Commodifying Myself: What Does it Mean to Sell Our Most Intimate Stories?

It was a strange feeling walking into a local gas station and seeing my own face staring back at me from the newsstand.

It was an even stranger feeling buying a copy to go along with my morning coffee when my wife asked. I made sure to fold the paper over when I placed it on the counter, hoping to avoid any awkward looks, or even more awkward conversation.

Getting Naked in Front of a Crowded Room: Hearing from Called Readers

Writing Called felt like getting naked in front of a crowded room.

Some of the people you know. Some of the people are perfect strangers. Either way, the fear is what they will think, and whether they'll laugh.

That's why I chose to start the book by turning to the wisdom of Mr. Bob Dylan himself:

"Bob Dylan once said a poem is a naked person. I’m not much of a poet, but I hope you’ll excuse me if I go ahead and take off all these layers." 

"Lessons in Belonging," by Erin Lane: A Book Review


Erin was giving a book reading when we first met, from her chapter in Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith

I was in my final year at Duke Divinity School at the time; she was just a year out of the same program. We soon realized that we shared a number of things in common: we'd both recently traded a PR career for theology and we'd both lived in the Pacific Northwest (Erin works withParker Palmer and the folks at the Seattle non-profit Center for Courage & Renewal).

When I noticed Erin also had a book releasing in early 2015, I suggested swapping book reviews, crossing my fingers she'd think it was a good idea. She was generous enough to agree. Thanks, Erin.

English Tea, Tweed Jackets, and a Book Signing: The "Called" Launch Party

English Tea, Tweed Jackets, and a Book Signing: The "Called" Launch Party

"You know what would be cool?" I asked Jen as we made plans to celebrate the launch of my new book, Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis's House and Back Again"To throw a full English tea."

"You know what else would be cool?" I continued when she didn't shake her head at my first suggestion. "A C. S. Lewis themed photo booth."