Summer Reading Recommendations

'Tis soon to be the season for summer reading. I'm thankful to the great team at  Intervarsity's The Well for asking me to contribute a few book recommendations in their recent issue. Below are my blurbs--but be sure to check out the fine choices by the other contributors, too! You can read them all here. Summer Reads… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendations


A Few Very Fine First Lines

These past few weeks I've mostly been reading short fiction. This is also the form I'm writing right now (and it will be my focus when I attend a writing retreat in Massachusetts this June.) Today I'd like to share a few beginnings from my recent readings. Rather than a first line or first paragraph… Continue reading A Few Very Fine First Lines

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Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT

I mentioned Between Heaven and Mirth, Father James Martin's insightful book on "holy humor," in my recent reflection on Easter joy. Over at RELEVANT Magazine today I gave this book a full revew. Here's an excerpt: [W]hat so puzzles and saddens [Martin] is that those who claim to be in relationship with a loving, joy-giving… Continue reading Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT



"Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone. You are in the right way.… Continue reading Remember


Rereading Dillard’s Holy the Firm

“We sleep to time's hurdy-gurdy; we wake, if ever we wake, to the silence of God. And then, when we wake to the deep shores of time uncreated, then when the dazzling dark breaks over the far slopes of time, then it's time to toss things, like our reason, and our will; then it's time to break our necks for home. There are no events but thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.

― Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


On literacy tutorhood

Happy Family Literacy Day, readers, teachers, students, and tutors! I am grateful that my parents and family members had the time, patience, and compassion to engage in literacy activities with me. Some months ago I wrote an essay for Intervarsity.org about my literacy tutor experience, and thought I would share it here, too: On Tutorhood… Continue reading On literacy tutorhood