30.1.09

Inspiring Tales of Former Grocery Clerks

Here's a head-scratcher for you. Which evangelical tool does more damage to Christianity's reputation: sandwich board doomsayers or email forwards?

Somehow, I've reached the point where I don't get these forwards anymore, though I still have some of my favorites saved in various spots. I guess the latest one is a rehashing of Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner's rise from grocery store stock boy to Super Bowl champion/possible champion. Today, Deadspin mentioned the how the treacly story, made up by who knows who, is actually less-inspiring than the truth.

My suggestion: shame email forwarders into relenting. I don't care if it's your 90 year-old grandmother...mock her until she never does it again.

In other news, I've been trying to pitch a novel about a Warner-esque character who worked in a grocery store for a year when he was down on his luck, only to move to Phoenix and become a powerful Christian media mogul/editor. "Too gory" was the response from Harvest House. Don't they see graphic violence is the future of Christian writing?

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