Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Beautiful Ache

My friend Leigh McLeroy has released a new book titled, The Beautiful Ache, published by Revell. I will buy it because I know Leigh, and I will like it because we like so many of the same things. I will recommend it because she is a writer's writer; she studies the masters and thinkers and poets we all admire and I am sure you will appreciate my recommendation.

Or I can point you to this interview by Glenn Lucke, over at Common Grounds, and let you make up your own mind. This is one of the best interviews I have read in years, in part because instead of giving Leigh a prescribed list of questions, Glenn actually responds to Leigh's answers and presses for further thought. I felt as though I was eavesdropping on a heated debate tucked in the corner of Taft Street Cafe.

As Glenn explores some of the topics in Leigh's book such as the Ache for Adventure, the Ache for Worship, and the Ache for Love, he won't be satisfied with sound bytes and convenient answers. Trusting in their longtime friendship, Leigh replies honestly and poignantly and gives the reader a true flavor of her wit and wisdom.

The interview is posted over a three-day period and the best part (for writers) is in the third installment. I wish every interview I read could be this much fun.


Anonymous said...

Karen - thanks for your kind words. I'm glad the interview with Glenn for Common Grounds was fun to read. It was definitely a joy to do...not rote or prescribed at all. I hope you like the book. Let me know what you think once you've read it. You're my kind of reader -and writer! Leigh

The Cubicle Reverend said...

It is nice to see more christian writers are looking to greater minds for inspiration.

Anthony said...

I actually downloaded and read an excerpt of The Beautiful Ache and found the prose be quite wonderfully done. I wish I had come to know Leigh while in Houston, she could have helped my writing greatly. I'm going to buy the book; she's a great writer.