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Enter the lives of the characters

Dear friends, As the time of publication draws near, I have been affirmed by some wonderful feedback from readers. I appreciated the comments from one and have included them below in hopes that you, too, might look forward to reading the novel!   Best, Andrew     I so enjoyed your book! One of my […]

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More information about new book!

Dear friends, Here is another portion of a recent interview I conducted regarding my new book. Thank you for your support. Best, Andrew Why did you write this book? I think pastors are fascinating people! As Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver once put it, ministry is an odd and wondrous calling. There are few “normal” […]

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Rest in peace

Our beloved dog, Nikki Giovanni Bob Dylan Taylor-Troutman, died yesterday morning. Her long name is an obvious reference to artists and she inspired my own work over the years, including both books. In tribute, here is the segment from Parables of Parenthood. These words have also been helpful to me as I’ve begun to grieve […]

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New novel soon to be released!

Friends, I am beyond hyped and super pumped and fidgety, nervy, squealing excited to announce the publication of my next book! Jaime’s Journal will be available in mid-September!! I have a release party scheduled at the Moravian and Salem Presbytery Resource Center on September 20th!!! In the meantime, I will post a few interview questions and answers […]

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Bless Us to Be Brave

A sermon at New Dublin Presbyterian Church on June 21st, 2015 Scripture: Job 38:1-11; Mark 4:35-41 ***** This Father’s Day, the image easily comes to mind of a small child wailing in the middle of the night, crying for help. The dad rises groggily, yanked harshly from his sleep, and stumbles in a fog into […]

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Do you have a penguin?

Brian Doyle wonders why the definitions of love are so often also the definitions of pain. If you want to weep and never have, have a child. So wrote David Foster Wallace. And I can’t find the exact quote, but I’m positive that somewhere Anne Lamott once said something like parenthood is never taking a […]

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A joint and fragile keeping

In a few weeks, I am officiating a wedding. About 10 years ago, the bride found this poem printed in a newspaper, and she has kept it all these years, moving from places and jobs and relationships. Recently, we discovered that the author is a Presbyterian minister. When she sent me the poem, she added, […]

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Day 1 Dad

In mid-April, my father and I drove to Atlanta where, in addition to spending a rollicking good time together watching Little League baseball and listening to live jazz and sampling great food to the tune of good scotch, I recorded a sermon for Day 1. Formerly known as the Protestant Hour, the radio program is […]

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Wonderful, wonderful

Isaac Watts wrote this hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” in 1707 during a time in the Protestant Church when the Psalms were exclusively sung in worship. That’s right, only scripture—no hymns! None, that is, until Watts wrote over seven hundred of them, many of which remain favorites in churches all across denominations. “When […]

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Thank you, Fred

Fred Craddock died recently and it’s no stretch to eulogize him as a preaching genius. Just before his death, the Christian Century had a beautiful tribute to his ministry in Cherry Long, Georgia. The author mentions how Craddock changed his life, which is true for many preachers, including my father and me. While reminiscing over the phone, […]

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