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Image or Identity?

Image or Identity?

Today I’m excited to have a guest blogger, my friend Sheri Snyder who works as a para-chaplain for Pacific Youth Correctional Ministry. Sheri goes into juvenile detention in order to share the word of God with incarcerated youth. A great ministry and very tough mission field. What images come to mind when I mention drug addicts, gang bangers, prostitutes, thieves, liars, and felons?  And yet these are real people; children, in fact, serving time “behind-the-walls” of youth detention facilities across America.  Consider your life if this is how others saw …

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Doing the Crime and Doing the Time

Doing the Crime and Doing the Time

Back in the seventies there was a TV show called Baretta. The tag line was something like, “you do the crime, got to do the time.” Very straight forward until the individual doing the crime is a minor. If someone 12, 13, or 14 commits a serious crime, should they be locked up for the greatest portion of the rest of their lives? When I worked as a juvenile detective, I’ll confess there were times I thought that the old adage “children should be seen and not heard” should be …

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Of Plots and Plotters

Of Plots and Plotters

Where do you get ideas for your novels? Since I write suspense fiction, and in every book I have written the main character is a police officer, I often get ideas for novels from true crime reports, and in one or two cases, from crimes I saw while I worked in uniform. Sounds morbid, but since I believe there is hope in every situation, sometimes the more tragic the crime, the more hopeful the story becomes in my mind. There’s a web page I check regularly that is a compilation …

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