Author Archives: lsimonds

The Long View

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV Begin with the end in mind. It’s common advice for crafting a story and even better advice for crafting a … Continue reading

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Nativity with a Capital N

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,And deep darkness the people;But the Lord will arise over you,And His glory will be seen upon you.The Gentiles shall come to your light,And kings to the brightness of your rising.Isaiah 60:2-3 About a year ago, … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Six Powerful Reasons to Love Fiction

It was Scout Finch who said standing on Boo Radley’s front porch was enough. Enough to permit her to do as her father, Atticus, had recommended. To climb into the skin of someone else—in this case, an aged-beyond-his-years recluse—and walk … Continue reading

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I Love This Author’s Work, but….

On December 1, in celebration of my second novel’s release, Christian fiction author Chautona Havig posted a blog and podcast in which she permitted me to talk at length about my creative choices in All In, some of which have … Continue reading

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In Search of Je Ne Sais Quoi

First and foremost, my heartfelt thanks to Blake Kimzey and Writing Workshops Dallas for inviting me to post on the WWD blog, where this appeared on November 30, 2020 My second novel, Stork Bite, released in November 2020, after eight … Continue reading

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Indiscriminate God

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good … Continue reading

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Pandora’s Jar

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 New Living … Continue reading

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Point of View

“This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke … Continue reading

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#grateful

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 There’s a Thanksgiving tradition I’ve … Continue reading

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Discriminating Tastes

“But he answered him not one word…” Matthew 27:14 The first thing rookie writers learn when they join a writers group that practices read and critique is to accept criticism without countering with a defense. “No defending!” bark critique veterans … Continue reading

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Time Enough

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts…” Ecclesiastes 3:11 Time fascinates me. I like to think about the physics of time, à la, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, … Continue reading

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The Power of Presence

I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;I was found by those who did not seek Me.I said, “Here I am, here I am,”To a nation that was not called by My name.Isaiah 65:1 I frequently listen … Continue reading

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