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In the Orthodox tradition, an icon is a picture that serves as a window to see God and an opportunity to open that window to receive something from God. Reading can work the same way: we read a devotional book or study the Bible, and the experience can be transactional. We expect to see something of God

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When do you know that you are –really– a writer? When you see a picture of your book on Amazon? When you win a writing award? When you actually hold your first published article in your actual hand? When you get your first fan letter? When wikipedia decides that you are “notable” When you read

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I recently completed several projects on, and overall, I am very pleased with them. The books look very good and the turn-around time is fast. They do a brilliant job of boxing your books: the packaging is very sturdy. I especially like the flexibility of their service: you can place your early orders conservatively

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Delays are inevitable: stuff happens. And so it is with my latest book, Clay in the Potter’s Hands.  I was on track to release the first printing in July. As it turns out, we’ve still got a way to go (technical difficulties? human error? life intervenes? all of the above?). In the meantime, you can

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I received this heartening note from my friend David Bratman: I am reading a small book called Shakespeare’s Modern Collaborators by Lukas Erne (London: Continuum, 2008), and found this gratifying, and rather familiar-sounding, statement in the Introduction (p. 1): “Shakespeare’s play texts as they reach us are the result of collaboration. What this emphasis on collaboration entails is

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