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The Internet Monk’s first book

I’m a big fan of the online writings of Michael Spencer, also known as the Internet Monk. Over several years of reading his posts at both the Boarshead Tavern and at Internet Monk, I’ve come to hold him in very high regard. The Boarshead Tavern, a.k.a. the BHT, is a group blog written by a motley crew of Christians from…

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Rejoicing with my friends

The last couple of weeks have been chock-full of good news for some friends of mine. In no particular order…. Amy Wallace’s debut novel, Ransomed Dreams, has been released. It’s an action-packed, suspenseful story of a young woman who lost her family but dares to dream again, with the help of an agent with the F.B.I. Crimes Against Children unit….

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Chekhov and Snoopy and friends

I’m reading three books about writing, thanks to friends and family who really know what I like for Christmas. First, I read Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. Now I’ll have to read it again. It’s full of rule-breaking advice based on the idea that close reading of the masters will do more good than sitting through writing workshops…

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Soul Survivor

I recently re-read Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey. Subtitled “How My Faith Survived the Church,” it follows his journey through disillusionment to a stronger, smarter faith, informed not only by experience but by books that gave him glimpses into great minds. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the writers who influenced Yancey, who grew up in what he describes…

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Good books I’ve been reading

I learned this morning that Deeanne Gist has hit Number 10 on the list of best-selling Christian fiction with A Bride Most Begrudging, published by Bethany House. (You can read a bit about the book in my first post, listed in the sidebar.) I’m happy for her, and I’m happy for the readers who have picked up her book. I…

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