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Want to Change Lives? The Most Important Part is to Just Show Up
John Sowers
By John Sowers
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I was six when I first met Tom.

Before Tom, the only man I was around was my little league baseball coach. Coach Castle drove an old beater Jeep Cherokee. It had wood paneling and smelled like stale pipe smoke. Sometimes after practice, Coach Castle drove us to Terri’s Hot Dog Stand and bought us fried cherry pies. Coach didn’t talk much. So I just watched him. Squinting. Like I was looking at a lunar eclipse. Men were an anomaly. They rarely came around. Men were elusive creatures, like Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street.

Tom came to our door with a crooked smile and a busty mustache, back when they were cool. I wasn’t sure what to think of him. But the first time we hung out, Tom took me to Baskin Robins and bought me a double scoop of chocolate. I remember it dripping down my fingers onto the table. But it didn’t matter – I had a new friend [...]

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Who I Picture as a Reader When I Write
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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I heard some advice for writers once saying we should picture a reader as we write. Some writers have even gone so far as to put a picture of their spouse or their grandmother atop their computers.

I picture God as I write. And here’s why: I am convinced He’s perfectly fine with my senseless ramblings. Of course He gets mad when I cuss or become selfish, but other than that He likes hearing my stories and my opinions and He loves who I am. After all, He had an integral part of bringing me into the world, and an integral part of giving me a mind and a mouth and fingers to tap a keyboard [...]

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10 Guaranteed Best Sellers I’ll Never Write
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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Occasionally I find myself sitting in an airport across from a little bookstore looking at whatever best sellers are featured in the facing display. I’ve bought more than a few of them, but often find myself wondering what kind of book would be guaranteed to hit the best sellers list.

I started a list of potential titles. I’ll never write any of these because I could never disappoint my family (they’d never say anything, but I would see it in their eyes.)

So, I thought I’d share my top-ten, guaranteed best selling book ideas in the form of their titles. Cultural commentary intended, I suppose [...]

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Has Storyline Impacted You?
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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Now that over 10,000 people have gone through the Storyline process, we’re collecting stories from those who have read Storyline 2.0 or have attended one of our conferences. Will you take a minute and share your story with us?

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“Sunday Morning Music – The Staves” by GRO
Green River Ordinance
By Green River Ordinance
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We’re changing the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the next month, these posts will be authored by artists so you can get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friends, Green River Ordinance.

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Saturday Morning Cereal: The Best Viral Videos We Found This Week
Tim Schurrer
By Tim Schurrer
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The puppies melted your hearts last week and won the majority vote.

How about this week? Which of these is your favorite? It’s hard for me to choose this week! Vote below in the comments.

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Lent is Not a Self-Help Program
Susan Isaacs
By Susan Isaacs
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We are in the midst of Lent, when the faithful honor Jesus’ forty-day temptation in the wilderness by abstaining from booze, sex, and Facebook; whereas on the day before, Mardi Gras, the unfaithful go to New Orleans to film “Girls Gone Wild” videos.

“Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday.” The Anglicans call it “Shrove Tuesday” and celebrate by eating pancakes. I wondered if “shrove” was Anglican for “fat.” After all, pancakes can make you fat; just look at the church’s founder, King Henry VIII. Man, that guy was shrove. He looked like he spent Shrove Tuesday at IHOP, slept through Lent, Ramadan style, then woke up and ate a few Easter hams. Surely “shrove” meant fat. But when I looked up “shrove” in the dictionary, it said it meant “the past participle of ‘shrive’.” Oh, right; how could I forget? Okay, so then I looked up “shrive,” which means to confess and be absolved of guilt. So there it is: pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday have been absolved of calories. Everybody wins [...]

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How to Change a Habit – New Discoveries
By Donald Miller
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The Benefits of Turning the Other Cheek
By Donald Miller
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What Are the Unforgivable Sins of the False Gods?
By Donald Miller
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How Having a Little Grace Toward Yourself Contributes to Success
By Donald Miller
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