Would you like a signed copy of The Gift and the Defender? Great! I’m giving five copies away through GoodReads. All you have to do is clickity-click-clack… Read more “The Gift and the Defender Easter Giveaway”
What if Adam Malloy had a Christian imagination? That’s the question that popped into my head as I neared the end of Imagination Redeemed by Gene Edward… Read more “Imagination Redeemed | Book Review”
The Gift and the Defender has received positive reviews from advanced readers (see for yourself), which got me thinking that everything is awesome, and, well… this.
This is the fourth Pastor Stephen Grant Novel (see my reviews of the first three books here, here, and here), and I got to say, it’s the best… Read more “The River | Book Review”
Let’s start where ancient wisdom tells us not to and judge this book by its cover. If I didn’t know anything about S.D. Smith‘s first children’s novel or about… Read more “The Green Ember | Book Review”
Book lovers, check out the art that goes into making a book, the old fashioned way. Too cool!
I recently had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of a Ten Ways to Kill A Pastor. I loved it! Reverend Christopher Thoma does a profound… Read more “Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor | Book Review”
Today I thought you might enjoy seeing what I emailed out to subscribers a few weeks ago, the progression of The Gift and the Defender’s cover design.
Once Edward Riojas agreed to paint the cover, I provided him with a synopsis of the story. He used that to produce the initial sketch. Only two changes were made to his original concept: the shape of the shield and a sword in place of the staff. After some conversation regarding the title layout, Ed produced the next image, reflecting the changes mentioned above and providing a taste for what the finished design would look like. Not long after that he delivered the final image!
In book one of The Lumen Legends Series: The Gift and the Defender (coming soon) I introduce to the reader a group of people I refer to as… Read more “Don’t be Afraid of the Conjurers”
Ray Keating’s second Pastor Stephen Grant novel, Root of All Evil? is a fantastic follow up to Warrior Monk (click here for my review of that work). It’s… Read more “Root of All Evil? | Book Review”
This week I took time away from Grimm’s Fairy Tales to read The Elements of Style, again. I discovered new treasures, treasures that sparkled before my eyes in… Read more “The Elements of Style and the Word”
On the back cover of Lisa M. Clark’s debut thriller, The Messengers: Discovered, published by Concordia Publishing House, there is a word printed in small type: futuristic.… Read more “The Messengers: Discovered | Review”
Yesterday Kelly Schumacher of Agnus Dei Liturgical Arts was on Issues Etc. discussing the difference between contemporary and classical art in the Church. It was a great program.… Read more “The Beauty of Classical Art in the Church”
Okay, first of all I’m fully aware that I missed my Tuesday Finding Truth in the Story deadline. I’m sorry. It’s coming. But – and I know you’ll… Read more “Liturgical/Sacred Artists”
Last week I read an excellent article written by Chad Bird called, “Dream Small: The Joy Of An Unaccomplished Life.” In it he deals with the American cultural insistence that we’re supposed to dream big.
Whatever path you follow, you are told to dream big, to be all that you can be, to earn trophies that serve as icons of a life worth living… Your big dreams will come true. You will be an accomplished person, so it’ll all be worth it.
Or will it?
There are two main characters in my upcoming novel, The Gift and the Defender, and one of them, Adam Malloy, like many Americans, took a nice long swig of this particular flavor of Kool-Aid.
“…it’s about me following my dream, making the world a better place… You’ve never chased a dream… You don’t know what it’s like to want something more, to want to do great things, to climb high above the streets and shout your victory! You don’t know because you settled…”
Chad goes on to speak about another, better, way. He talks about 1 Thessalonians 4:11 and how God would have us live our lives.
To avoid any TGTD spoilers I’ll simply leave you to read Bird’s article (link above) and encourage you to read Lumen Legends: The Gift and the Defender when it comes out later this summer.
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