When you look back at the end of your life some day, will you be able to say that you were an audacious, brave and creative artist? If you want to cultivate a beautiful life, don’t be lulled by the anti-artistic Siren songs of safety and a risk-free life. When I look back at the end of my life, I want to see audacious, brave and creative risks taken so when I breath my last breath, I know I’ll be waking up in beautiful kingdom knowing I lived well in this one. Throw in courage, kindness, loving, humble and generous… those are a few more adjectives I want to describe my life.
My family and I recently went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not only did we laugh and love the movie, I was inspired by Ben Stiller’s character breaking out of safety, security, and mediocrity by becoming the man he dreamed of being: Audacious, Brave and Creative!
In my desire, struggle and journey to cultivate a beautiful life, one of the most helpful things I’ve learned to bring me peace is this simple truth: Leave all outcomes to God. In our work, life and relationships, if we want peace, we need to let go of our illusions of control and leave all outcomes to God.
Thomas Merton, one of my favorite spiritual writers, drives home this point when he writes about work and play. Read on…
[dc]A[/dc] number of years ago, following a number of discoveries I learned in the darkest chapter of my life, I wrote a book called The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. Through many years of chronic pain and the resulting depression, I discovered God getting my attention in several areas of my life. My work. My marriage. My role as a father. My friendships. And my understanding of God and my personal relationship with Him.
I hope these words from Chapter One encourage you today.
[dc]W[/dc]ondering how to write the perfect book proposal to catch a publisher’s eye? How do you make your book proposal stand out among the pile? How do you jump into the world of publishing? How do you get that first book published?
So, you’re almost finished with that new novel, collection of poetry, inspirational non-fiction book, or personal memoir, but you’re wondering, “Great, but how do I write that dang book proposal?!”
If you love to write and you’re looking for specific ways to improve your writing, I have five simple ways to help you become a better writer today. I just returned from a week’s vacation on the Big Island, where I managed to sneak in a complete read of my favorite book on writing, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. My wife knows me all too well, yet despite her objections…
What if you and I had the ability to see dead people like Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense? Growing up in a family of funeral directors, I saw lots of dead people, but what if you and I could see into the unseen spiritual world?
Here are the opening paragraphs of Chapter 2 for a new book I’m working on, God in 3D: Seeing God at Work in Your Life and the World around You. If you’d like to read the whole chapter, you can just click the link on the next page and download it for free. I’d love your comments and feedback.