It has been a long time since I wandered in this direction, but it’s time to face the fact that I am working on a book project again. Not that this is a surprise to me; I’ve been researching my topic for over a year and have spent the past several months agonizing over howContinue reading “On the Journey 001: Writing about “spiritual” writing again”
I am blessed to have an editor and critic with a keen eye and sharp claws but a fuzzy, affectionate manner about him. Here, he is helping me work on the plot of my current novel project. He has not yet told me what he thinks of it, but I’m sure he will.
At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fenton Johnson in rich, beautiful language has crafted a wonderful exploration of the “solitary” life which, as he demonstrates, can take many forms and shapes but relies on a person’s answering of an unwavering callContinue reading “Book Review: At the Center of All Beauty by Fenton Johnson”
Published on Goodreads Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms by Matthias Roberts. My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are certain book titles I fall in love with. In fact, I tend to fall in love with good book titles to the extent that IContinue reading “Book Review: Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms by Matthias Roberts”
Sometimes, all it takesIs rounding a cornerTo come face-to-face with yourself,Face to face with your future,Face to face with your potentials,Face to face with your truest self. And you realizeThat you’ve been there all alongWaiting for you to drop the maskAnd discover yourself anew.
Folks who follow me may be surprised to see that I’m writing reflections again under the title of “Faith seeking understanding.” Although I swore off the series and thought I was bringing it to a close in #072: “Goodbye to “Faith seeking understanding”? I couldn’t envision an umbrella for another series that “felt” as rightContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #075: A return, a recommittal, a new resolve”
“Nothing succeeds like success.” This is what we are led to believe by Sir Arthur Helps, who wrote these words in his book Realmah, published in 1868. For a long time, I had been inclined to agree with this sentiment. Then a minor success happened to me, and it really shut me down.
Life is short. I think that’s true for everyone, but especially for some who aren’t “supposed” to die as soon as they do—as if we had a choice or a say in the matter. One of those persons who I don’t believe was “supposed” to die was Rachel Held Evans who died early Saturday morning,Continue reading “Faith seeking understanding: #073: Will my life even matter?”
Please allow me to introduce myself at the beginning of this hundred-day undertaking: my name is Jon Carl Lewis, and I identify as a queer/gay, Black, Christian, intellectual writer. I am cisgender and my pronouns are he/him/his. At the time of this writing I am approaching my mid-fifties and sort of smugly glad I haven’tContinue reading “Day 001/100. An introduction to me: a queer/gay, Black, Christian intellectual writer… and the limitations of identity”
Breaking my writing streak and skipping a day of writing taught me a lot. That missed day turned into a week of erratic writing, much of which produced no writing at all. But I’m not going to beat myself up. I’m feeling okay with having broken the chain after reflection number 70, but the mostContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #071: What I learned from skipping a day of writing… or two… or three…”