Journey To Riverbend

Michael Archer is nothing if not a man of his word. Though he was unable to save Ben Carstairs, Michael is determined to carry out Ben’s dying wish: to be reconciled with his father. Unfortunately, Sam Carstairs, one of the most ruthless businessmen on the frontier, has no use for his own son, much less a man of God seeking reconciliation. Soon after arriving in Riverbend, Michael meets and...

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Managing Anger

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Psalm 4:4 (NLT) Sometimes I think that if I followed these instructions, I’d be going to bed early every night (probably before the sun set). And I wouldn’t be talking much. Dealing with anger and irritability has plagued …

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A Dangerous Place

I’ve shared that among my favorite authors is Jacqueline Winspear and her Maisie Dobbs series. So it was with great anticipation I opened Winspear’s newest novel, #11 in the series, A Dangerous Place. My first reaction—now for something completely different… The beginning feels like a cheat at first read. Several …

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Discipline is Painful

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 (NLT) emphasis added We’ve all been disciplined for much of our lives. Our parents disciplined us, sometimes with words, and sometimes …

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Lessons of Life

This is Pillar 8, the last pillar in this series on the Writing Life. Below I share three of the lessons of life I’ve learned pursuing this dream and calling. I’ve learned so much more but sharing them would require a book. Lesson 1 Life Isn’t Fair  Or, perhaps more …

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Accepting Criticism

Many times, when I meditate on God’s Word, my eyes are drawn to encouraging and uplifting verses like John 3:16, or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” or “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” And sometimes, as only God can do, He whacks …

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Don’t Get Trapped

Pillar 6 of the Writing Life As writers, there are certain traps, misconceptions and attitudes we can fall into. If we stay in these traps too long, our writing careers will be derailed, sometimes before the first stretch of track is laid. Trap #1: Everything I write is publishable No, it’s …

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Whoever Said Writing Would Be Easy…

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Trust

Trust—in yourself and in your calling and in God—is the fourth pillar of the writing life. Years ago, my wife and I planned to drive from Rhode Island to Fort Worth, Texas so we acquired Trip Tics from AAA. These booklets plotted out every mile of the drive. When we …

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Investing in Ourselves

Pillar Three of the writing life is investing. We invest our time, our talent, and our finances in growing as writers. Alton Gansky once said he had the secret to making a small fortune in writing—start with a large fortune. We invest in our writing with the hope we will …

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