Join Us for an Aspiring Authors Workshop

Join Us for an Aspiring Authors Workshop

AspiringAuthors_Update-01As many of you may know, I have been working as an Acquisitions Editor* at Moody Publishers now for a little over a year. It has been one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. I love meeting authors and developing ideas. I enjoy the ministry I get to do whether through serving other writers or analyzing the landscape of the Church and her needs, or thinking of a book that will serve generations to come. It’s been a real joy. Along the way, I’ve also encountered aspiring authors with a lot of questions. That’s why I’m excited to invite you to our Aspiring Authors Workshop!

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and for Moody Publishers to get to know you!
Join Drew Dyck, Randall Payleitner, and me in this 90-minute virtual workshop event on Saturday, August 14, at 9:00 am (CST). You’ll learn about the publishing process at Moody Publishers, hear all about publishing from the writing process to best practices for proposals, and more. There will also be a time for Q&A for you to ask your burning questions.
Here’s what is unique about this workshop: we aren’t only looking to engage with those interested in learning, but I am praying that we will meet future Moody authors. As a result, space is limited, so sign up now.

Register here:

*(Here’s a post where I share more about my job:

FREE Creative God, Colorful Us Leaders Guide and Discount through March

FREE Creative God, Colorful Us Leaders Guide and Discount through March

I am excited to share that Moody Publishers is offering an incredible discount for Creative God, Colorful Us for your church or ministry through the month of March!

But not only do you receive a deep discount on bulk orders, I’ve also provided a Creative God, Colorful Us Leaders Guide with your order to help you as you teach the next generation. You can learn more and download it here:

I hope that these resources are a blessing to you! Next week, I’ll be sharing unique ways you can utilize Creative God, Colorful Us in your ministry to students.

For the discount at Moody Publishers orders can be placed by calling Customer Service at (800)678-8812

To download your Leaders Guide head to:

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Black History Month 2021 Week 1: History through Food and Entertainment

Black History Month 2021 Week 1: History through Food and Entertainment

As I mentioned last week, our family will be celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth through various experiences. This week’s theme was experiencing the history of food and entertainment.

Entertainment and History combined: 

Cicely Tyson, an incredibly talented and versatile actress, died on Jan 28. She was 96.  We decided this would be a good time to watch her film that earned her an Oscar nomination, “Sounder.”  I won’t tell you everything about the movie but set in 1933 Louisiana; it does highlight the injustice of the prison system, inequality in education, and the labor-intensive life of sharecroppers.

The movie is also filled with history and literature. Women read from W.E.B. Du Bois, and talked about Harriet Tubman and Crispus Attucks. And I loved the depiction of a strong Black marriage and family that loved each other deeply and longed to see everyone thrive. To see that was on the big screen in 1972, when the film was made, encourages me.


We ate at a Nashville favorite: Prince’s Hot Chicken. While there, I got to chat with the owner, Ms. Andre Prince Jeffries, the original owner Thorton Prince’s great-niece. It is a Black-owned business founded in 1945. The story goes that Thorton Prince believed her husband was cheating, so instead of confronting him, she wanted to feed him extra-spicy chicken. Thinking she was about to stick it to him, she fed it to him and surprise, he loved it! I don’t know what happened to the marriage, but I do know that she went on to make that chicken for the general public.

At home, we ate recipes out of Bibi’s Kitchen featuring recipes from African grandmothers. This week’s meals were by Ma Gehennet from Eritrea. One was a delicious beef stew called, Firfir. Delicious! And a stewed spinach dish called Zebhi Hamili. Thern and the kids loved these dishes!

Next week’s theme is music!





Black History Month 2021

Black History Month 2021

If you’ve followed me or read my work for long, you’ll know that I have a desire to provide a refreshing narrative to our conversation regarding race and ethnicity. In short, I desire for us to do more delighting, celebrating, and enjoying our differences. To celebrate, my family has taken an intentional approach to Black History Month, and frankly, our life in general.

Last year we cooked through the book Jubilee. Delicious!

Each week we focused on an artist, inventor, historian, musician, or someone related to the recipe’s region of origin. It was a blast!

This year we are taking a different approach. Instead of studying history, we are going to walk through it.

We are focusing our attention on experiencing Black history. Here’s a weekly guide to our Black History Month celebration:

 Week 1) We will trace the steps of the Nashville sit-ins through a self-guided tour provided by the city.

 Week 2) We are visiting the new African American Music Museum here in Music City.

 Week 3) We will learn negro spirituals led by my friend and worship leader Tammy Bulluck (via zoom!)

 Week 4) We will make our way to a famous Black-owned business in town, likely Prince’s Hot Chicken.

But don’t you dare thinking cooking won’t be involved!

Since the experiences will focus on African American culture, I thought it would be fun to focus the food on Africa. Each week I’ll be cooking through In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean.

 Each week I’ll share what we did and a taste of what we learned.

 Join us!

I Have A YouTube Channel!

I Have A YouTube Channel!

Hey Faithful Readers and Friends,

After a year of wrestling with the idea, I’ve finally pulled the plug and started a tube channel. One of the main reasons is that I am so busy writing longer-form material and serving Moody Publishers and our authors that I realized writing blogs and shorter articles had become next to impossible. A YouTube channel allows me the opportunity to share more than just my thoughts on current events or devotionals–although I will also do that–I get to do fun things like Chats With My Friends or have guests or even cook! The opportunities are endless.

The YouTube channel will match my blog in that it will still be where life and faith collide. And I will continue to update this site, so please don’t unsubscribe here! But if you’d like to keep up with my videos, subscribe at my youtube channel:

Looking forward to seeing you there!