Author Blog

AUTHOR BLOG: The hidden costs of fatherlessness

‘Children are resilient.’ How many times have we heard this said about the fallout from divorce or separation? But in saying this, are we minimising God’s order in creation? Are we saying it’s not really that important for children to grow up with two parents, mum and dad, who both have equal but different roles … Read more …

AUTHOR BLOG: Do we still need fairytales?

There’s a scene playing in my mind. It’s been coming and going for a while now. The setting is a wood in springtime, a classic fairytale style wood. Wild and leafy, the green air is alive with birdsong and flecks of pale sunlight, and deep through its heart runs a beaten track. Enter an old … Read more …

AUTHOR BLOG: How to talk to your kids about porn

Whenever I speak publicly about porn, I tend to get two kinds of people who want to speak to me afterwards. One is people who are struggling in that area themselves, and the other is people who are desperate for someone to help them talk to their teenager about porn. It’s not an easy conversation … Read more …

AUTHOR BLOG: Imagining the autistic person’s world

1 – 7 April 2019 is National Autism Awareness Week, a nationwide effort to promote awareness, acceptance and appreciation of everyone on the autistic spectrum, helping them achieve the highest possible quality of life. According to the National Autistic Society, there are more than 700,000 people in the UK on the autistic spectrum. At one … Read more …

AUTHOR BLOG: Lent, men and resilience in the face of the strong man

We all like to play with sticky snow that makes snowballs, and lament wet snow that cannot hold together. Fuller Youth Institute has developed the theme of ‘sticky faith’ for young people. They’ve developed it because the church is losing young people when they leave, what has been referred to as, the goldfish bowl of church and are thrown into the open sea of the world – and their faith doesn’t stick. Read More »

AUTHOR BLOG: Am I good enough?

Before I had my children, I had it all planned out. I would be a loving, affectionate parent, while at the same time setting clear boundaries for my kids. Good routines would be established early on, so that my offspring would grow up secure and well-equipped to deal with whatever life might throw at them. … Read more …

AUTHOR BLOG: Fiction and mental health

It is my privilege to welcome you to 2019 and the first Instant Apostle author blog! I am writing this when there is a problem with my work-in-progress. I have invested a great deal of time and energy trying to create something a little different. Maybe I was a little too experimental or submitted it … Read more …