10 Things NOT to Say or Do to Bereaved People

Follow me on…In 1987, my wife and I lost our daughter Michelle when she was only one week old. That was a profound, life-changing experience for both of us. For one thing, it led me to become a writer. Over the years, much of my writing has focused on grief and tragedy, and how God […]

Quick Review: The Hobbit–The Battle of the Five Armies

Follow me on…If you’re planning to see The Hobbit during the holidays, here are some suggestions for enjoying the film, particularly if you have read and loved the book. (BTW, just so you’ll know, I began reading Tolkien when I was 15 years old and have lost count of the number of times I’ve read […]

A Powerful Movie

Follow me on…As a rule, I am not a fan of Christian or Bible-themed movies. I find that most of them tend to be preachy and agenda driven. The filmmakers set out to communicate a message, and often that message takes precedence over the quality of the storytelling. I know there are exceptions, but in […]

Why Blog about Suffering?

Follow me on…Suffering is not a pleasant topic. So why am I blogging about it? The short answer is that my pastor asked me to help him with an upcoming sermon series on suffering. In preparation for that, Iā€™m going to be exploring my thoughts on the subject here on my blog. So for the […]

An Author’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Follow me on…When I wrote my mystery/thriller, “Mercy Killer,” I wanted my lead character to be struggling with a debilitating illness. Ultimately, I decided that he should be someone with ALS. As I researched about ALS and wrote the novel, I was deeply impressed by the courage of those who face this horrible disease and […]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Follow me on…Hi, I’m Jim and I’m a full-time freelance writer. I’ve been writing since the mid ’90s, and writing professionally since 2000. I have written nine books, fiction and nonfiction, and all but one have been published by major publishing houses. I have a confession to make. I struggle with crippling writer’s block. In […]