How to Help Someone who is Grieving

  How do you help or encourage someone who has suffered a loss? Sometimes it's incredibly simple. Our daughter Michelle died when she was a week old. It wasn't a shock; we knew it was coming. We had known since the first sonogram, … [Continue reading]

10 Things NOT to Say or Do to Bereaved People

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 … [Continue reading]

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

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 … [Continue reading]

A Powerful Movie

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 … [Continue reading]

Why Blog about Suffering?

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 … [Continue reading]

An Author’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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 … [Continue reading]