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My writing career began almost 20 years ago as intern at Christian Retailing magazine in Lake Mary, Florida. College provided a diploma but little of what I needed to survive in the 9 to 5 or, more important, the 5 to 9 of life.
Thrust into the world of publishing, the job became my training ground, the editors my schoolmasters, the readers my biggest fans and critics.
Countless hours were consumed with proofing, fact-checking, and the less-than-glamorous photocopying. But I learned the most about writing—and life—from hundreds of interviews.
Some people were breathtaking in their insight and depth. Others felt flimsy and shallow.
A few interviews provided rich accounts, compelling details, shocking anecdotes. Many did not. The stories that followed felt flat, unengaging.
As a naïve twentysomething, I thought the issue was them. The people.
Then one day I realized the real issue was me. Continue Reading...
The recent discovery of an unpublished letter by C.S. Lewis is raising eyebrows and interest around the globe. Penned less than two weeks before the end of World War II to a mysterious “Mrs. Ellis”, the letter provides a rare glimpse into Lewis’ definition of joy. He writes:
“Real joy … jumps under ones ribs and tickles down one’s back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o’ nights” (The Guardian).
While I adore Lewis’ lively language, I find the great scholar doing what so many have done in the church for far too long: defining joy by that which seems just out of reach.
But what if the great secrets of joy are accessible to us today? Continue Reading...
Maybe this week hasn’t gone as planned.
Long lines at the store. Grumpy customers. Only a few gifts under the tree. A misunderstanding with your in-laws. The overcooked meal. Overdraft fees. Late dinner guests. An empty home.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are often filled with lists and lines, to-dos and to-don’ts.