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Shawn Smucker

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Shawn Smucker I currently make a living co-writing and ghost-writing books for publishers and individuals, so when I feel like I've hit a dead-end with my own work,…moreI currently make a living co-writing and ghost-writing books for publishers and individuals, so when I feel like I've hit a dead-end with my own work, I shift to one of the other projects that I'm working on.(less)
Shawn Smucker Yesterday, as one of the main characters in the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell was driving, he decided to stop at his old house, the house where he…moreYesterday, as one of the main characters in the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell was driving, he decided to stop at his old house, the house where he grew up, the house where he was living when his sister disappeared. This was unexpected. I had not planned for this to happen. So it was very much as a third party that I watched (and wrote) about his entrance into the house, the memories that came back to him, and the strange knocking that began to emanate from the trap door in the floor of the guest room closet.

This is what I love about writing fiction, the sense that something or someone entirely outside of myself will often step in and direct the story.(less)
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The Day the Angels Fell

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Once We Were Strangers: Wha...

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These Nameless Things

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The Edge of Over There

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Building a Life Out of Words

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Live | Dead The Story

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NEW EPISODE! Farewell…For Now


Maile and Shawn wrap up the second season of The Stories Between Us with a conversation about the cycles of writing, a letter from a famous writer about the importance of creativity, and each of them give one last piece of encouragement before saying farewell…for now.


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Well, I didn't see that coming. Wow.

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Strout gives us characters more real than some of the people in my own real life. And with Olive, she's created a complex woman who very much reminds me of Marilynne Robinson's creations. A fantastic addition to her Crosby, Maine narrative.
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What a fascinating and beautifully written book. Of her many strengths, Strout's ability to create realistic characters is right at the top. Poignant.
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“have been supposing that God loves everyone and wants to show mercy on all. Indeed, I have hinted that I believe that if God did not love and try to save everyone, he would be less than perfect. Calvinists will not agree to this. God has to be just, they maintain, but he does not have to be merciful. He has to punish unforgiven sin, but he does not have to forgive sin. This is a common view among theologians, but it ought to be seen as problematic for a Christian view of God. To subordinate divine love to divine justice so that God has to be just but does not have to love is odd for a Christian who confesses that God is love.”
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I'm very late to Louise Penny's writing! This book started off slow for me, though the thoughtful writing and the author's way of developing characters kept it very enjoyable. About halfway through it became the must-read that most good murder myster ...more
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“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. SAINT TERESA OF AVILA”
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“Even when things seemed uncertain, we kept moving forward. I guess you’ll never find out if a door is actually closed until you try to open it.”
Shawn Smucker, Dying Out Loud: No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. ISAIAH 58:11–12”
Shawn Smucker, Dying Out Loud: No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
James Baldwin

“This world is huge; it is majestic; it is worth exploring just for the sake of knowing it.”
Tsh Oxenreider, At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

“Hope can last a long time, longer than we expect or imagine. Even after you think it's gone, the smallest of things can bring it back.”
Shawn Smucker, The Edge of Over There

“There is healing, after all, in sadness, and sometimes only tears will bring it.”
Shawn Smucker, The Day the Angels Fell

“Our weaknesses are poised to become our greatest strengths. If we are patient and if we believe. The switch will often happen when we need it most to.”
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