I write creative nonfiction from a Christian perspective. Not all my writing is overtly Christian, and I enjoy raising people’s eyebrows at times, but my perspective is an orthodox, Christian one. At times, I write about things God is teaching me. Other times I recall stories from past experiences. I try very hard to keep these stories as true to life as possible, but at times I change details and identifying facts to protect the privacy of others. I’ve only been blogging for a couple years and I’m learning as I go.
The daughter of a pastor, I am also a minister. I grew up in church, around church people, in Christian schools, and have a master’s in theology. I don’t ever remember being under the impression that Christians were necessarily good people. I knew we tried to be good and we wanted to be like Christ, but I often heard of the failures, the people trying to straighten out their lives. I learned that Christianity isn’t they key to perfection, but the key to forgiveness and growth. Being like Christ is a process we’re all going through and some are farther along than others. The Bible is full of stories of the struggles of all human beings. I don’t mind sharing my own struggles if it might help someone else. David was a man after God’s own heart, and he allowed his faults and failings to be written and preserved. I’m no better than him.
It always helps me to remember that God isn’t like us. He is not a man, not human. We are made in His image, but He is not made in ours. When people hurt or disappoint us, we often question God, even blame Him. God is not the one to blame. He is our perfect example, the One to strive to be like, and the One who loves us unconditionally. That gives me such comfort and helps me when I don’t understand His ways.
When I was a child, my parents read to me constantly. I learned to love books. As soon as I was able to read for myself, I continued to devour books. In an environment where I was pretty sheltered and much of the world was censored, books never were. I have lived a thousand lives through good writing. I majored in English in college because I couldn’t believe there was actually a degree in reading books and talking about them! I love all types of books and make an effort to keep my reading list diverse. One of these days I hope to write books and actually have them published. I also do some editing and help others write their stories.
I hope you enjoy my blog, learn something that helps you along the way, and share your comments with me. I love to hear from you!