Monthly Archives: October 2013


Choking on Mana 4

When We Were on Fire, by my dear friend Addie Zierman, is available today and I could not be more excited for her, for you, for your chance to read her finely wrought words. Addie is not just a stellar storyteller. She is honest about her faith foibles and quick […]


Cliche: Where is thy Sting?

A few years ago, in a sudden compulsion to read something new and different, I chose the new book from a highly acclaimed and bestselling American author. I had seen her name everywhere, and so I figured, turns out wrongly, that America knew about which she spoke. While I’ve been […]


To Be or Not To Be 2

“Jeeves shimmered in with the glass, and stuck it competently on the table.” “Jeeves filtered in with the tea. ” “He moves from point to point with as little uproar as a jellyfish.” “He trickled into my room one morning with a good old cup of tea and intimated that […]


Fraught Club 2

“I didn’t want to see you.” “They told me.” “I was afraid that I’d still love you.” “I hoped that you would.” “My fear, your wish—both granted.” Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card They—those writer types who stand at podiums and pontificate and those freshman creative writing professors—they have a refrain, […]


Reliable Narrators and the Role of History

In 1921, violence erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when armed African American men—many of them returning veterans—tried to protect a young black man from lynching. By the time the Tulsa race riots were over, at least 10 whites and 26 African Americans were dead. In one African American neighborhood, white rioters […]