For most of my adult life, writing has been a vehicle for me to understand what I believe, feel, question, and know. For the past fifteen years, I've recognized writing as a Spirit-led creative process through which I come to know God, to understand God’s presence in my life, and to minister to others. It is both my work and my spiritual discipline.
As a writer, I strive to give voice to the untold stories of ordinary people. Those stories are often the most extraordinary and the most meaningful.
I never know who or what might call to me for telling, but I’ve learned to heed those stirrings of a good story. My first book, Hands at Work, was inspired by a showing of Summer Moon Scriver’s black-and-white photographs of hands. They suggested to me a passion for the kinds of work that have become rare for many Americans and that these were people nourished by manual labor. I immediately wanted to give voice to their stories and to others who work with their hands.