Thursday, March 30, 2006

My Babies are Gone

Oh dear. I just gave up a small stack of books to be displayed - and sold, I hope - at a gathering next week. And as I counted them out I realized I have only 5 copies left of my first 'baby' - The Spur of the Moment. That's a good thing, I know, but it leaves me feeling a little sad too - kind of like the empty nest syndrome - all those babies are out there somewhere and now have a life of their own. Good thing there's a good God who is in control of where they go and what they do! There I feel better now.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tragedy upon Tragedy

I just watched the film Capote, a story about a writer who became obsessed with a tragic murder. The film details his journey as he goes to the community where the murders were committed, becomes friends with the people involved and then begins to forge a relationship with the killers, all so that he can write a book about the incident. Capote is shown to be a cold, single-minded man whose only desire is to finish the book, which he calls In Cold Blood.

But a problem soon arises. The killers are given a stay of execution. The book cannot be finished until they are dead. So Capote says he prays to God that they will be hung. Eventually they are, and Capote publishes In Cold Blood. It becomes the most sought-after book in North America. In the short blurbs at the end of the film, we are told Capote’s preface to the book includes the words, “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” We are also told that Capote was never able to finish another book. His alcoholism finally caused his death.

The film is chilling for many reasons – the murders, the sad picture of two young men whose lives were damaged from the beginning, the seemingly cold manipulation of a writer who would do anything to get his story. But the thing that chilled my heart the most was that last bit of information at the end of the film. A man who was obviously very talented never used his gift again. His work and his life were ruined because of the choices he made. Most tragic of all, he never, as far as was evident, received the forgiveness that could have freed him from his guilt and torment.

There are too many of us like Truman Capote. Too many who have made wrong choices but, for whatever reason, do not recognize that there is a way to put those wrongs behind us forever. A long-ago king knew the truth about this forgiveness that is available to all of us. His name was David. He too made wrong choices that resulted in death. Yet he wrote – “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…” (Psalm 103:12-13).

God’s forgiveness is free because His Son, Jesus paid the price for us. The scriptures say that He ‘became sin’ and freed us from its grip. All we have to do is acknowledge what we have done and ask for the forgiveness that is available. Such a small step, yet it can free us to go on with our lives, to fulfill the purposes for which God created us, to move joyfully using the gifts He has given us. It is a great tragedy that Truman Capote did not make that small step. Perhaps no-one told him how. Perhaps he believed it was just too good to be true, that his sin was too great for God to forgive. Tragedy upon tragedy.

I pray that we will all turn to God and seek His forgiveness. The world needs men and women who are free, men and women who will use their gifts to God’s glory.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Great Quote

I've just started Mark Buchanan's book, The Rest of God and I know it's going to be a delight.

On his opening page he referenced 2 Peter 1:12-15 and then said this -
"These verses define what I'm about, as both a writer and a speaker; the ministry of reminding - of restating truth we already know. I do this always, and I will do it as long as I'm around, so that even after I've departed, the memory of truth will live on. I hope what I write is fresh, but there is nothing original. It's all just a reminder."

What Mark writes is always fresh and the way he writes it makes you want to slow down and savour.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


I was supposed to teach an all-day writing seminar today (Self to Story), south of Calgary. But a blizzard blew in at noon yesterday and when I heard there was a 'no tow zone' on the highway I cancelled. Disappointing, but on the bright side I have a whole 'free' day today. Time to write in my blogs, and read. And speaking of that, don't miss this story. It's powerful, beautifully written.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Wah wah. I'm feeling left out. Some friends from fif are going to Mount Hermon. Other friends from Inscribe are going to Write to Publish, and some others are going to the Festival of Faith and Writing this year. I'm not going anywhere - but I was invited to the trade fair in Evansburg AB! Sadly I had to turn it down. :)

The only consolation is that my daughter is coming home in 76 days! Yeah!

Anyway, here's a link to Grain magazine that's worth checking out.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Blogging for Brenda

First, check out this link to Brenda Coulter's new book -
Second, go to Brenda's blog at:
And then go to her home page as well, at

And congratulate her on her new 'baby' :)