On Manifestoes

So here are some manifestos of the present day on books, education, faith, and civic life. Though their weight for good or ill, for much or little, is as yet unknown, these are some of the words that will shepherd us into our shared future.

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Want a Bestseller? Write About God…or Something…

Taken with my smudgy phone camera on my way through our local big-chain bookstore. What a menagerie! Pictured: A New Earth Eckhart Tolle’s popular Easternish mystic self-help catechism. The Shack Written by William P. Young and recommended by everyone I know, and their cousin. 😉 No less than Eugene Peterson, for crying out loud, compares […]

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On Being Broken

I am a huge fan of the listener-essay series, This I Believe, on NPR. With the tagline, “a public dialogue about belief–one essay at a time,” this reincarnation of a 1950’s radio show is a deep trove of thoughtful and beautiful writing, as well as a great resource for teaching and learning to write. If […]

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Writing Tips from Hobgoblins, Pandas, and Doves

The fantastically helpful Janice Campbell has reviewed Miss Thistlebottom’s Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer’s Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears, and Outmoded Rules of English Usage; Lynn Truss’ (or is that Truss’s?) aggressive panda is back for the kids in Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!, and from his first year English […]

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