Maps: A Sonnet in The Word in the Wilderness

I was delighted when Malcolm Guite chose my sonnet “Maps” to include in his anthology The Word in the Wilderness! (My poem appears below.) The anthology has a poem a day for Lent and Easter, with a mix of classic and modern poems, and commentary on each poem; it is very good indeed, and excellent reading not only […]

Nine Notes about Not God’s Type

Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms was published in October (2014) and I’ve been pleased to see that it’s been getting quite a good reception! I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to talk about my conversion, and about apologetics, literature, and the imagination more broadly speaking, in a number of […]

A Sonnet for Mary, Mother of God

Sept. 8th is the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, and so in her honor I’m sharing a poem I wrote last year for the Annunciation. Here we celebrate a moment in history: a young woman named Mary received the news from the Archangel Gabriel that she was to be the mother of the Son of […]

Five Tips for Christian Writers

  What does it mean to be a Christian writer? On the one hand, it means no more, and no less, than to be a Christian who writes – the same as a Christian architect, or a Christian doctor or nurse, or a Christian plumber or electrician. On the other hand, there is a difference […]

Reflections on My Writing

My friend and fellow writer Kelly Belmonte invited me to contribute to a series of blog posts reflecting on writing practice (check out her contribution, and her new poetry book!) I always find it interesting to hear how fellow writers approach their work, so I was glad to put in my two cents, as follows: 1. […]

Making Ideas Sticky

The calling of the apologist is not simply to communicate true ideas and information, but to communicate effectively. Otherwise we are talking to ourselves, at best, and at worst, annoying people into rejecting the truth. One aspect of effective communication involves presenting ideas in a way that is engaging and memorable – in a way […]