Chattaway criticizes “Last Sin Eater”, Director Fires Back

Peter T. Chattaway wrote a thoughtful, observant review of the new movie called The Last Sin Eater this week at Christianity Today Movies.Just as a Christian car mechanic should be concerned with the technical condition of a car, so a film critic should concern himself with the technical condition of a car. Peter is a Christian ... has been for as long as he's been writing, and longer, and has been a vital part of evangelical-Christian dialogue for years. In the interest of encouraging … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Cover!


I am so excited to show this to you.I'm sitting here on the coast of Whidbey Island putting the finishing touches on a story I've been writing since 1996. It's my favorite place in the world to write, here with the wind, the water, eight deer grazing just across the lawn, and two bald eagles wheeling about overhead and chattering to each other.And what should pop up in my email while I'm as happy as can be?I want to thank artist Kristopher Orr and the people at WaterBrook. They've … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Cover!

 Cover design by Kristopher Orr. … [Read more...]

“Ah, well… it happens with every book.”

"Ah, well... it happens with every book."That's what other authors and industry folks are saying, trying to help me get over the headache that began the moment I found a rather glaring error right in the middle of the first chapter of Through a Screen Darkly.Why didn't I remember that in 1987 when I was 17 years old, "Dances with Wolves" was still three years away from opening? … [Read more...]

Over the Rhine Fires Up Old Favorites on “Discount Fireworks”

It's not exactly a "best-of."Rather, Over the Rhine's new album Discount Fireworks is a collection of some of the highlights and memorable excursions along their 15-year journey.If you haven't discovered American music's best-kept secret, well, this may be the best place to start. It's not the most cohesive work they've released, because it spans more than a decade of different styles and sounds. … [Read more...]

Bringing “Through a Screen Darkly” to Bellingham

I'll be speaking at Open Windows, a gathering of people interested in faith and art, about Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth & Evil in the Movies, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18. … [Read more...]

That’s My University

The Seattle Times has more admiring words for Seattle Pacific University. … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Films of 2006, According to Christianity Today

The film critics of Christianity Today Movies have voted.And these are the Cream of the Crop ... the Top 10 Films of 2006.Quite a few critics contributed here, and we all had strikingly different opinions, so it's interesting to see how it all worked out. And hey, look what's at #3! The New World! … [Read more...]

My Conversation with Steve Taylor, and Other Bonus Materials

In October, I interviewed one of my heroes, rock star and filmmaker Steve Taylor about the experience of making his first feature film, The Second Chance.And then I wrote the interview into my book.And then the book got too long, and I had to cut several chapters.Sadly, the interview was one of the pieces that had to go, and that was one of the cuts that hurt the most. But I am now offering it as part of the book's bonus material. ... … [Read more...]

Margaret Smith – the adventure continues

One of the most inspiring and creative artists I know, Margaret Smith, seems to have some new and exciting chapter in her life opening up every time I talk with her.But this week, she's blogging about having made a remarkable decision. She's become a Benedictine oblate novice. Ahhh, following in the footsteps of the great Kathleen Norris. … [Read more...]