The First Commandment

The First Commandment

They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods.” ­– Isaiah 42:17 The First Commandment is, of course, “Have no other gods before Me.” Certainly not Communication. To reify our writing, to make of it a genie that draws magic...

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On Dragons

On Dragons

When I wrote an article recommending a movie about dragons, a fellow Christian not only refused to watch the movie, but also to read the article, clearly thinking, “Dragons come from the Devil.” Well, yes, the Devil is the original serpent, the same that tempted Eve to sin, and she Adam. Is it not...

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A Translation Project

A Translation Project

I woke up this morning with an odd phrase in my head: “Tribes have many ways to find the way to the roof.” There was no context, no dream to accompany it, but I realized (extrapolating from my own experience) that it should be: “The people need to know there is only one way to heaven.” Anyone has...

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Give Your Brush a Bath

Give Your Brush a Bath

This morning I realized that the odor I smelled each morning in the bathroom was not coming from me after all but from my hairbrush. So I gave it a bath. Then I realized that blogging is like that. All of us communicate every day, but those of us who write daily or weekly need to brush up. We use...

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Don’t Worry About Being Obvious!

Don’t Worry About Being Obvious!

Recently I returned from a ten-day mission to South America to sail with a ship that visits most ports in the world every five years, selling books. Not a vacation. On the ship, communication is a very big deal. They don’t have time for excuses, there’s work to do. Arrangements have to be made...

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Exploring Words

Exploring Words

There are two meanings for “word.” One is a single sentence particle. The other is bigger, more expressive. “I’d like to have a word with you,” says your wife. She doesn’t mean that she wants to take a sentence fragment and eat it along with you, as if for lunch. She’s got something to say, and...

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Not a summary but a summation

Not a summary but a summation

While instructing a client on how to submit her book to Amazon to begin sales, I asked her to write a summary of the book. I realized afterward that I should have asked for a summation. From a popular online dictionary: Summary: a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or...

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Overcoming Daily

Overcoming Daily

“The trouble with daily life,” someone once said, “it’s that it’s so daily.” And Daily is a giant. Writing is like that. It can be a day at the beach, sunny and warm; or a walk in the park, light and breezy; or a safari, peering through thick jungles hoping the wildlife doesn’t eat you; a mountain...

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To reify

To reify

You may know by now that to treat an abstract concept as real, or to turn an abstraction into reality, is to reify it. An idea, written down in a book, has been reified. Now it is an object that can be passed from hand to hand, examined at length. But reification is also an approach to writing a...

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

How could all of this come together without the clarifying deep thinking of Roger Shipman of Reify Press? You transformed my concepts into something real and tangible, I pray now a blessing for many.

– Bob Black

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