Category: Novel

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Letters to the Lord: Georgia Author of the Year Finalist

All I can say is “Thank you”, Lord. And Merci! I had no thought of receiving this honor, especially since I was entered in the category of Literary Fiction with very talented authors from the general market–not the inspirational market. But on Saturday, as I lay sick in bed at a lodge in Western Kentucky (where I was supposed to be enjoying a family … Read More Letters to the Lord: Georgia Author of the Year Finalist

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Letters to the Lord: Perseverance

Have I shared with you the two words that are encouraging me this year? PRESS ON. The verse that they are taken from in Philippians says, “Brothers (and sisters), I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do. Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for … Read More Letters to the Lord: Perseverance

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Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

We were destined to be friends and soulmates before we ever met. Our dads knew each other, waving across the golf course at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta. So I paid attention when my father said, “You need to meet the artist Jill Steenhuis. She grew up in Atlanta, rode and showed horses, moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1980 and lives there still.” … Read More Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

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Letters to the Lord: Press On

“Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13-14 Everyone has waited with bated breath for 2021 to arrive. But now … Read More Letters to the Lord: Press On

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Letters to the Lord: Sweet Celebrations and Silent Loud Lament

Dear Lord, In the aftermath of Christmas celebrations, please tender my heart to the cradle and the cross. So often in this year I have sensed a deep longing in my soul, a loud yet silent lament for all that is not right. So often I have felt stymied and stagnant, incapable of doing the next thing or even knowing what that next thing … Read More Letters to the Lord: Sweet Celebrations and Silent Loud Lament

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Letters to the Lord: Jesus, the Refugee

It’s always a big deal for an author to get a nice review from Publisher’s Weekly. So when this one for The Promised Land popped into my inbox a few weeks ago, I was delighted. “Characters from Musser’s The Long Highway Home return in this touching story of four pilgrims walking the French Camino… (see image below for more of the review). Of course, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Jesus, the Refugee

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Letters to the Lord: Change of Plans

Yesterday was Labor Day, Lord, and for the first time in many, many years, I haven’t labored on Labor Day. For most of the past twenty years I’ve been in France on the first Monday in September, and there’s no holiday over there. But for the four times in the past twenty years when I’ve been in the US over Labor Day weekend, I’ve … Read More Letters to the Lord: Change of Plans

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Letters to the Lord: Celebrations

This past week has been filled with celebrations. First we flew to the USA and made it here without any major misdemeanors and many masks: Then we got to meet our precious new granddaughter Lena! Of course, there was much to celebrate at being reunited with the rest of our family, too. And before quarantining with our ‘bubble’ here in the Chattanooga area, we … Read More Letters to the Lord: Celebrations

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Letters to the Lord: Persevering in the Little Things

Oh, Lord, it’s so often the little things that trip me up. During the past month, I’ve been doing a Virtual Camino—a wonderful program that InterVarsity has set up for faculty and staff at universities during this strange and difficult summer of 2020. When I heard that this virtual experience was also open to others, I signed up since my new novel, The Promised … Read More Letters to the Lord: Persevering in the Little Things

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Letters to the Lord: When We Write The Truth

Twenty years ago I penned a novel that I thought would get me in trouble. Instead it has brought me a tiny slice of fame. Here’s how it happened: I’d finished writing a trilogy about France and Algeria and knew my next novel needed to be about my hometown of Atlanta. I’d heard the adage, “Write what you know about.”  Well, I’d pretty much … Read More Letters to the Lord: When We Write The Truth

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Letters to the Lord: You Know Better

“Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; because you know better, stop!” Proverbs 23: 4 Ugh, Lord. Just ugh. Your Word got me right in the gut. And I couldn’t ignore it because I’d stopped and prayed before I opened my Bible for my heart to be tender to what I read this morning in Proverbs, Jeremiah, and Ephesians. And as so often happens, … Read More Letters to the Lord: You Know Better

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Letters to the Lord: A Virtual Tour of the Writing Chalet

Here’s the link for the Facebook Live Video of the virtual tour. Enjoy!