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The Green Ember Is Available for Pre-order
My Novel, The Green Ember, is Headed Your Way
My novel journey is over. Or, I guess, it’s finally beginning. It’s been a long wait, a wait that involved mountains of work. But tomorrow The Green Ember will be available for pre-sale. I’m excited about what we’ve done. And saying “we” was not one of the miny, meny typos I like to include in my […]
Why Would You Read Anything Other Than the Bible?
Great answer from Gregory Wolfe at Sojourn: Bobby Gilles: How would you respond to Christians who say, “Why would I read or watch anything that isn’t true?” or “Why read anything but the Bible?” Gregory Wolfe: You want me to answer these questions in how many words? If the Bible is a closed feedback loop […]
Why Are Storytellers Often Bad Preachers and Preachers Often Bad Storytellers?
This subject deserves more attention, but consider this a timid foray into a field with tall grass and various lurking beasts all of which this adventurer cannot hope to see. A friend recently bemoaned the apparent problem that many of our leading theologians are disconnected from good storytelling and that many of our leading storytellers […]
You Are Not C.S. Lewis
Did you know that C.S Lewis loved Beatrix Potter’s books when he was a young child? In Surprised By Joy he described an early stab of joy after reading Squirrel Nutkin. Now, few people believe Squirrel Nutkin to be world-changing stuff. It’s just a silly story. But what about The Chronicles of Narnia? What about […]
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News! My Story in a New Book
Hello, I’m Sam Smith and I approve of this massage. <finishes getting a massage> Thank you, I feel much better. I have somehow neglected to tell you guys about a project that was launched recently by Rabbit Room Press. It’s a book-length journal called The Molehill and it features many different writers, from Sally Lloyd-Jones, […]
Five Questions for Clay Clarkson, Author of Educating the WholeHearted Child
Clay Clarkson is a relatively new friend of mine, but one I greatly appreciate and treasure. His contribution at Story Warren has been crucial, both in his wonderful posts, and his wise counsel to me leading up to our launch. I treasure his friendship. Clay’s book (written with his wife, Sally), Educating the WholeHearted Child, […]
Wodehouse On Outgeneralling Critics
“A certain critic—for such men, I regret to say, do exist—made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.’ He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will […]