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The Grand Renovation

May 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

The Jasper Hotel. The destination of the six travelers. But the building wasn’t made of Jasper nor beautiful by any means. When Diana and the others reach this hotel in the book, “At the Corner of 6th and North,” she describes the building as made of pure stone. Huge gray stones stacked on each other separated only by windows. Harvey questions it to by stating, “Looks like the Rock Hotel to me.”

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

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Calling the grand building “Jasper” was foreshadowing what the Lord already knew. He had great plans for them even though they knew nothing of them. The hotel represented each heart. Before Christ, our hearts are hard towards him. His words won’t penetrate, and we reject all we hear. But the owner of the hotel knows the future and has plans for the grand renovation.

When Diana finally believes, she’s taken to a room of brilliant colors, the plans fulfilled. What was once ugly and defiant is now indwelt by the Lord of Lights and conformed to his will and character. The old passes away. Behold, the new has come!

Have you noticed a difference in your heart?

Seeds of Thrills

April 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

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I remember years ago, a certain show planted the seed in me to crave well-written thrillers with a twisted ending. It was an Alfred Hitchcock Presents half-hour show that centered around a female inmate that was desperate to get out of prison. She befriended a priest who eventually agreed to help her on her quest. The plan involved her sneaking into a casket at the next funeral, being buried, and then the priest would come dig her up and free her. For five minutes we watched the woman laugh and gloat inside the tight dark box. But as time elapsed, her smile faded, and you watched her grow nervous and concerned. Eventually she lit a match, and discovered the priest next to her. Her only savior, dead. It ended by the sound of her screaming.

It left my jaw hanging wide open. The same happened in high school when I watched the Sixth Sense for the first time. “I see dead people.” That line should have given away the ending, and I felt stupid at the end for not seeing it coming. I remember the shock as I watched the wedding ring roll around on the floor and Dr. Malcolm Crowe stare at his bare wedding finger. When the realization hit me that he was dead, all I could think was, “I should have known!” I loved it!

My hunger for good thrillers was burning inside of me. But there was still something missing. Then I read the book Thr3e by Ted Dekker. The same jaw-dropping moment occurred, but this time I was left with more than just a ‘Wow.’ I remember the novel because of the incredible story, but now when I think back on it, I also am reminded that there is a constant battle between my flesh and my new nature as a Christian. This story did more for me because it not only left meĀ flabbergasted but taught me a very valuable spiritual lesson.

So fueled my passion. To write stories that leave people stunned and yet give them more than just a thrill. To give them something that lasts. Something eternal.

Novel Inspiration

April 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

It sounds cliche, but “At the Corner of 6th and North” originally came to me in a dream. One night I dreamed that I was in a large house with many other people looking for a room to stay in. I discovered a pull down ladder like you’d see in a house that leads to the attic. But this led to another bedroom. A man climbed up into the room with me. In the room was a large bed and a dresser in the corner. The man opened the top drawer to find it packed with vintage baseball cards that were worth millions. He was ecstatic because he was a huge baseball fan and also in need of money. I suddenly realized that this house was providing for the needs of those looking inside.

My idea for the book was that very thought. People would enter the house with different needs and longings, and they would all be met in various ways. I even planned to include the man and the baseball cards. But the story still felt empty. And then it hit me. We all need Jesus. The story transformed into people from variety of backgrounds but all missing the same thing in their lives. They needed forgiven and the emptiness in their soul filled.

So instead of vintage baseball cards that could be destroyed or lost, salvation was offered to those looking. And that is the greatest gift of all.