Other writers

Of Mice and Men

Abbotsford writer Jerry Raaf’s new novel is all about mice. The Mice in Sophie’s Mattress— Giuseppe, Patrizio,Angelo, and dozens of others—are living a happy existence in an old mattress in an old farmhouse. The house is safe and warm, and there is an abundance of food. All goes well until the farmer’s wife, Sophie Brunzhoffa, […]

A Book of Its Time: To the glory of God at work in a world of chaos

Sometimes I come across a book by accident that turns out to be more interesting than I expected. Such is the case with Through the Hitler Line: Memoirs of an Infantry Chaplain (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003), which I picked up in the local library along with some other books. Some of the other books […]

Replacement Policy

“What do you mean my coverage has been denied?” “I’m sorry, Mr. Grey. It’s company policy. This is the third total replacement claim you have made in—what?—a year.” “Well…” “Precisely. The company can’t keep covering these losses.” “But I need the replacement. It is vital for my work.” “That may be, but that is your […]

Informatory

There is an old platitude that says that governments are defeated, not elected. In other words, voters tend not to vote for a new party based on what they expect that party to do but against the current party in power based on what that government has already done. The corollary is that the longer […]

A Darkness More Than Night

“You don’t go into the darkness without the darkness going into you,” Michael Connelly says in his novel, A Darkness More Than Night. It is one of the very interesting and highly successful murder mysteries Connelly has written. In this book and several other books, Connelly’s characters also talk about “lost light,” an unexpected and […]

Making a Killing as a Writer

“There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people—psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better.” Those are the opening words of the introduction to each episode of the television series Castle used in season 2 and season 3. They are words with many layers of meaning […]

A Timely and Useful Book

When she retired to her home town in Dallas, Oregon, 10 years ago, Julia Quiring Emblen discovered that many of the former leading members of the church she had attended were now homebound or in care homes. She also discovered that many of them were isolated, largely cut off from their church, and had few […]