Archive for the Books Category

Reading Icon-ically

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 […]

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The Principle of Human Existence? It’s a GIFT.

"Gift is the principle on which the CREATOR has based human existence; it is the most pervasive, even if little noticed, reality of our lives. We have life itself by others' gift of procreation, pregnancy, and childbirth. We are sustained in life by the good things of […]

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F770 Discovers Bandersnatch

File 770 is the one essential website for science fiction fans; Mike Glyer is one of the finest writers I have ever known. I am honored to see this coverage of BANDERSNATCH. Take a look: Diana Glyer’s New Inklings Book Posted on September 5, 2015 Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. […]

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What I Wish I Had Known Before I Became a Writer

The Steve Laube Agency just ran a blog post asking, "What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a writer?" Here is their blog post: http://www.stevelaube.com/one-thing-wish-known/ Here is my answer: When I finished the manuscript for  The Company They Keep, I  drove to Staples, packaged up the thick […]

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What Should I Read?

A couple weeks ago, I received this note from one of my students: Professor, I mentioned the idea of getting your recommendation for five of your favorite books that I need to read before I die. I know you are most likely slammed with reading and grading so take […]

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Are You a Writer?

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 […]

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Should You Give Lulu.com a Try?

I recently completed several projects on Lulu.com, 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 […]

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Clay Delay

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 […]

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Shakespeare Found Guilty of *gasp* COLLABORATION!

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 […]

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Reading “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”

Here's what it is like to read Donald Miller: I've heard all this stuff before, but it was alway spoken so politely that I could keep my umbrella up and my raincoat buttoned, but when Donald Miller says it, I am suddenly chilled to the bone and […]

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