Recording My This I Believe Essay

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I’m humbled today that my “This I Believe” essay is featured on the site’s homepage, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi. Totally blown away by that, actually.

On Why Telling Your Story Matters

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I was recently reminded about why it was so important to tell my story. We all have stories, all of us have unique experiences that shape who we are. Some of them are positive, wonderful and funny. Some of them are negative. They involve mistreatment and abuse and sadness. I don’t believe in telling your […]

New Book Covers

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I’m in the process of updating some of my nonfiction books. It’s been a few years, and one thing I’ve noticed is that covers have really been amped up a notch. When I started putting my books out there, I did the covers myself and that seemed to work fine for a while. But no […]

We Are Children of God

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It took me a while, years really, to grasp this concept of what it really means to be a child of God.

For God So Loved the World

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When I was a kid, the words from John 3:16 didn’t resonate with me as much as they do now. I mean, I got it, I was happy God sent Jesus because it meant we were saved, but as I get older, I see how amazing it was that God became one of us, walked […]

Because We Need to Embrace Hope

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I’ve been thinking a lot about hope. Have you ever felt like you’d been so beaten down that you couldn’t even allow hope into your heart? That you were actually afraid of hope now?

Deepest Void

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This is a very old poem about the process of forgiveness. I think it looks different for everyone at times.

With Every Breath

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A few years ago I wrote a poem that was all about letting go of negativity. How do you accomplish this? Very often when I’m stressed, I try and just take a few deep breaths.

Kiss That Scar

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This is one of my favorite poems from my book, My Soul Is From a Different Place.

Linky Saturday: May 2, 2014

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Wasn’t April fun? I so enjoyed spending poetry month with you guys. Let’s make poetry a bigger focus for all of us going forward. Deal?

The Wise Bride

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In my new book, My Soul Is From a Different Place, I wrote a poem about shame. Namely, what do we do when we have all these mistakes and painful memories waving at us every time we look back? Do we embrace them as if they defined us? Move on as if they didn’t happen?

What Is Prayer?

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Since today is the National Day of Prayer, I thought I’d share a recent poem from my latest poetry book, My Soul Is From a Different Place.