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The Value of a Review (and a Giveaway!)

“You should try this restaurant! It has fresh ingredients, and the service is fast. The atmosphere is catered to those who love the outdoors.” “Sounds great! So, you’ve tried it?” “Tried it?! I own it!” Tell me, what do you think of the restaurant review now? Sometimes, I feel this way as an author. In fact, it’s a pretty big …

Big News for Summer Reading

Hello! It’s hard to believe that it’s been one week since the release of The Messengers: Revealed! So much has been happening, it’s hard to keep track of it all. But! That doesn’t mean I won’t try. So how’s this for starters? For TODAY ONLY, Concordia Publishing House is offering a HUGE sale on the trilogy! If you buy all …

Book Trailers

I love book trailers. There’s something about using text, image, and music to set the tone for a story. And there’s something about capturing an entire novel in one minute. Concordia Publishing House has done a fantastic job capturing The Messengers series in a series of videos. And the last trailer is out! To celebrate, here are all three videos, …

New Choral Releases!

It’s an exciting day! Concordia Publishing House is releasing its 2018 music, and I can’t stop smiling. There’s a whole playlist full of recordings to enjoy! Today, I thought I’d take a moment to share my two contributions to the long list of choral pieces, which will also serve as a follow-up to two of my previous blog posts. In December, …

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On Writing a Hymn

Not long ago, an author friend of mine asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog. My first guest post! Her series, Masterfully Crafted, focuses on how we are God’s craftsmanship, equipped to craft creations of our own. It’s great! Each week, there’s a devotional blog post and then a tutorial. Her name is Sarah Baughman, …

Writing Ideas: Part Two

“Mom. Mom! Can you fill this out with me?” My daughter wants to be an author/illustrator, and I’m pretty sure she’d write circles around me if I were in her class. But I’d never looked to her for specific writing tips or prompts before. That’s about to change. It was Sunday, and I was exhausted after hours of moving all …

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A Note to My Readers

A little while ago, I wrote a blog about the scariest part of writing. The answer? Readers. Crazy as it sounds, it can be intimidating to share a piece of yourself with someone else! But today, I want to talk about one of the very best aspects of writing. What is that? Readers. I know, I know. I pull rhetorical …

Bittersweet

A few weeks ago, I was teaching someone the English word bittersweet. English is the fourth language my friend has learned, and his interest in the word reminded me of this special term we have. Bittersweet helps to explain why several of my friends and I expressed a love for the Good Friday services. It helps to explain why Lenten …

Writing Ideas: Part One

Hey there! In the mood to write? Not sure what to write about? No sweat. The hardest part to writing well is making writing a practice. So the “what” on any given day doesn’t matter nearly as much as taking a few minutes to write something. Anything! And so today (and from time to time in future posts), I’m going …

First Look at Revealed

It’s always great fun to talk about a new project. So when Hannah Osborne of Concordia Publishing House asked me about The Messengers: Revealed, I jumped at the chance to talk about it. Click here to read the 60-second interview, plus check out the first chapter of my upcoming novel!