You can back our project by clicking here... The video is a little long, so feel free to skip it if you want to and just get your order in! But I have to admit that I LOVE the video. Your kids will be laughing. And here are some tips from the publisher, Andrew Mackay, on how to help... Please share the KickStarter link on social media. That would help us tremendously. (It's better … [Read more...] about The Green Ember Is Available for Pre-order
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My novel journey is over. Or, I guess, it's finally beginning. It's been a long wait, a wait that involved mountains of work. But tomorrow The Green Ember will be available for pre-sale. I'm excited about what we've done. And saying "we" was not one of the miny, meny typos I like to include in my manuscripts. The Green Ember was a team effort. The first stories that became this book … [Read more...] about My Novel, The Green Ember, is Headed Your Way
Great answer from Gregory Wolfe at Sojourn: Bobby Gilles: How would you respond to Christians who say, “Why would I read or watch anything that isn’t true?” or “Why read anything but the Bible?” Gregory Wolfe: You want me to answer these questions in how many words? If the Bible is a closed feedback loop – read me but read nothing else – then sign me up for another religion. I think it’s saying … [Read more...] about Why Would You Read Anything Other Than the Bible?
This subject deserves more attention, but consider this a timid foray into a field with tall grass and various lurking beasts all of which this adventurer cannot hope to see. A friend recently bemoaned the apparent problem that many of our leading theologians are disconnected from good storytelling and that many of our leading storytellers are disconnected from good theology. I share that … [Read more...] about Why Are Storytellers Often Bad Preachers and Preachers Often Bad Storytellers?
Did you know that C.S Lewis loved Beatrix Potter’s books when he was a young child? In Surprised By Joy he described an early stab of joy after reading Squirrel Nutkin. Now, few people believe Squirrel Nutkin to be world-changing stuff. It’s just a silly story. But what about The Chronicles of Narnia? What about The Abolition of Man? Till We Have Faces? Mere Christianity? OK, now it’s getting … [Read more...] about You Are Not C.S. Lewis
This seems a good distinction. One I need to hear right now. "Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it." Collette HT: Sally Lloyd-Jones … [Read more...] about Writer or Author?
Hello, I'm Sam Smith and I approve of this massage. <finishes getting a massage> Thank you, I feel much better. I have somehow neglected to tell you guys about a project that was launched recently by Rabbit Room Press. It's a book-length journal called The Molehill and it features many different writers, from Sally Lloyd-Jones, G.K. Chesterton, and Walt Wangerin Jr., to Rabbit Room regulars … [Read more...] about News! My Story in a New Book
Clay Clarkson is a relatively new friend of mine, but one I greatly appreciate and treasure. His contribution at Story Warren has been crucial, both in his wonderful posts, and his wise counsel to me leading up to our launch. I treasure his friendship. Clay’s book (written with his wife, Sally), Educating the WholeHearted Child, is truly wonderful. Reading it was a joy and a relief. Finally, a … [Read more...] about Five Questions for Clay Clarkson, Author of Educating the WholeHearted Child
"A certain critic—for such men, I regret to say, do exist—made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained 'all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.' He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior … [Read more...] about Wodehouse On Outgeneralling Critics
“A convict has a number instead of a name. That is the collective idea carried to its extreme. But a man in his own house may also lose his name, because he is called simply ‘Father.’ That is membership in a body. The loss of the name in both cases reminds us that there are two opposite ways of departing from isolation.” C.S. Lewis, from the essay “Membership” in, The Weight of Glory … [Read more...] about Two Different Ways To Depart From Isolation, from CSL’s “Membership”
Our character emerges from our deepest held beliefs --our deepest held religious beliefs. This is true because who or what we worship is at the root of all our moral choices. So, that’s deep, right? Well, how about an easier test? When we are watching a movie and a character does something that’s disappointing, irritating, or wicked, how do we react? We react against him and inwardly distance … [Read more...] about The “That Kind of Guy” Question
Today we launch Story Warren. Please go over there and say hello! Also, maybe consider liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and pinteresting us on Pinterest. My first post at Story Warren sort of gave a big part of the vision for the site, so maybe read that if you are interested. It's much more important than this one. But I thought I'd tell a little bit about how Story Warren was … [Read more...] about Part of the Story of Story Warren