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Writing for the Gospel Coalition blog, Matthew Barrett shared the concern earlier this week that the replacement of physical Bibles with iPads in the pulpit, while a “subtle shift,” comes with several potential dangers. His post –– "Dear Pastor, Bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
Leonard's rebound my Clarion in dark brown English calf with beautiful results. Last year I visited Leonard’s Book Restoration, where I met the Haleys, Eric and Margie, and their staff of dedicated bookbinders. At the time they were in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
The Crossway Omega The first time I visited Crossway, I brought something for show and tell: a thinline ESV rebound in thick black goatskin. The thinline text setting was my favorite at the time, because the absence of center column... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
When I heard that R. L. Allan planned to have some of their editions not only printed but also bound by Jongbloed in the Netherlands, I had mixed feelings. True, Jongbloed has set the bar high in the editions they’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
“Go big or go home.” If that phrase isn’t already carved in marble above the entrance at, home of the new Schuyler imprint of high-quality Bibles, then it should be. These folks don’t seem to know how to do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
The case for paper Let’s get one thing out of the way: thumbs up for technology. I’m a fan and always have been. You have an Apple iPhone? Great. So do I. And I have an Apple Newton, too, just... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
Tourists visiting Versailles can’t help being impressed –– all the fountains! the Hall of Mirrors! –– but hand them the keys and let them move into the place, and before long they will be complaining about how those fountains keep... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post about the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I love everything about the Single Column Journaling Bible. Well, almost everything. After months with the SCJB, I’ve found one feature that doesn’t really fit into my... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
Single column settings Single column Bibles were a rarity until recently. The success of the Message Remix brought them into the mainstream, but a number of years passed before other translations got into the game. The first efforts, while promising,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
I know, I know. Rule #1 of blogging is to update often, and I am the chief of sinners in that regard. More is in the pipeline, including my latest thoughts on the Cambridge Clarion, which I've been using for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Bible Design Blog
If you love my Roland March series and wish you could introduce more people to the dogged and depressed Houston homicide cop, here's a perfect opportunity. Since Friday, the first book in the series, Back on Murder, has been available... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Crime Genre
Ever found yourself at a fancy party, looked around at the impressive guests, and wondered, "How did I get invited to this thing?" That's how my month has gone. One day my byline is at First Things' On the Square... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Bible Design Blog
Thinking of giving the Bible as a gift this Christmas? First Things asked me to give some recommendations, which you can find at On the Square here: "Christmas Guide to Buying a Bible" I had a hard time narrowing down... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Bible Design Blog
Verdict: If you liked the form factor of the Allan Reader's ESV but were disappointed with the opacity of the paper, the Schuyler ESV is an attractive alternative. It's not every day that a new player enters the league of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Bible Design Blog
One of the pleasures of the novel I'm working on, which is set partly in the fifteenth century, is that it gives me an excuse to re-read Sir Steven Runciman. Since, in addition to being an historian, Runciman was also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Crime Genre
I wrote a guest post yesterday for The Thrill Begins, ITW's blog aimed at new thriller writers. The post is titled "Don't Write What You Know. Write Like You Know." Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Crime Genre
When I made my Top 5 list of American crime shows on television, I promised to do the same thing for the Brits. This list reaches farther back into history, mainly because I loved British crime shows long before American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Crime Genre
What if Philip Marlowe had lived in Berlin in the 1930s instead of LA? Novelist Philip Kerr explored the question in a trio of novels written in the late 80s, with his Marlowe stand-in Bernie Gunther. The Berlin Noir trilogy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Crime Genre
I came across some great advice on writing, in of all places the September issue of Vogue. Tucked between the full-color ads is playwright David Hare's account of how he came to write the screenplay for Louis Malle's film Damage.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Crime Genre
“I suspect we’re near the end of the glamor days of juvenile delinquency. I think a very unusual crop of kids is coming along. Good kids, but strange. They’ve become bored with the dissipations of their elders and the animal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Crime Genre
Ranking my favorite crime shows on TV really kills me. For one thing, I don't like countdown lists. By nature I am a thumbs-up/thumbs-down kind of guy who doesn't spend a lot of time worrying about the finer shades of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Crime Genre
A more experienced novelist gave me a hard time once for talking too much about the story I was working on. To be fair, I'd dumped ten minutes of exposition on him -- too much by anyone's standards. "You should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Crime Genre
In her essay "Imagination and Community," Marilynne Robinson laments the fact that so many writing students come to her classroom with a cynical view of readers: "A pretty large percentage of these fine young spirits come to me convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Crime Genre
One of the lessons drilled into me during grad school: a writer doesn't respond to critics. Let your work speak for itself. Once you start trying to explain it, you've lost. To explain is to demystify. To explain is to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Crime Genre
Writers develop strange work habits. Maybe it's the isolation, all those hours alone with no structure to the work day apart from what you provide on your own. One of my eccentricities kicks in whenever I begin a new book:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Crime Genre