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I’m finally on Facebook! (At least no one can say I rushed into this decision.)

After thinking about it for, oh, EIGHT YEARS, I’ve finally decided to get on Facebook. You can check out my page here, or like it by clicking the button below:     Technically the page has been up for a while, but it was just an auto-generated feed of my blog posts. Now that I have a radio show I found myself thinking, “I wish there were a way to chat with people that had the immediacy of Twitter but the ability to have longer discussions of blogging. Someone should invent something like that!” It finally dawned on... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (or not)

I’m not able to write my own post because I was speaking in Houston tonight, but I look forward to reading all of yours! P.S. I got to meet Holly Ordway, a fellow Ignatius author whose atheist-to-Catholic book, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms, just came out this week. Check it out if you’re looking for a good read! See you next week! ————————– //  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday

I couldn’t get my post together for this week (taking a 10-day vacation with young children probably having something to do with it), but I look forward to reading everyone else’s. Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Feast of the Assumption! —————— //  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday – off at Edel edition!

I can’t believe that after all these months, the Edel Gathering is finally here! I’ll be updating on Instagram and Twitter, and you can follow the fun by checking out the #edel14 hashtag. 7 Quick Takes will be hosted by Carolyn Svellinger, so head on over there to read everyone’s posts! Carolyn is a super-talented artist and photographer in addition to being a funny and insightful writer. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with her, you’ll love checking out her blog. Have a great weekend, everyone!  Read More →

7 Quick Takes – Happy 4th of July!

I’ll be out doing 4th of July stuff — none of them involving fireworks — so I don’t have a post for this week, but I look forward to reading yours! Happy 4th of July! ———- //  Read More →

The Antagonist

Our family in 2004 -- the time period during which I met the antagonist in SOTG.

I’m in NYC doing book tour stuff this week! You can follow along with my adventures on Twitter and Instagram. While I’m out running around, I wanted to re-run an updated version of a post I originally wrote back in March 2012, when I had finished the final big re-write of the book. It’s about Chapter 16 in Something Other than God — the chapter where I encounter my antagonist. . . . When I sat down to write this final draft of my book, I thought I knew a lot about story. My bookshelves jammed with tomes about the craft... Read More

New York and Connecticut: Here’s what we’re doing!

The final schedule is just in, and here it is! I’ll be running around doing some meetings and media stuff, but here are the events where we can hang out. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! MONDAY, JUNE 2 – STAMFORD, CT 3:00 PM: BOOK SIGNING AT BARNES AND NOBLE Barnes & Noble – Stamford Town Center 100 Greyrock Place Stamford, CT 06901 All are welcome, and feel free to bring the little ones: there will be a face-painter for kids in the kids’ section! 6:30 PM: TALK AT ST. JOHN’S BASILICA The... Read More

NYC, let’s do this!

I just got word that Ignatius is sending me to the Big Apple for a book tour stop! I’ll be in New York City the week of June 2nd, including visiting some of the surrounding areas like Connecticut. We have a few events nailed down, which I’ll post about soon, but there’s room in the schedule for more. Any suggestions? If you would like to help arrange a book signing or a speaking engagement, please email Kelly from Carmel Communications at kkracht@carmelcommunications.com — you can CC me at conversiondiary@gmail.com too,... Read More

Contest winners!…will be announced next week

Standing at the back of the room with an overtired baby at an end-of-year ceremony. But on the plus side, I got to hang out with our pastor, Fr. Dean!

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to pop in to say that the Something Other than God release party has now wrapped up, and I will post winners on Monday, May 26th. I was hoping to be able to select the winners sooner, but it’s going to take a while to taste all the drinks, meditate on the epicness of each selfie, and ponder the weirdness of each photo location. Also, I need time to work on my forthcoming manifesto titled, A Mother on the Brink of Collapse Begs American Society to Stop Hosting Lavish End-of-Year Children’s Activity Celebrations Requiring... Read More

Holy Week

I know I said I’d put up the form for us to talk about fabulous things to do in NYC and DC this week, but I’m going to hold off until next week. Things are about to get crazy — in a good and very fun way — and it feels right to spend most of this week offline, just praying and resting. I won’t be hosting 7 Quick Takes this week in honor of Good Friday, but I look forward to seeing you all again next week. I leave you with the perfect Holy Week song, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite pieces of music. It’s... Read More

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