I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. My first ambition was to co-author a fiction series in the vein of Sweet Valley High, and while my friend, Jennifer, and I completed three chapters, we eventually lost interest. To be sure, we were thinking of boys, not books.
I continued writing in high school, in college, and in graduate school, and have often thought of continuing my education to pursue my desires to teach and write.
For ten years, I have been writing for Today in the Word, a monthly devotional published by The Moody Bible Institute. There has been no better apprenticeship in learning to write biblically and clearly. When constrained to 325 words, a writer learns economy.
In 2011, our family moved to Toronto, and I began blogging to steady my life in the midst of the dizzying change. That discipline of regular writing set me on the unexpected trajectory of writing my first book. In July 2014, Intervarsity Press published Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith, a book about the importance of desire for the life of faith. That book’s success has allowed me the privilege of writing two more books: Keeping Place, which releases in May 2017; and book #3, which is, shall we say, gestating.
The tagline of this site, “In the practice of resurrection” is thrice borrowed. I found it from Eugene Peterson, who entitled the fifth and final book of his spiritual theology series, Practice Resurrection. Peterson borrowed the phrase from Wendell Berry’s poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.” “The practice of resurrection” speaks to what is central to me: following the resurrected Jesus.
We could cope – the world could cope – with a Jesus who ultimately remains a wonderful idea inside his disciples’ minds and hearts. The world cannot cope with a Jesus who comes out of the tomb, who inaugurates God’s new creation right in the middle of the old one. – N.T. Wright
I write – and live – hoping to make sense of this enormously hopeful story, which Christians have been telling for millennia: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.