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No malice aforethought

3 Jan

I feel like I’ve been insulting Raymond Chandler.

Not deliberately. But given his tough-guy persona, I’m pretty glad he’s no longer alive to hear my insult.

What insult?

I’ve been telling people that when I write the Nascent Payne mysteries (The sort-of Murder of Fiona Galloway, The Man with Two Eyes and the upcoming The No-Good Book), I’m channeling my inner Raymond Chandler.

But I’ve been reading the Kindle version of Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake and I feel put to shame. Here’s a sample from the opening chapter:

I went past him through an arcade of specialty shops into a vast black and gold lobby. The Gillerlain Company was on the seventh floor, in front, behind swinging double plate glass doors bound in platinum. Their reception room had Chinese rugs, dull silver walls, angular but elaborate furniture, sharp shiny bits of abstract sculpture on pedestals and a tall display in a triangular showcase in the corner. On tiers and steps and islands and promontories of shining mirror-glass it seemed to contain every fancy bottle and box that had ever been designed. There were creams and powders and soaps and toilet waters for every season and every occasion. There were perfumes in tall thin bottles that looked as if a breath would blow them over and perfumes in little pastel phials tied with ducky satin bows, like the little girls at a dancing class. The cream of the crop seemed to be something very small and simple in a squat amber bottle. It was in the middle at eye height, had a lot of space to itself, and was labeled Gillerlain Regal, The Champagne of Perfumes. It was definitely the stuff to get. One drop of that in the hollow of your throat and the matched pink pearls started falling on you like summer rain.

A neat little blonde sat off in a far corner at a small PBX, behind a railing and well out of harm’s way. At a flat desk in line with the doors was a tall, lean, dark-haired lovely whose name, according to the tilted embossed plaque on her desk, was Miss Adrienne Fromsett.

She wore a steel gray business suit and under the jacket a dark blue shirt and a man’s tie of lighter shade. The edges of the folded handkerchief in the breast pocket looked sharp enough to slice bread. She wore a linked bracelet and no other jewelry. Her dark hair was parted and fell in loose but not unstudied waves. She had a smooth ivory skin and rather severe eyebrows and large dark eyes that looked as if they might warm up at the right time and in the right place.

And sprinkled throughout the book are gems like this one from later in the same chapter:

The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.

Chandler was a master at massaging words into sentences never seen before, so if you like mysteries and good writing, I highly recommend The Lady in the Lake.

On the other hand, I feel sometimes like I’m doing well if I avoid tired old chiches. Like, “tired old chiche.”

Sorry, Mr. Chandler.

A preview of the devotional

25 Sep

The Focus of PrayerWant to get a taste of the 30-day devotional, The Focus of Prayer? The Author’s Foreword is designed to do just that — and let’s face it, you’ll probably just skip over it in the book. So here it is:

I’d like to think that discovering an important yet overlooked fact about prayer would change a person’s life.

Unfortunately, it does not.

Years ago, I learned something significant about prayer. But when I started to write this book, it was truly ironic that I was writing about prayer. I had the third-worst prayer life of any Christian in the Western Hemisphere. (It’s true—I took a quiz on Facebook.)

So writing this book was a great fit for me, for two reasons.

First, this was the perfect place for a writer to be. I had no qualifications to say to you, “Here is the right way.” I couldn’t set myself up as an example. I could only let God be God. I could only point to what I’ve seen in His Word and, with wonder and excitement, say, “Hey, come over here! Look what I found!”

Second, working through this book allowed me to apply that fact to my prayer life. And it helped. Tremendously. Facts don’t change people. God changes people. God frequently uses prayer to reorient our hearts toward Him, and that’s when change begins.

So here’s my invitation to join me as, together, we explore and pray through what God says about prayer. I’ll show you what God used to change my prayers, and thus, my life. Let’s find joy on this journey …

Ian Fallis

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Can they just give it away?

22 Sep

The Focus of PrayerNew Tribes Mission is giving away my book!

But I’m good with that. I wrote it for them. And for you.

The book is called The Focus of Prayer, and it’s a 30-day devotional on, of all things, prayer. It explores three topics that are often overlooked in our prayer lives, and then examines how we can bring those together in a balanced prayer life.

It’s all packaged into 30 brief daily readings. And for those who want more, downloading the book will also give access to a free study guide. The book is available for Kindle and as a PDF.

One reader called it “superb,” and said he “found it encouraging and challenging.”

Other readers shared these comments:

“Enjoying reading through your book and growing.”

The Focus of Prayer has provided helpful insights and is helping mature my prayer life.”

Get your copy here!

Writing is such a blast …

4 Jun

Lightning8_-_NOAAA crack of thunder punctuated the patter of rain on the roof. I walked from my office to our conference room to look out on the darkened afternoon. I watched the wind whip rain, leaves and small branches through the air. Now and then, lightning blazed and thunder roared.

It seemed fitting to observe the power of an afternoon thunderstorm that rolled in as I worked on the final draft of the study guide for the devotional, The Focus of Prayer.

I have completed editing the devotional itself. Last week I wrote the first draft of the study guide, and after I went back through it this week, I passed that off for editing. I think I’ll stop describing the process there. Suffice it to say that I made a two-page list of everything that needed to get done, and I’m churning through it. Every so often, I remember something else to add to the list.

I should also say that everything is on track for NTM to release the book and study guide in mid-June.

The devotional ebook and the study guide will be free. The devotional takes a look not only at praying for yourself, but two areas of prayer that are often overlooked, and integrates them into a balanced prayer. The daily study guide takes you deeper into related passages or concepts.

Does that sound like something you’ll want to use?

The Focus of Prayer

26 May
I still have one of these, though I haven't shot medium format in a long time.

I still have one of these, though I haven’t shot medium format in a long time.

This might seem like quite a leap.

I’m finishing up a young-adult fantasy series, and fleshing out a science fiction/Western/paranormal/romance/hard-boiled detective/humor series … and now I’ve written a devotional on prayer.

But the devotional is tied to my “day job” with New Tribes Mission.

The Focus of Prayer: a Balanced Prayer Life takes a look not only at praying for yourself – which we all do and should do – and seeks to balance it with two important facets of prayer that we often miss: praying for others, and praying for what’s on God’s heart.

The Kindle version will be free, and there will also be a free study guide. We’ll also make a print version, which will incorporate the study guide, but because of production costs, we’ll have to charge for that.

I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready to go.

In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about my work with NTM, you can take a look at my NTM blog.

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