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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

My Puritan story at CT...

Charis has clambered on top of the new-and-noteworthy reviews at Christianity Today. I'm very glad to have that attention, and happy for the words of reviewer and novelist Heather Cross

Charis in the World of Wonders

Marly Youmans (Ignatius Press)

Set in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1690s, Charis in the World of Wonders plunges us into the mind, language, and worldview of a young woman struggling to survive yet finding grace in unexpected places. Youmans’s lush prose evokes a preindustrial, perilous, socially connected world in which the Divine has sovereign reign over outcomes both joyous and sorrowful. Reading it feels like traveling through time and space to experience reality laid bare: Life is fragile, humans need each other, and the created world is shot through with beauty, fear, mystery, and God.

Read more of the list HERE.


  1. Hurrah! The book deserves the attention.

    1. They say every bit helps, right?

      As someone who has had Big 6 (now Big 5) publishers, moderate sized publishers, a micro publisher, academic publishers, publishers in 3 countries... I'm really not sure that many books that are not lead books with the Big 5 do get much attention. And so we can't really worry about attention, can we?

      Thank you, Scott--I'm glad you came by.

    2. I read everything you post here!

      I submitted a story collection yesterday to a tiny publisher. Even if I get a book deal, how many readers will I get? Not so many. The quest for profit poisons the well of art. Not much new there. But the work can still be good, and vital, and beautiful, and necessary. And so worth doing. Keep them coming.

    3. Rah! I hope they want it. Glad you submitted... Yes, keep on making beautiful things.

      I probably won't write a novel for a while--too many duties at the moment. But eventually.


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.