These last few months as a newbie to blogging have been a wonderful, rich time for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore and discuss themes of faith in relation to my beloved pieces of literature. It has been a tremendous privilege to hear your comments, make meaningful connections and participate in conversation with many of you. Thank you for joining me, and for the community of prayer and support here.
For the next blogging season, I will be “formally” posting once a week, aiming to continue on Tuesdays. I look forward to starting a new series entitled “Reading, Faith and Culture.” I may post content and/or announcements on other days outside of this series, but I wanted you to know when to expect a regular posting and focus from me.
I have decided to commit to a single posting a week for now, given the impending arrival of two big events in my “creative” life.
First, the manuscript for my book entitled “The Gift of the Present” with Intervarsity Press is due in a few weeks. I will need to hunker down and really focus on completing this project and then preparing it for press. I am excited about it, and will be bringing you a full description shortly, along with release information, I hope, as confirmed by the publisher. I have a sequel to Surprised by Oxford in the works too, along with a few other upcoming projects, so I will be sure to post those announcements as they come into better focus. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support!
A second (pro)creative project will be here before we know it, I am sure: the arrival of our fourth child this summer (aka our “dessert baby”). While we are definitely more “laid back” when it comes to preparing for the fourth … I am hoping to take a nap or two before the arrival and all that comes with it! This has been a more troubling pregnancy, and with all my heart I thank those of you who have prayed over it and this new life.
In the meantime, then, I would like to raise for our weekly consideration issues related to the intersection of reading and faith in our culture today. I am intrigued to explore what our relationship to words as followers of the Word should be. How do we as Christians translate Scripture into living? How do we model Christ to others through the “speech” of not only our mouths, but our actions and silences? How is “reading,” in all its multifarious forms, part of our calling, duty and joy as believers? What is the future of reading and what should we be upholding in our society today, for our children, for our fellowship, for our critics, for our own amelioration – and – most importantly – for our Lord?
I welcome any suggestions for the series that you may have: questions you wish to explore about the act of reading itself and faith; issues you wish to share or debate; concerns or suggestions you have about helping to make our faith more thoughtful, engaging and substantive – and spreading this to a larger culture much in need of it.
I look forward to a wonderful journey ahead, through babes, books and betterment in Christ!
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