for us, and life events that have redefined …

Writing, my backstory

As a child, my favorite book was the dictionary—oh, what a wonder! Words upon words, like paint on a pallet or voices in a choir or instruments in an orchestra. I held each one, examining its parts, sinking into its …

Redefining Strength, part 3

Today I am writing as I travel to and from a quarterly check-up with my oncologist. For those who may be newer to my history, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013 and six weeks later opted for …

Redefining Strength, part 2

I was surprised to see him awake. Yet, there he was sitting upright in his bed as quiet as the dawn. Like me at his age, Jonathan could happily sleep in to 10 am in the summer. But something had awakened …

Redefining Strength, part 1

Fences are in many ways all talk and no bite. They mark boundaries but they cannot protect boundaries. Whether made of wire and posts or brick and mortar, fences cannot withstand the force of a raging flood. Such was the case …

An Interview with Dr. Beth Grant

For the May Monthly Letter, the topic was The Nature of Hope. I was honored to interview my dear friend Dr. Beth Grant. In this interview, Dr. Beth Grant shares about her ministry to souls scarred by human trafficking, the pervasive hopelessness …

hope, a study blog, part 3

One OT and one NT image of hope captivated me during my research. In word studies, one has to take care and be slow to assume that the same word in a different context sheds light on the word’s meaning …

Hope, a study blog, part 2

What do you hope for? What do you hope in? We hope for education. Have we placed our hope in being educated? We hope for peace. Have we placed our hope in being peaceful? We hope for health. Have we …