September 25th is a dark day in my life. I was sitting at my father's hospital bed with my mom and brother, watching as his breathing grew more labored until, finally, he stopped altogether. David Joseph Caplin died at around 11am on the morning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, 2014. Not long before… Continue reading Redeeming September 25th
It's a little uncomfortable when friends ask you in front of people you don't know how your new book is coming along, when the topic is suffering. What kind of person writes about that? It's not the kind of thing you want to broadcast if you're just being social at a party (not that I'm… Continue reading When hope is hard to find
This isn’t one of those books in which I assure you, from the comfort of my safe, suburban home, that everything happens for a reason. This isn’t one of those books that treats Christianity like a self-help regimen, in which I promise that if you live a certain way, you will earn Jesus Points that… Continue reading “Spinning Crap Into Fertilizer” now available for pre-order + introduction
I am thrilled to present to you the cover for my next book, Spinning Crap Into Fertilizer: How American Christianity has forgotten the necessity of suffering: When it comes to suffering, there are two kinds of people in this world… Those who say, “Crap happens,” and those who cry out, “Why is this crap happening… Continue reading Spinning Crap Into Fertilizer: cover reveal + foreword
I had the privilege of being a guest on the Author Action podcast last week to talk about my most recent book, Things You Can't Un-see: an essay collection. Host Richard Keller asks about the inspiration behind the book, how it differs from my previous books, what the writing process was like, and what projects… Continue reading Behind the scenes of ‘Things You Can’t Un-see’
The best things in life aren't "things," but when you're a writer, a screen shot like this is kind of a big deal: #199 in Kindle free books, #1 in personal growth, #1 in memoirs! I've come a long way since I first started writing books out of construction paper and crayons. Confessions of a… Continue reading ‘Confessions’ reaches bestseller status!