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The Truth About Ethnic Names and Their Marks on Childhood

How saying my name over and over has become a routine

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher decided to give me a new name because it was easier to pronounce. I recall feeling flustered by the whole ordeal—like I had been causing an inconvenience for being who I was. This alone made it hard for me to reconcile one of her comments to me during reading group. She sat in the center of our half donut shaped table and said in a clear and frank tone that I was a scholar. I didn’t know what the word meant at the time but I asked around. I felt embarrassed to ask her myself—I was intimidated by her towering presence and her weekly assessments of our oral readings of poetry and prose, among other public speaking exercises.

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Interview with Emily Conrad on Justice and Heroism

A discussion about hope, faithfulness, and writing

Back in winter of 2017, I came across an announcement of Emily Conrad’s debut novel, Justice. Here, we talk about what inspired her novel, how she handles doubt, hardship, and the pitfall of perfection. This novel captures Emily’s growth as a writer just a few years after her ACFW First Impressions win (2015) and her position as an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist (2012, 2015).

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Book Review: A Pocketful of Seeds by Debbie Johnson

BOOK REVIEW

A positive new book, A Pocketful of Seeds, gathers 12 months’ worth of seed-sowing actions for each day of the year. Some seek answers; some are creative; some ask reflective questions; almost all of them calls to action. They are short opportunities to make an impact and draw out a better world by fostering an attentiveness to connect with others through love, kindness, and service.

 

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We Need Diversity by Writers of Color in Christian Publishing

 Why does Christian fiction continue to underrepresent writers of color?

There is an observable gap in Christian fiction. Currently, Christian fiction limits its boundaries to the traditional tropes: historical, romance, speculative, Amish. Long overdue are the contributions of a well of writers who are overlooked under the Christian fiction umbrella.

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Why Creativity Without God is Futile

Direction before launching into a new creative project

Here is another post referencing my takeaways from the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference at Biola University in La Mirada.

 

What if God gave us our unique gifting to get to know Him? This question is one that is not asked enough. Allen Arnold of Ransomed Heart Ministries beseeches creatives in the Lord to include God in all we do. His book, The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create, describes in very profound ways the transformative messages anchored in identity, creativity, and intimacy with God.

 

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