Five years ago, I preached on the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4, and how we sometimes treat life as a test for God. So...if my husband is healed of cancer, then hurrah!--God passes the test, and I know God cares for me. Or if everything goes well at work, then hurrah!--God passes that test, … Continue reading Hurrah! God Loves Us!
When my first book proposal was turned down, I submitted it to another publisher, and another, and another, until eight publishers later, my manuscript finally found a home. That's when I decided to re-read my manuscript, and felt immediately dismayed. You see, every time my proposal got returned, I simply wrote a new cover letter, … Continue reading Can a Gratitude Journal Make You More Hopeful?
I like to think of Jerome Segers and Lijsken Dircks as the Romeo and Juliet of Anabaptist history. Like Shakespeare’s young lovers, Jerome and Lijsken loved one another deeply, became separated against their will, and tragically died apart. But unlike the fictional Romeo and Juliet, Jerome and Lijsken lived real flesh and blood lives, and … Continue reading Love Letters from Prison and the Ultimate Act of Faith
Last week I didn't make my daily Lenten walk to the mailbox for the very good reason that my husband and I were away for our first-ever trip to Hawaii! I'm sure we looked like just another couple of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and leis (and no, we did not get matching outfits!), but for … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Skipped the Second Week of Lent
The winter issue of B.C. BookWorld lists 25 B.C. couples who both write books. No, Gary and April Yamasaki aren't listed there with historians Roderick and Jean Barman or poets Patricia and Terence Young. We're just too far outside the literary scene, but between the two of us, we've had 10 books published (April's books, Gary's … Continue reading Authors in the House: Husband and Wife and How We Write
I read recently that writing a great book is only 20% of a writer's job, with another 80% being put into the "business" side. Yesterday was my part of that 80%---not writing, but doing a book signing for Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal at the Regent Bookstore on the campus of my alma mater, … Continue reading The Non-Celebrity Book Signing Event
Every marriage is "intercultural" to some extent as two people come together with their unique background, experiences, and personal quirks. For those who come from different countries and cultures, these personal differences can be even more complicated and magnified by their different cultural values and expectations. Intercultural Marriage: Promises & Pitfalls by Dugan Romano (Boston: … Continue reading Intercultural Marriage