One year later: the most hilarious and awesome pictures from the SOTG release


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One year ago today, my book Something Other than God was released. It took me five years, three complete re-writes, and lots of phone calls where I got off the phone with my literary agent and cried before I got it right. (You will not find a bunch of whining from me on this subject if you… [Continue Reading]

Look at these wonderful pictures! (Also: We have contest winners!)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve spent the past week going through the entries to the Something Other than God release party contest, and, along with my esteemed contest review board (read: Joe, Hallie, and the occasional neighbor who wandered by when we were looking at entries while the kids played outside), we have chosen winners! Thank you all so… [Continue Reading]

What do you get when you mix wine, tequila, and bacon? A drink inspired by my life story.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I had already planned to do a post today reminding everyone of the fabulous #SOTG contests — because who can deal with looking up old posts to find all the terms? — and Kelly Mantoan just made my job a whole lot easier by giving me something new and fabulous to post with it. We… [Continue Reading]

Driving a monster truck to EWTN: the tale of the first 24 hours of my media tour (with a special guest illustrator!)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Gather round, internet, for I have a tale to share with you. This is the kind of story that would be better heard by a roaring fire, each of us holding goblets of mead, a man in a horned hat rattling clam shells in the background. And like all great epics, it requires illustrations… [Continue Reading]

A few gems from the inbox


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I know that you all cleared off your calendars and have been doing nothing but hitting refresh on my blog since I announced that we’d have pictures from Heather this week, so I wanted to assure you that they are coming. She texted me a few tonight, and they are everything I dreamed they… [Continue Reading]

The books are finally starting to arrive! I’m extending the giveaway deadline!


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail After widespread shipping delays, people are finally getting their copies of Something Other than God! There really aren’t words to describe how it feels to see pictures of the book, being held by real people, all across the globe. Since a few folks are still waiting for their copies to come in, I’m extending… [Continue Reading]

I cry every time I watch this video about the book. It is just that awesome.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Two weeks ago I set out to create a video in which writer friends took turns reading excerpts from Something Other than God. I wanted to create a video that would give viewers a feel for the content of the book, while also involving people you might know who have been there for me… [Continue Reading]

What I’m trying to say is: MY BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY!!!!

Something Other than God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I wrote the first chapter of the first draft of Something Other than God in the summer of 2008, so you can imagine how surreal it is to me to be able to tell you that the book will be released this coming Tuesday, April 29th. It’s not just a Word document that ruins… [Continue Reading]

5 big ideas that changed my life

Combat peer orientation by raising shut-ins!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every now and then I like to take a step back and examine my worldview. I ask: What core beliefs define my outlook? What are the characteristics of the lens through which I see the world? I was pondering the subject while putting away laundry yesterday, and I came up with a list of key… [Continue Reading]

The Family-First Creative: A little thank-you gift from me, to you

The Family-First Creative

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did. Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you: I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders… [Continue Reading]