Thursday, December 29, 2016

My 2016 Writing Retrospective

I always feel funny writing this year-end post, because the navel-gazing quality of it always seems to be ratcheted up to a level that I'm not all that comfortable with. It's usually a look back on the year that was from my perspective, and lately I've been content to focus it more on my writing than a general life update.

You probably get enough Christmas letters already. You don't need one more.

But in brief, what happened this year for me as a writer?

By far, the biggest event was the release of Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday back in March. Publishing a book was a dream come true for me, and I'm still in awe that it happened. What little indication I've been given seems to show that it's still doing well, and I'm grateful to all who have supported it in one way or another.

I've continued to write for New Sacred, contributed several pieces to the Shalem Institute's blog, and submitted a few guest features (written or spoken) to other places as well. I guess that ultimately means I'm "expanding my platform," as the industry says.

Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about? I sure hope so.

Besides the book, these were my favorite pieces of writing from 2016:

Church Envy

Watching the Winter Sky

Stop Dismissing the "Spiritual But Not Religious" (New Sacred)

In Defense of Thomas

Pastor, and

The Lord's Prayer - A Modern Version

This Is How We Eat: Ethics in the Zombie Apocalypse (Super Hero Ethics)

You're Allowed to Laugh in Church (New Sacred)

I think the real reason I write this post every year is to say thank you. Thank you for reading the book, the blog, the other places where my writing shows up. I like showing appreciation for readers as often as possible because my proverbial tree falling in the forest doesn't make a sound otherwise.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I'll keep saying it. I'll say it at the end of next year, too.