Entries by Ian Acheson

“Walking as Jesus Walked”, Dann Spader

This is an excellent resource for practically understanding Jesus desire for us to walk as He did. The study contains tremendous Biblical references and is backed with great insight and interpretation. Spader understands how people learn and providing an acronym Holy Spirit to guide the study was a masterstroke. I know that I will remember […]

Our Heart

The Bible speaks a lot about our heart. The New Testament alone mentions it 149 times, the four gospels 49 times. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)  I expect you’re familiar with the above verse. […]

“Quiet”, Susan Cain

I’m an introvert so found this book fascinating reading for two key reasons: 1. It helped me better understand why I am the way I am. Further, Susan Cain also provides analysis of extroverts as well to provide a balanced approach. I loved the fact Susan didn’t just rely on her own study of individuals […]

ACFW Conference – Mike Hyatt Keynotes

Mike gave two keynotes. In the first, he shared his professional and writing journeys. The second was focused on his book “Platform” which was released in May and soon became a New York Times bestseller.                             “Best time to be an author” Mike […]

ACFW Conference Recap – part 3

Once again, the day starts with worship and a devotional from Peter Leavell. Peter had an incredible story of learning to surrender to God through a really tough season. Peter’s story involved letting go. For all of his 30+ years he had been able to rely on his own intelligence and abilities. Then he was […]

“Everything”, Mary deMuth

I’ve been grappling with writing this review for a few days now. I’ve been fortunate to be part of Mary’s “Launch Team” for the book and so received an advance copy of the PDF. I’ve been blessed by participating in a closed group on FB with the other 100 or so members of that team. […]

ACFW Conference Recap – part 2

Day 2 begins with breakfast in the main auditorium. I sit with fellow non-Americans, the “Beyond the Borders’ Chapter as we are known within ACFW. This is fun as I get to meet Lucy, a fellow Aussie, Grace, one of two Kiwis and some other lovely ladies from Canada and Bermuda. Cathy, our “chief”, has […]

ACFW Conference Recap – part 1

Last week I attended my first American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference in Dallas, Texas. I soon became aware that it’s probably the biggest Christian fiction writers’ conference, not only in America, but almost automatically as a result, the world. This is based on 2 stats: 1. Almost 700 fiction writers were in attendance. Yes, […]

A Lucky Dip

Strange title for a post on something so important as reading the Bible, but it reflects how I started out when I committed to read the Word each day. I subscribe to a number of daily devotional newsletters but one I’ve subscribed to for years: John Eldredge’s Daily Reading (subscribe here, need to put in […]