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I discovered something.
Spice. Zest. Flavouring. The smell of coffee. Every organization or community or person needs it.
Kings have jesters. Newspapers have columnists. Our communities have artists, comics, novelists, playwrights and musicians. Even though they’re often wrong and not experts, they amuse, prod, unsettle.
The people who actually do the work in this life then go on and do it better.
In the office with my pet pterodactyl
I discovered I was one of these creatives, that it was OK, and that sometimes it even helped people.
Two things about my work:
- I very much like T S Eliot’s words in his poem Little Gidding
With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
2. Super. But we live tangled between those lofty and arty thoughts about the Church of England being the destination of a spiritual quest–and the small, the ordinary, the disappointing, the bad, the covered-up, and the completely nuts.
This is the happiest possible space for a writer, and I like it here.
Near death, and slowing down
Two books about living a slower, richer life
In 2013 I was on a ventilator and in a coma for four weeks, with respiratory distress, just like the most serious Covid patients of 2020 (though I didn’t have Covid of course). It took me about two years to recover. This was my third near-death experience in six years. Traumatic as that all was, I ended up in a much more fulfilled, happy and purposeful place. I started blogging about my new slow life, and I wrote these two books, Bread and More than Bananas so that you can discover what I learnt without all the bother of tracheotomies, paralysis and wheelchairs.
Three comic fantasy novels about the world behind the world
Unseen, behind our world, is an invisible realm filled with spiritual life, some of it intelligent, some of stupid, much of it dangerous. Human souls —our human souls –crowd there too. Spiritual weather washes over us, obsessions entangle us, evil spirits try to herd us. We try to browse on soul-food. Evil beasts try to munch on us.
If you think about it, this explains a lot about our inner lives. And it brings up questions we’d rather not ask: What am I for? How do I change? Can I get out of here?
Fortunately, some people learn how to commute between this world and our world of flesh and bone.
Unfortunately, you need a near-death experience to do this.
Fortunately, food-loving but chauvinistic web-designer Jamie Smith and prickly defence lawyer Keziah Mordant managed to give each other a near-death experience, by crashing their cars into each other.
Then their adventures really start. Their souls have been captured by demons preparing for a sales conference, and they are being counselled by a snake with serious issues. Can Keziah overcome her loathing for Jamie? Will Jamie stop re-living fantasies and do something constructive? Will they get their act together in the face of the spiritual forces ranged against them? Don’t bet on it.
There are three novels in the series. Each can be read on its own, so you aren’t left dangling at the end.
Borrowing my sales technique from drug dealers, the first hit is free. Paradise has been on a bestseller list in a cobwebbed and lonely corner of Amazon for some years. After that, the further doses, The Wheels of the World and the Sump of Lost Dreams, will each involve you moving a mere £1.99 from your stash of money to Amazon’s. Or you can buy the paperback versions.
20 years of magazine articles
The Christian faith is lived out sandwiched between God’s big promises and life’s small annoyances. This series of wry and humorous short pieces started life as articles for a Singaporean magazine and were written for the many young adults who were becoming Christians in that city state.
Hearing wrongly from God
Shallowness, and how to get there
The art of prayerlessness
Learning good sense from the minds of small children
The shortage of spiritual heroes
The biggest failure in the Bible
And much else. Romance, bad luck, bad luck in romance, finding yourself in the wrong church, child-rearing, and facing chronic illness – all can make God seem far away and the Christian faith unreal. Or they can be the stuff from which hope and character are built.
Welcome to life in the The Sandwich.
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I’ve put several of these chapters in my blog, so you can get a free sneak peek by clicking on this unobtrusive button just here:
My blog is currently one minute’s reading, once a week or so.
Start with two simple ideas:
- The Christian faith is revolutionary.
- It’s kind of slow.
And we need to embrace both.
Here’s a list of recent blogs.
- Start here
- Slow mission values
- About the tangle of free will and love, and the weakness of God
- ‘God’s not fair’
- ‘I never knew you’
- Holy heroism
- Today’s needful thing
And some favourites: