A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality
by Andrew T. Le Peau
Pub Date 08 Oct 2019
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"In what Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, has recently described as the new curse of our time, the 'age of distraction,' publishing professional Andy Le Peau has written the almost perfect book for Christian writers to help them overcome their own distractions and the distractions of their readers. He covers all of the creative writing topics, and he does it in a way that is compelling and accessible, wise and intelligent. This is now the important book on writing that every Christian writer (and many others) must own, both beginners and advanced professionals. Everyone can learn something from this amazingly well-constructed and well-written book—everyone."
-Roy M. Carlisle, executive editor for Books, Independent Institute
"This book belongs on the reference shelf of every writer. It offers forty years' experience with words—giving readers the equivalent of multiple master's courses for the price of one volume. Le Peau invites, encourages, instructs, and inspires the writer who wants to develop the craft, communicate effectively, respect the reader, and provide a compelling reading experience. He includes great stories and examples from many writers, but through the whole we perceive his own true voice and the heart of one who has loved books and the complex, glorious process of creating them."
-Vinita Hampton Wright, author of The Soul Tells a Story
"I've read a lot of books—often if I'm honest—to avoid the act of writing. But Write Better isn't for avoidant writers. To take Le Peau's reliable, witty advice is to find ways to get started and keep going, all the while staying sober about the responsibility of turning words out into the world. Gratefully, it's not at all like pulling a rabbit out of a hat."
-Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox
"Andy Le Peau's Write Better—witty, down-to-earth, and informed by a lifetime in publishing—combines a wealth of practical advice with a distinctively Christian perspective on the writer's craft. It will be useful to aspiring young writers just starting out and to seasoned academics who want to reach a larger audience."
-John Wilson, Englewood Review of Books
"An invaluable treasure-trove of wisdom, counsel, humor, and practical suggestions and tips—as one of the poorer writers on whom Andy Le Peau has honed his legendary skills, I only wish I had read this book before I started writing."
-Os Guinness, author of Fool's Talk
"With decades of experience in the publishing industry, Andy Le Peau has written a comprehensive book filled with wisdom, engaging illustrations, and practical tips for both beginning and seasoned writers. But Write Better is more than a superb work about the craft of writing. This is a book that explores our spiritual formation as writers and calls us to steward the Word with integrity and precision, while providing tools to do so with excellence. What a gift!"
-Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoes series and Shades of Light