Thursday, October 25, 2007

Preparing for a journey to the Northwest

I will be in Spokane and in the Seattle area in November, so the weather here in western Tennessee has been perfect for training. Today is our fourth consecutive day of rain, wind, and cold. I know Seattle veterans are probably saying, "Only four?" but I have to get used to it a little at a time. Last year when I visited Seattle it rained for ten consecutive days, so I have felt your pain.

Below is my schedule for that visit so far. I hope my readers in the Northwest will make plans to come out and see me. I would love to meet you and sign any books you would want signed. I might add a couple of appearances, so keep an eye on my online schedule at this link.

There are still a few openings in my schedule in the Northwest, so if you want me to visit your school or group, please let me know as soon as possible.

November 8 - All day

Salk Middle School

6411 N Alberta St
Spokane, WA 99208
(509) 354-5600

November 9 - 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Northwest Christian Elementary School

1412 W. Central Ave

Spokane, WA 99205

(509) 328-4400

November 9 - 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Shaw Middle School

4106 N Cook St
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 354-5800

November 9 - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Book Signing

Christian Supply Store

9310 N. Division

Spokane, WA 99218

(509) 487-6942

November 10 - 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Book Signing

Barnes & Noble

Market Pointe I Shopping Center
15310 E. Indiana Ave.
Spokane, WA 99216

November 12 - 10:30 to 12 noon

Homeschool Class

Lighthouse Christian Center

10711 80th Ave. East

Pulayllup, WA 98373

November 12 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Family Christian Store

31835 Pacific Highway South

Federal Way, WA 98003

(253) 839-3920

November 13 - 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Chapel Speaker

The Bear Creek School
8905 208th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98053

November 13 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Homeschool Group meeting

Faith Baptist Church

7652 Old Olympic Highway

Sequim, WA

November 14 - 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Homeschool group classes

Lighthouse Christian Center

10711 80th Ave. East

Pulayllup, WA 98373

November 15 and 16 All day

M.E.I. Middle School
4081B Clearbrook Rd.
Abbotsford, B.C.
V4X 2M8

November 17 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am

House of James Bookstore

2743 Emerson Street
Abbotsford BC V2T 4H8

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Christian Online Store

I'd like to highlight a new Christian web store called "All Things Christian." It's more than a store; it's a ministry. You will find it by clicking here.

Here is a quote from their website:

First and foremost, we donate 25% of our profits back to the Christian Community! Ministries like Focus on the Family, Campus Crusade, Compassion International, World Vision, and many more, are benefiting through your purchases. This is not your run of the mill Christian bookstore. Not only do we sell the usual stock of Christian Books, Music, Gifts, Movies, Bibles, and Church Resources, but we want to be here for you. We offer parent resources and websites for parents. We direct you to wonderful links for bible study and online bible lookups. We also want to offer pray and support to you. You can request prayer that will stay anonymous, or you can request to have it posted to our site so that all visitors can come together and pray. Nothing beats the power of prayer.

The store was also kind enough to set up a page just for my books. It looks great. Click Here.

If you want to support a store that isn't there just for profit, try them out.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Harry Potter removes his mask

I have criticized the Harry Potter series many times, and in my efforts, I sometimes felt alone among authors of my genre. I am hoping that after J. K. Rowling's recent revelation, my lonely voice among Christian fantasy authors will change.

It seems that Ms. Rowling has publicly revealed her true intent, to promote acceptance of homosexuality and to encourage rebellious attitudes. I knew of the second intent long ago, but the promotion of homosexuality came as a mild surprise.

Here is an article from Click Here

"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.

So, the only wise authority figure in the story has a sinful sexual orientation, and Rowling is proud of this fact. It comes as no surprise that Ms. Rowling's admirers would applaud this revelation. Such is the unbiblical world view of this author and many of her fans.

Here is another interesting excerpt:

Rowling, finishing a brief "Open Book Tour" of the United States, her first tour here since 2000, also said that she regarded her Potter books as a "prolonged argument for tolerance' and urged her fans to "question authority."
It seems that she admits to using these books to promote acceptance of what most Christians would consider a sinful deviation God's design, as well as an attitude that would be suspicious of authority. Now no one can argue that she didn't have this intent.

One more excerpt:

Not everyone likes her work, Rowling said, likely referring to Christian groups that have alleged the books promote witchcraft. Her news about Dumbledore, she said, will give them one more reason.
And rightly so. This announcement should give Christians reason not to like her work. Her motivations are directly opposed to the biblical truth that homosexuality is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22) and that fostering rebellious attitudes is akin to causing little ones to stumble, an extremely dangerous offense.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)
I hope this revelation puts a nail in the HP coffin, and I pray that Christians who support Ms. Rowling's harmful material will finally see the light. I might get flamed for posting this opinion and for slamming another author, but highlighting the intent behind these books, and the fact that they are a dangerous influence in our culture, is a responsibility I can't ignore.
Since I first posted this, I have received a couple of critical comments. Because of one of these comments, a heart-felt plea for compassion, I have edited this post in order to choose words that are less likely to be misunderstood.

I'm also adding some thoughts from my response to that comment, because it would be wrong for me to overlook the commenter's plea. His sincerity was touching and deserves much more than a passing glance. (For the rest of my response, see the comments section.)

Disapproval of homosexuality doesn’t equate to hatred. I don’t hate anyone who claims a homosexual orientation. What I believe about it is grounded in Scripture, and I don’t believe God creates anyone that way. Such a belief should not lead anyone to think that I have any hatred or lack compassion.

True compassion involves helping someone out of a problem, not saying it’s okay to be there. It is showing someone the way out of sin, not making someone feel comfortable in it. Ms. Rowling wants people to be comfortable with homosexuality. I want people to leave it behind and find true freedom in Christ. That's what real compassion is all about.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Last of the Nephilim Cover

I thought you might want to get a look at the next Oracles of Fire book cover. It's called Last of the Nephilim, and it should be out in the spring of 2008, the Lord willing. For a larger image, click here.

If readers of Enoch's Ghost would like to guess who the two girls on the cover are, go ahead and post your guess. No fair posting the answer if I have already told you or you learned it through my message forum.

If you are so inclined, please pray for me as I write. I have a lot of work to do, and, it seems, not enough time to do it. God has always strengthened me in the past, and I trust that He will do so again, but I would appreciate prayer from God's faithful.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Thank you for praying for my daughter

Many of you know that my daughter Amanda fell from her horse on September 2 and broke her femur. She is now walking short distances without her crutches. Although she still has pain, especially in her knee, her recovery has been remarkably fast.

We are thankful to God for this progress, and I thank all of you who have prayed for her.

God is good, all the time.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Florida Christian Writers' Conference: Teens & Scholarships

It's not too early to plan for the 2008 Florida Christian Writers' Conference. I will be teaching the Teen Track, so I hope many of my readers who also enjoy writing will want to come to the conference.

Here is the website: Click Here

There are scholarships available for teenagers. Please see this link for more information.

We are not setting a specific due date for applications but will begin awarding scholarships immediately based on application essays and need. Once the scholarships are awarded, we will stop accepting applications. Please send application essays and contact information to me at

Monday, October 01, 2007

New Book Cover

Here is a first look at Beyond the Reflection's Edge, book #1 in my new series, Echoes from the Edge. It is unrelated to my other books, but it is a contemporary fantasy/mystery blend for the same age group.

The basic plot: Nathan Shepherd, sixteen years old, loses his parents as the result of a double murder. In order to be safe from the murderers, Nathan goes to live with a new family, his father’s old college buddy and his teenage daughter, Kelly.

A strange mirror in Nathan’s bedroom sometimes shows images that aren’t in front of it, including past events, unfamiliar scenes, and people who are supposed to be dead. Nathan obtains his mother’s violin, which plays beautiful music along with voices that only Kelly can hear. Nathan also inherits his father’s camera, which takes photos of people and places that aren’t there ... or at least they don't seem to be there.

These odd devices launch Nathan and Kelly on an exciting journey through multiple dimensions as they track down the mysteries surrounding the deaths of Nathan’s parents. They soon learn that the cosmic fabric that separates the dimensions is crumbling, leading to a potential catastrophic event called interfinity. As they try to prevent this end-of-the-worlds disaster, their own efforts add to the interdimensional deterioration, forcing them to make one life-and-death choice after another.

I'm very excited about this series. Pre-publication readers are giving me great reviews. Look for it to come out in May of 2008. I will give updates on my blog and newsletter as the time gets closer.