The good news about secrets.




In my new novel, How Sweet the Sound, the Harlan family knows a lot about secrets. They learn some pretty tough lessons, too, about what happens when sin is allowed to fester and weave its way unchecked through the generations.

Just like in II Samuel 13:20, when folks are told to keep pain to themselves, the innocent and the broken have no choice but to live out their days in the desolation of silence and shame.

Find out how the Harlan family learns to live different, and how the grace of light and the mercy of forgiveness are available for all who seek.


“He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness,
    hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun.”

Job 12:22 (TMV)


How Sweet the Sound is available wherever fine books are sold, in print and e-readers formats. The best place to buy it is always at your local, independent bookstore. But here’s a few more places you can buy it too:

How Sweet the Sound at Amazon

How Sweet the Sound at LifeWay

How Sweet the Sound at Barnes and Noble

How Sweet the Sound at Books a Million 

How Sweet the Sound at Christian Book Distributors (CBD)

How Sweet the Sound at David C. Cook (Publisher)

How Sweet the Sound at Family Christian Stores



portrait of a shrimp boat. a poem.



bent and weary arms pulled
in tight
against the sides of the
empty hull
waiting for dawn, a new
tides slap the sides
lapping at fear
the boat tips
uncertain night smothers
the sun


“…pray continually…”
I Thessalonians 5:7


“Your inadequacy presents you with a continual choice–deep dependence on Me or despair.”
~Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

why a child? an advent poem.



still we wonder
as we wander
through broken ideals
deeper behind hearts
woven shrouds of doubt and


deciphering eschatology
teetering on theology
expecting enormous answers

when all He really wants
is for us to
to bend and break and shrink our
until like
did we
into life with wild eyed wonder
beneath the amniotic moistness and
against stiff lungs burning and straining
begin the cowering
that is
to find



“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life…” (Hebrews 2:14, 15 MSG)