Thursday Thought: The Price of Easy

Let’s talk about a man named Gideon. When Gideon shows up on the scene Israel is, to put it lightly, a complete mess. They’re making the same mistake that they have countless times up to this point. It seems like every time God sends someone to
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Thursday Thought: Knowable Unknowns

I’m on a Bible reading plan that has me working through the Bible chronologically. Since I started it with the new year, I’ve spent the last few weeks hunkered down with the Israelites in the desert and, given how long they were in the desert all
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Captain Acorn Returns Update

Hello friends! I regret to announce that I’ve been forced to postpone the launch and launch event of Captain Acorn Returns. As it stands now, Captain Acorn Returns is still in the channels for distribution but is unable to be purchased as a
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Thursday Thought: The Curse of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a curse. There’s just no way around it. I don’t know of anything else that holds people captive so quietly and subtly the way perfectionism does. I’m not talking about perfectionism for wanting things to look nice or be a certain
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Top Reads of 2020: The Witches

Today on my top reads of 2020 we have a charming classic from the well-known master of children’s fiction Roald Dahl. It’s quite frankly almost criminal that I managed to get this far in life without reading Dahl’s masterpiece The Witches and yet
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Thursday Thought: Actively Still

When I was twenty, I had my first experience with anaphylaxis. It’s a long story (and quite frankly one I always get a laugh out of telling so by all means ask me about it sometime), but essentially one moment I was eating a very tasty piece of
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Thursday Thought: Nowhere to Go But Forward

There’s a maxim I have for myself in times of trouble: nowhere to go but forward. It’s a reminder not just that I’m not out of the fight, but also of the immediacy of my situation. It’s a reminder that I’ve needed more times than I care to count,
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Top Reads of 2020: I Love You, Michael Collins

My top reads of 2020 continue with Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s unexpectedly charming and poignant book I Love You, Michael Collins. Contrary to what I first thought when I first picked this book, this is not a love letter to the famed Irish
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Thursday Thought: Real Rest

It’s no secret that sometimes life just beats you down and exhausts you. I don’t think anyone will really dispute that fact. There are times in our life when everything will come crashing in and even the littlest add-on to our world will tip us
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Thursday Thought: Faith over Feelings

There are a thousand different buzzwords that float around through Christian speech. But if you were to make a word cloud of them, I’d be willing to bet that one of the biggest ones shown would be faith. It’s a word that we slap on coffee mugs,
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Top Reads of 2020: Beverly, Right Here

At the risk of sounding dangerously cliche, 2020 was quite a year to say the least. Fortunately, for everything else that happened, the world still turned and so did the pages of books. Let me tell you, there were some good books that crossed my
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Thursday Thought: Rest in the Now

No one, and I mean no one, likes the feeling of helplessness. There isn’t anybody who wakes up first thing in the morning feeling helpless and thinks “Aw yeah! This is awesome!”. It just doesn’t happen. The sensation of being weak or helpless is
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Captain Acorn Returns: Sneak Peek

With Captain Acorn Returns hitting shelves this winter, I’m just too excited for words to take readers back to the world of my favorite little squirrel. Writing this second book was an adventure in itself and I genuinely had so much fun coming up
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Thursday Thought: Advent Choices

Because it’s the advent season, most (if not all) of my bible reading has been firmly camped out in the early chapters of the gospels. Here we find powerful beginnings to the story that would turn all of humanity on its head. It starts small,
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Thursday Thought: Spiritual Lessons Learned From Coaching Football

Since I was a wee little thing, my Uncle Guy has always been a huge part of my life. A fellow writer and an even deeper thinker, the two of us have never had a conversation that was under an hour. Of all the things I’ve learned from him over the
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Captain Acorn Returns and Author Q&A

It’s coming! To say I’m excited to launch my second book doesn’t scratch the surface. It feels like so much time has passed between my first release and I’m so excited by how many people have started following my writing since then. So with that,
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Thursday Thought: The Not Always Happiest Season of All

It’s November again. Next week is Thanksgiving. The holidays are completely upon us, which is weird considering I’m pretty sure yesterday was January but whatever. We’re starting to see all the usual holiday staples, bright lights, lots of
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Thursday Thought: Crafting Courage

If everything were as it ought to be, no one would ever need courage. Unfortunately, the world is most definitely not as it ought to be and courage is constantly in high demand. No one has to be told how difficult and confusing the world is, and
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Thursday Thought: The Price of Easy

Let’s talk about a man named Gideon. When Gideon shows up on the scene Israel is, to put it lightly, a complete mess. They’re making the same mistake that they have countless times up to this point. It seems like every time God sends someone to
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Thursday Thought: Active Choice

In my Bible time, I’ve been working through the book of John. Just the other day, I was reading the last supper passage when Jesus predicts his betrayal. He’s spent the whole evening preparing and caring for his disciples, getting them ready for
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Best of the Greats: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of the best-known names in children’s literature and for good reason. His canon of works is vast and just as popular to boot.  Like many authors, Dahl started out with a day job in his writing career. Where he deviates
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Thursday Thought: Rejecting the Art of Alone

We live in a world that loves to celebrate independence. There are very few people who have no use for it. I joke regularly with people that I will be incredibly responsible about finding someone else to be responsible, but even I have a love of
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Thursday Thought: Better Than Growing

Ever heard the word Christianese? It’s the idea that in Christian circles there are certain words we use so much they become part of their own language. Christianese is a collection of overused buzzwords that have lost their punch after being the
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Best of the Greats: Hans Christian Andersen

Maybe this week’s book blog is a bit of a cheat considering it’s not on books per se. But you can’t talk about great fiction in my world without talking about Hans Christian Andersen. It would be nothing short of a crime to skip him. Known not
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Thursday Thought: Hard Work Truths

No one wakes up in the morning and thinks “You know what I want to do today? I want to do all the hard work in the world. That would be really enjoyable!”. Hard work is, no surprise here, hard. A lot of us don’t shy from the idea of hard work but
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