No one every taught me that I was supposed to say this word aloud during the holiday season. I didn’t know that one word could mean so much during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. No one told me this one word contained so much power.

How did I miss this one word my entire life?

Not until I experienced severe loss did I begin to understand. As I describe in Fight Back With Joy, I now walk among the fellowship of the afflicted.

Perhaps you do, too.
Maybe you received the news of the diagnosis.
Faced an ongoing struggle with infertility.
Suffered through a painful miscarriage.
Received the crushing financial blow.
Discovered your spouse wasn’t being true.
Experienced a freak accident.
Had someone take something from you that you’ll never get back.
Or something worse.

If so, you, too walk among the fellowship of the afflicted.

Those who walk among the fellowship of the afflicted tend to walk tenderer, speak slower, love more intentional.

Why? Because they know the great unspeakables of pain and loss.

But even if you’ve never experienced severe suffering, you can still enter into people’s lives this holiday season with one word that will breathe life and hope and love.

Do you know the one life-giving word?

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If You’re Serious About Writing, You Can’t Afford Not to Read This

Do you or someone you know have a story to tell?

Do you or someone you love need that extra nudge to make their writing dreams a reality?

What if this year, you or the person you love (or both) give the gift of attending Writers Boot Camp for Christmas?

My friend, Jonathan Merritt, is a guru in the publishing world. He’s an award-winning faith and culture writer who serves as senior columnist for Religion News Service. He has published more than 2,000 articles in outlets such as USA Today, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Christianity Today, and CNN.comBlamo!

If that’s not enough, Jonathan has also published three books, including his most recent, Jesus is Better Than You Imagined, which Publishers Weekly described as full of “winsome writing and absorbing tales.” He has also worked as a collaborator, writing coach, and ghostwriter on dozens of other titles.

I asked Jonathan what makes the difference between people who dream about writing and those who become writers. 

You can’t afford not to read his answer:  Continue Reading...


Every year before Christmas I received a fill-in-the-blank that I didn’t think mattered.

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This week, I received a message that captures so much of what many of us think and feel:

Maeghan writes:

“I have a coloring book, and thought I would get started trying to do this as a form of relaxation during my work day. I'm a business office and I have a staff of 11. I’m always bouncing to keep things afloat.

I sat down one day this week to take a break, and couldn't bring myself to color because I WAS AFRAID OF MAKING A MISTAKE.

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Those who register for Writers Boot Camp: Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 20-22, 2016 are extraordinary people.


Because they share one common trait: they’ve decided to make the dreams of sharing their message a reality.

They’re ready to move from daydreams to deadlines, from good intentions to concrete goals.

Maybe that’s why Writers Boot Camp sells out so fast. The first three events sold out in 48 hours.

One of the very limited spots is available for YOU.

The secret on how to secure one is coming. Keep reading. Continue Reading...