The Confidence and Courage of a Quiet Spirit

One of the benefits of blogging is getting free books, although as other bloggers have already discovered, I'm learning that sometimes that can be too much of a good thing. I love reading, and I can read fast when I want to, but it's just not possible to keep up with all of the requests … Continue reading The Confidence and Courage of a Quiet Spirit

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How to Make Friends with your Email Inbox

This week I read about a modest proposal for eliminating email. After all, email can be time-consuming, adds extra pressure to an already stressful workplace, fragments attention, and can sometimes feel like a never-ending black hole. One friend says bluntly, “I hate email.” Some have written about taming the email monster, and others have already … Continue reading How to Make Friends with your Email Inbox

If You Want to Change the World

I'm blown away at what God does when we say yes and do it afraid, says Grace Fox, author of eight books, including Moving from Fear to Freedom, which is both a book and an award-winning DVD-based Bible study. From writing her first book to her first magazine articles, producing her Bible study DVD to working … Continue reading If You Want to Change the World

23 of the Most Important Lessons on Writing and Life

Everyone is a writer. Yes, even those of you who think you don't like writing, who don't journal or blog, who've never written a book or dreamed of writing the next Great Novel. Everyone is a writer, because we're all writing the story of our lives--if not with pen on paper or at the computer, then … Continue reading 23 of the Most Important Lessons on Writing and Life

Authors in the House: Husband and Wife and How We Write

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

Writing FAQ: how do you find time to write?

At a church leaders' retreat last month, we talked about having an I don't do list as a way of making time for sacred pauses in life and ministry. The things we don't do make it possible to do some other things. The things we say No to allow us to say Yes to other things. In this post I share some of the I don't do items discussed at the retreat and my own I don't do list that allows me to write.