My project: a novel for 12-14-year-olds

sad_boy_cassandra_jowettI’ve been up to a lot of things lately, and one of them is finally finishing a book that I am proud of, after working to learn the novel-writing craft since 2006. Working title: Bridge Over Sugar Creek.

It’s Missouri, 1968. Ollie, a fourteen-year-old boy new in town, just wants some friends to play baseball with. But when he reaches out across a racial barrier to a boy who lives on the wrong side of the creek, he gets bullied.

Does he back off? And what does he do when his new friends are targeted by thugs? Can he find courage to help? Where does courage come from?

Sojo, age twelve and African-American, sees angels (as shafts of light) and demons (as shadowy beings). She wants her family to accept her and believe her, not talk about locking her up. And she sees that there’s an angel following Ollie everywhere he goes.

This is the first book of a series based in the fictional town of Sugar Creek, a St. Louis suburb. Stay tuned for more!

Tag! You’re it!

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I agreed to be part of a blog hop, but I've decided to change the rules (because I don't want to talk about myself right now). Let's play tag! Blog tag! I'm tagging these inspirational writers' blogs as places for you to explore and be blessed. … [Continue reading]

Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, a review

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Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, Book Two of Fast Track Thrillers Published 2014 by Oak Tara Publishers Genre: Christian thriller with sci-fi elements Joanne Van Der Haas discovers that her beloved boss George is accused of selling big-time … [Continue reading]

Reaching out through fiction

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Carl Ellis Jr. tells Christians to speak into the culture, affirming core Biblical values without necessarily naming them as Biblical, in order to nudge the culture back toward Biblical norms and begin the process of preparing the soil for planting, … [Continue reading]

Christians can make a difference in a pagan culture

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In my last post I asserted that our culture is no longer Christian, and I expect you agree with me. Or perhaps you are surprised to hear me assert that because you are young enough to have no memory of a time when the culture did at least give lip … [Continue reading]

What we learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther

My Bible study group just finished a study by Tim Keller examining what we can learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther about living in a pluralistic, or pagan, society. Let me point out that that is what we are living in now, so this was a very … [Continue reading]

What makes a strong marriage?

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I was pondering the question, what makes a strong marriage? What advice would I give someone just getting married? In fact I have been in a marriage that failed, and in one (lasting 27 years so far) that's very sturdy and wonderful. So I have a … [Continue reading]

Paul Wheeler’s mission trip report

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Our son Paul Wheeler, center, spent two weeks in New Caledonia, South Pacific, witnessing to fellow college students (including the two flanking him).  It was a mission trip with Jesus Film, Inc. Here's an audio file of his report to our … [Continue reading]

Starr Tree Farm by Ellen Parker, a review

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Starr Tree Farm by Ellen Parker Published 2013 by Crimson Romance, 200 pages Genre: sweet romantic suspense Laura has been widowed just a year. She decides to move from St. Louis back to her home town in Wisconsin and finds herself farm-sitting … [Continue reading]

What are my idols?

A Bible study I am in has just finished the book of Judges. It's a story of amazing degeneration, as the children of Israel live in the land of Canaan and soon forget or ignore the God who called them there. Of course the root cause of this … [Continue reading]